Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Coffeehouse Chronicles #123: Edgar Oliver

The next edition of Coffeehouse Chronicles will focus on performer, playwright and poet Edgar Oliver.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Edgar Oliver has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. Edgar has been active in New York's downtown theatre and performing arts community since the early 1980s. He is also one of the most beloved storytellers of the acclaimed storytelling organization The Moth. Over the past thirty years, he has produced work that the New Yorker's Hilton Als calls "emotionally grand," while the Moth's George Dawes Green has described him as "the world's greatest living raconteur."

His plays, many of which were produced at La MaMa and in which he also performed as a stage actor, include The Drowning Pages, Hands in Wartime, The Ghost of Brooklyn, The Lost Bedroom, Motel Blue 19, Mosquito Succulence, The Poetry Killer, and The Seven Year Vacation. Edgar has also been a sought-after actor in myriad other plays, most notably with the Axis Theatre Company under the direction of Randy Sharp. Among his most important achievements are three acclaimed one-man shows: East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House (directed by Randy Sharp); Helen & Edgar (directed by The Moth's Catherine Burns); and most recently, In the Park (also directed by Randy Sharp). In his review of East 10th Street, the New York Times' Ben Brantley called Edgar "a living work of theatre all by himself." Brantley subsequently described Helen & Edgar as "utterly absorbing."

Naomi Gold

Edgar Oliver
Helen Oliver Adelson
Brian Butterick
Michael Laurence
Kevin Malony
Hapi Phace
Angela Rogers

Angela Rogers
Ben Williams

The Coffeehouse Chronicles series is curated by Michal Gamily.

La MaMa presents 


Chronicles #123: 

Edgar Oliver

Saturday, February 28th at 3pm

The Club @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

This is a FREE event, but in keeping with the La MaMa tradition the hat will be passed for donations.

For reservations and info: CLICK HERE