Robert Patrick

Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

ROBERT PATRICK (Born Kilgore, Texas, September 27, 1937), a pioneer in Off-Off Broadway and gay theatre, has published over 60 plays. His first, “THE HAUNTED HOST,” premiered at the legendary Caffe Cino in 1964 and has been the first production of gay theatres from Toronto to Sydney. Samuel French called Patrick “New York’s most-produced playwright of the 1960’s,” climaxing in the 1969 “Show Business” Award for “JOYCE DYNEL,” “SALVATION ARMY, and “FOG,” as well as Rockefeller and N.Y.S.C.A.P. grants. Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick interviewed by Penny Arcade, February 2, 2017, for 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 work 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 over sixty 28-minute programs, and videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies cablecast and stream live every Monday at 11 p.m EST, in Manhattan on Time Warner 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and live stream on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel One.

View the current cablecast and livestream schedule on the project's Facebook page.