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Writers Block 2016 Presents Robert Heide East of the Sun, Zoe’s Letter, and Increased Occupancy

Writers Block 2016 Presents Robert Heide East of the Sun, Zoe’s Letter, and Increased Occupancy

October 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Howl! Happening
6 East 1st Street
New York City, NY 10003 + Google Map

Monday, October 24, 2016 / 7 PM

Part of the 2016 Writers Block staged reading and performance festival

Plays and theater reminiscences, the 60s, 70s, and 80s

The staged readings of three short plays by actors, East of the Sun, Zoe’s Letter, and Increased Occupancy, 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 readings, 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 Heide’s 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 Warhol’s film Lupe starring Edie Sedgwick. His play I Shop: Andy Warhol was recently presented by Peculiar Works Project.

TICKETS: $20 Suggested Donation
Limited Space. To reserve a seat buy your tickets now

The staged readings series is a benefit for the Actors Fund’s Howl! HELP, providing emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have made or continue to make their careers in New York’s East Village and Lower East Side arts communitiesHowl! HELP is administered by the Actors Fund and 100% ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund.

Image:  Robert Heide (left) and Allen Ginsberg (center) with co-author John Gilman (right) at a book party for  book entitled Greenwich Village – A Primo Guide to Shopping, Eating, and Making Merry in True Bohemia

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