Loony bin. East 10th Street is the address of the building in the East Village that Edgar Oliver has occupied for more than 30 years. When he moved in, it was a rooming house full of various loony people. In the one-man show, Oliver, a famed New York City eccentric, will embody the various characters he met while living in the house. Now, he's the last one left.
Vacancy. As East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House develops, the audience will discover how Oliver ended up alone there, and who he has become along the way. While we'll see how the East Village has changed over the decades, don't expect this to be a tirade about gentrification. "I don't really have many pronounced political opinions," Oliver says. "Cities change. Well, actually, New York changes very rapidly, and that's just really part of New York is change."
Southland tales. Oliver grew up in Savannah, and would take road trips to Charleston with his mother and sister as a child. They'd stay at the Fort Sumter Hotel (now the Fort Sumter House, that big, white apartment building near the Battery) and at Two Meeting Street Inn.