Edgar Oliver
Edgar Oliver is an American
United States
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Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance...

 and film actor, poet, performance artist
Performance art
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 and playwright
A playwright, also called a dramatist, is a person who writes plays.The term is not a variant spelling of "playwrite", but something quite distinct: the word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder...

. Born in Savannah
Savannah, Georgia
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, Georgia
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, he has lived and worked in New York City
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 since 1977. He is considered a "legend" of the downtown New York theatre scene.


Oliver first started performing in New York City at the Pyramid Club
Pyramid Club
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 in the mid-1980s. Notable New York City productions include his roles in Edward II with Cliplight Theater and numerous productions at the Axis Theatre Company including A Glance at New York (which played at the Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
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) and his autobiographical one-man show East 10th Street: Self Portrait With Empty House which enjoyed an extended run with Axis.

His film credits include the Independent Spirit Award-winning The Jimmy Show and the multi-award-winning Henry May Long. He appeared in the latest Jared Hess
Jared Hess
Jared Lawrence Hess is an American filmmaker known for his work Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre , which he co-wrote and directed with his wife, Jerusha Hess....

 film Gentlemen Broncos
Gentlemen Broncos
Gentlemen Broncos is a 2009 comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, and directed by Jared Hess. The film stars Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell and Jennifer Coolidge.-Plot:...

and also stars in the futurist thriller That's Beautiful Frank. He is also a frequent performer/storyteller with The Moth
The Moth
The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the...


As a playwright Oliver has frequently been produced at La MaMa ETC, most notably the 2000 production of his play The Drowning Pages starred Deborah Harry
Debbie Harry
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 (of Blondie
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Oliver has published three poetry collections: A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There, Summer, and The Man Who Loved Plants.

Oliver has also gained cult fame appearing on the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
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 series Oddities
Oddities (TV series)
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and was notable for his line "Is that a straitjacket?", which was featured in the show's promos.

On November 26 2011, Third Man Records Released Tri-Color 45 of his "In The Park". Only 100 copies where produced 50 being sold at Third Man Records in Nashville TN, and 50 the shop Oddities in New York.

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