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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


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