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.
The images below are book covers and spreads from the poetry books mentioned in the interview that are published and sold by Oilcan Press.

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  1. […] Edgar Oliver has been our guest before. Oliver is a poet and performer, among other things. In October 2019, Oliver staged a one-man show at Axis Theater Company. Titled Victor, the show was about a man Oliver knew when he lived in a rooming house. Victor became homeless and began living in a friend’s van but died of exposure during a cold winter while Oliver was away in Italy visiting his sister. For the performance, Oliver collaborated with musicians who appeared onstage with him. To hear more about this show as well as to listen to Mr. Oliver read some of his own work – and to truly experience this fascinating and unique artist – listen to the complete interview. […]