Edgar Oliver is a playwright, poet and performer. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. He is considered “a legend” of the downtown New York theatre scene, and is a member of the Axis Theatre Co. under the direction of Randy Sharp. His last one man show East 10th Street: Self-Portrait with Empty House – produced by Axis and directed by Sharp – was the recipient of a Fringe First Award at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Three collections of his poems are available from Oilcan Press; A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There, Summer, and The Brooklyn Public Library. His novel, The Man Who Loved Plants,
is available from Panther Books.
In the mid-1980’s, Edgar Oliver made his New York debut at the Pyramid and would later perform alongside artists including Hapi Phace, Kembra Pfahler, Samoa and playwright Kestutis Nakas. As a playwright, many of Oliver’s plays have been staged at La MaMa and other Downtown 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 Trinity 5:29, A Glance at New York, Julius Caesar, USS Frankenstein, the Hospital series, Seven in One Blow, and the Brave Little Kid.
Oliver is also one of the most beloved storytellers at The Moth, and has recently joined George Dawes Green’s Unchained, a storytelling bus tour that is also featured in an upcoming documentary about raconteuring called Sudden Owl.
For more information on Edgar Oliver, visit www.edgaroliver.com.
Picture from the upcoming documentary, Sudden Owl