edgar oliver play: ‘east 10th street: portrait with empty house’

portrait with empty house

edgar oliver play: 'east 10th street: portrait with empty house'

East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House
written and performed by Edgar Oliver
November 6 – 22, 2008
Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 pm
$15 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors

Axis Company presents EAST 10TH STREET: SELF PORTRAIT WITH EMPTY HOUSE, a new play by and about Downtown performance icon Edgar Oliver and directed by Randy Sharp. This look at a life on the fringes of New York’s Lower East Side comes on the heels of what could be Oliver’s breakthrough role in the upcoming film from Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess, Gentlemen Broncos (opposite Sam Rockwell), as well as a national advertising campaign for mobile phones in Ireland that has become a cult phenomenon.

In EAST 10TH STREET: SELF PORTRAIT WITH EMPTY HOUSE, long-standing, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver takes the audience on a fantastic voyage through the strange rooms of the apartment house where he has lived since his first years in New York. Inhabiting the dark, mysterious halls of an East Village tenement building are a dwarf Cabalist, a possible Nazi, the landlord’s former wet nurse who apparently lives in a nest of rags, and many other memorable persons. Edgar leads the audience up to the final room, his own, at the top of the derelict stairs, wherein lie the secrets of his own family and the unbelievable odyssey that brought him there. This incredible cast of characters illuminate the sad, funny, brilliant and deeply personal story.

Georgia native Edgar Oliver started performing in New York at the Pyramid in the mid-1980’s alongside artists including Hapi Phace, Kenbra Pfahler, Samoa and playwright Kestutis Nakas. As a playwright, many of Oliver’s plays have been staged at La MaMa and other downtown NYC theatres, including The Seven Year Vacation, The Poetry Killer, Hands in Wartime, Motel Blue 19, and Mosquito Succulence. As a stage actor, he has performed in countless plays including Edward II with Cliplight Theater, Marc Palmieri’s Carl the Second, Lipsynka’s Dial M for Model, and numerous productions at Axis including A Glance at New York (Edinburgh Festival & NYC), Julius Caesar, USS Frankenstein, Hospital, and Seven in One Blow. Edgar is also one of the most beloved story tellers at The Moth. His film roles include That’s Beautiful Frank, Henry May Long (directed by Axis’ Randy Sharp) and Gentlemen Broncos. His published works include A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There, Summer(published by oilcan press) and The Man Who Loved Plants (published by Panther Books).

One Response to “edgar oliver play: ‘east 10th street: portrait with empty house’”

  1. Edgar,

    I was a guest many years ago to your East 10th Street residence in the early 80’s with my then boyfriend Christophe Ascher- you and Helen knew him and his sister Lili, I believe. We drank Champagne in the dark.
    My cousin in Atlanta forwarded me the link to your new play and I would love to see it. I live just around the way on Mott St. and Bleeker and am sure we have some friends in common. a friend said he met you just before Christmas at Sussanah Sedgewick’s . We both come from the same small Delta town in Mississippi. You can’t possibly remember me but I would love to have you by my salon and photograph you.
    Where is dear Helen now?
    I hope all is well Edgar, I am delighted to find you and hope to see this production when I return from my own wanderings and wish you much success!

    Everett- McCourt

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