oliver

Edgar Oliver
East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House

… a judiciously austere production… sweet and sinister… (Oliver is) a living work of theater all by himself.”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times

“…an outlandish cast, worthy of Dostoyevsky… creepy and droll beyond words… a pitch-perfect delivery… profoundly affecting.”
– New York Press

As I was walking in front of this old, decayed townhouse, I happened to look up just in time to see a gnarled hand reach through the Venetian blinds and tape this beat-up old paper bag to the inside of the parlor floor window. On the paper bag was scrawled in pencil, in this kind of horror handwriting – Room For Rent. So I ran up the front steps, and I rang the doorbell. The room was very small. But it had a big, beautiful window looking out onto the trees of Tenth Street.

Legendary New York theater-icon Edgar Oliver weaves a fantastical and hilarious voyage through the dark and strange rooms of his East Village tenement building; in-habited by a dwarf cabalist, possible Nazi, the landlord’s former wet nurse, – and wherein lie the secrets of his family and the unbelievable odyssey that brought him there.

Presented in 2010 at PS122 as part of COIL in association with Brian Barnhart, Axis Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Written & Performed by Edgar Oliver
Directed by Randy Sharp
Lighting Design by David Zeffren
Sound Design by Steve Fontaine

Photo: Paula Court

Extended:
Fri, Mar 18 – Sat, Apr 9, 2011
Fri at 8PM, Sat at 10PM


  • See the dreamy daneterrynyc tomorrow night at 8pm @EzERoca for a work-in-progress showing via… https://t.co/bzGddn8eDD

  • Thanks to everyone that came out to the #generativecity long table. Special thanks to @GVCChamber for co-hosting!

  • Community Board meetings are a platform to be heard. #generativecity

  • The rent is too damn high! #generativecity

  • How do you capture the knowledge @Helen_E_Shaw drops in 140 characters? #generativecity

  • In the cyclical world of Jane Jacobs nabe, how do we make sure disenfranchised folks aren't left behind? #generativecity

  • RT @wizbeff: Sustainability of relationship is what causes change. Can this be thoroughly accomplished via social media? #generativecity

  • RT @FourthArtsBlock: We're @ #generativecity w @PS122 @ShopExit9 @GVCChamber 2 discuss how 2 make sustainable relationships bt arts & biz h…

  • Relationship building creates the platform on which value can be shared. #generativecity

  • RT @hyperjetlag: We forget that we as artists are citizens, have power, have value #generativecity

  • There are silos of nonprofits, for profit bigger biz, & smaller biz. How do we get rid of that? #generativecity

  • Do artists sometimes forget we are citizens? We are patrons & customers. We are also providing a value. We have resources. #generativecity

  • RT @matheggem: How do you create wealth in a community via collaboration between local #artists & #smallbiz? #generativecity @PS122 @GVCCha…

  • If there was a shared set of values btwn arts orgs + biz it would almost be in changing policy. #generativecity

  • Shared value is built off of relationships that grow and evolve over time. #generativecity

  • A model of shared value could be @Sofarsounds using biz spaces to draw audiences + offer experiences + exposure to that biz. #generativecity

  • All these distinctions differ across geographies and cultures. #generativecity

  • The distinction lies in transactions vs transformations. #generativecity

  • "Profit" "non profit" is an artificial distinction. We are all businesses whether we're selling products or experiences. #generativecity

  • Shared value is not often talked about in the context of small & mid sized biz. #generativecity

MENU
ps122-logo-small-2