Edgar Oliver

Edgar Oliver
Edgar Oliver, photo by Pavel Antonov

Edgar Oliver is a writer and performer who has lived and worked in New York for many years.  He started out reading his poems and performing monologues at the Pyramid night club in the early 1980’s.

From 1988 to 2001 he wrote and staged a series of autobiographical plays – premiering a new play almost every year in the Club at LaMama on east 4th Street.

Titles include The Seven Year Vacation, The Ghost of Brooklyn, Mosquito Succulence, Motel Blue 19, and The Drowning Pages.

In recent years he has written and performed a series of one man shows that have won much critical acclaim.
These shows include Helen and Edgar – directed by Catharine Burns of The Moth – and East 10th Street: self-portrait with empty house, In the Park, and Attorney Street – all three directed by Randy Sharp of the Axis Theatre Company.
This October and November (2017) Edgar will be performing East 10th Street, In the Park, and Attorney Street as a trilogy at the Axis Theatre, The trilogy is called “Edgar Oliver’s New York Stories”
   
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  1. […] Edgar Oliver is a writer, performer, and poet based in New York. Presently he is working on a trilogy of autobiographical shows for Axis Theatre. Oliver is no stranger to autobiographical plays having produced many between 1988 and 2001. Known for his distinctive style of speaking, Oliver says his style of speaking and particularly how he delivers his writing when read aloud have developed over the years. Oliver grew up with his mother and sister, Helen following the death of his father two months before he was born. He learned speech from his sister as much as he did from his mother and says he and his sister developed their own way of speaking. Oliver had an isolated childhood during which time he was very shy. Performing was never something he considered though he always knew he wanted to be a writer which meant he would have to give readings. His first reading ever was at the Pyramid Night Club on Avenue A. […]