Writers Block: Robert Heide, Three Short Plays
A reading of three short works by Robert Heide:
'East of the Sun,'
and 'Increased Occupancy.'
The staged readings by actors of three short plays by Robert Heide will be directed by Ralph Lewis, one of the founders of the Obie-Award winning theater group Peculiar Works Project. Following the staged readings of the plays this off and off off Broadway theater veteran will talk about his lifes work with the Living Theater, La Mama and other storied downtown institutions.
Robert Heide studied theater at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In New York he attended acting classes with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. At the Actors Studio his mentors in the Playwright/Directors Unit were Harold Clurman, Estelle Parsons, and Horton Foote. His first play Hector was produced initially by The Living Theater at the Cherry Lane Theater on a bill with plays by Jean Cocteau and the poet Kenneth Koch. Later, Hector was produced by Lee Paton Nagrin at New Playwrights Theater off Broadway with Heides second play West of the Moon.
Plays produced at the Caffe Cino in New York included Moon and The Bed, and at La MaMa E.T.C. Why Tuesday Never Has a Blue Monday and Statue. Suburban Tremens and Increased Occupancy were produced at Westbeth Theatre Center by New York Theater Strategy. American Hamburger, Tropical Fever in Key West, and Crisis of Identity were produced at Theater for the New City. His 25 plays are soon to be published by Fast Books. He has co-authored more than a dozen books on American pop culture, including three books for Disney: Disneyana, The Mickey Mouse Watch: From the Beginning of Time, and Mickey Mouse: The Evolution, the Legend, the Phenomenon!. Other books are Box-Office Buckaroos: The Cowboy Hero from the Wild West Show to the Silver Screen, Home-Front America, and Starstruck. His play The Bed was filmed by Andy Warhol, and Heide wrote the screenplay for Warhols film Lupe starring Edie Sedgwick. His play I Shop: Andy Warhol was recently presented by Peculiar Works Project.
About The Writers Block:
The Writers Block Festival was created by Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project to showcase the vision of contemporary writers, performers, and artists many of whom got their start in the nightclubs, seminal performance spaces, and theaters associated in the EV/LES. The festival serves as a benefit for Howl! HELP, providing emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have made or continue to make their careers in New Yorks East Village and Lower East Side arts communities. 100% of ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund.
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