Edgar Oliver
Mother was a Hit-Run Driver

Steve Zehentner:  Producer, Director, Editor

Edgar Oliver is a poet, playwright and performer appearing in New York theaters, film, and television. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Edgar is a gentleman; erudite, sophisticated, and compassionate. His original works include The Seven Year Vacation, The Lost Bedroom, Motel Blue 19, When She Had Bloodlust, The Master of Monstrosities, The Ghost of Brooklyn, The Poetry Killer, Mosquito Succulence, Hands in Wartime, I Am a Coffin, My Greek Hades, Chop Off Your Ear, and The Drowning Pages.

Mother was a Hit-Run Driver is a monologue from Edgar Oliver's play Motel Blue 19 and was performed at the GOODIE magazine benefit. Camera by Laki Vazakas, Dean Lance, Rick Jungers and Steve Zehentner

This video was produced by The Lower East Side Biography Project. The Lower East Side Biography Project was created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive. The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics.

The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. To this end, the LES Bio Project has a community-media training component where young filmmakers are trained in production and post-production technologies and then become shepherds of an individual oral history that they edit into a 28-minute biography. Since its inception, the LES Bio Project has trained over forty individuals, completed forty 28-minute biographies, videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies are broadcast and streamed live every Wednesday at 11 p.m on Time Warner Cable Channel 34 and