Attorney Street

Written & Performed by Edgar Oliver

Directed by Randy Sharp

October 26 - November 19, 2016

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Adults$35; Seniors/Students$25; Artists/Under 30 $15; Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE

Edgar Oliver, the singular storyteller and beloved downtown NYC theatre artist, returns to Axis Theatre to perform the world premiere of Attorney Street, the final installment in a trilogy of solo shows, directed by Randy Sharp, charting Oliver's life in New York City. Following 2014's acclaimed In the Park and, before it, 2009's breakthrough East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House (Edinburgh Fringe First Award; NYT Critic's Pick), Attorney Street follows Oliver as he is forced to leave his longtime home in one of the last East Village SROs, on East 10th Street, and finds his way to his current residence, on Attorney Street on the Lower East Side. Between the two was a circuitous path that held turns and encounters that changed Oliver's life, and opened doors he never thought existed.

Stage Manager/Asst. Director - Marc Palmieri
Asst. Stage Manager - Edward Terhune
Lighting Designer - David Zeffren
Asst. Lighting Designer - Amy Harper
Original Music - Paul Carbonara
Musicians - Paul Carbonara, Samuel Quiggins
Costume Designer - Karl Ruckdeschel
Set Designer - Chad Yarborough
Carpentry - Mike Bajor, Pauly Eisemann, Matt Doliner, Bill Baker
Set Painters - Leann Maldonado, Oscar Krol, Jenna Snyder
Website & Graphic Designer - Ethan Crenson
Publicity/PR - Blake Zidell & Assoc.
Photography - Pavel Antonov, Maria Baranova-Suzuki
Production Assistant - Regina Betancourt
Box Office Manager - Erik Savage

Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Maria Baranova
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Maria Baranova
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Maria Baranova
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Maria Baranova
  • Edgar Oliver - photo by Maria Baranova

“... extraordinary ... in 'Attorney Street,' (Edgar Oliver's) seriously haunting new performance piece ... the phantoms summoned by this one-of-a-kind monologuist are both vivid and elusive, as such manifestations must be ... Mr. Oliver's tone often seems poised between that of Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe, with perhaps a touch of Tennyson's memorializing rapture. Mr. Oliver is, above all, an elegist, as so many 19th-century writers were.”
—Ben Brantley
The New York Times
“The autobiography of Edgar Oliver hauntingly describes and defines what it means to be human. For those who've experienced real loss, unanswered love, abandonment, loneliness, guilt, disappointment, or regret, this performance will reach deeply into their souls. For those who've been fortunate enough to live lives of ease, comfort, and acceptance, Attorney Street will open their hearts and mind to the human condition, and reveal what it means to truly be alive.”
—Plays to See
“The piece is a brief anthology of farewells, to a bakery in an earlier New York, to a lost poem, to a father he never knew. There's a feeling of suspended time: Oliver sometimes seems like a time-traveler buffeted by our too-noisy world ... lyrical ... heartbreaking...”
—Helen Shaw | 4 STARS
Time Out New York
“(Edgar Oliver) is funny and warm, wide-eyed and thoughtful, charming and vulnerable ... (his) storytelling and performance are intimate and personal ... Attorney Street is a genuinely special night of small pleasures in the downtown theater.”
—Front Row Center
“Edgar Oliver, Actor and Raconteur, Hews to His East Village Past ”
The New York Times
WATCH EDGAR OLIVER | A Video Portrait by Bo Gehring