New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir

New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir

by Laurence Overmire

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Overview

Life passes us by in a New York Minute.

Change, for better or worse, is happening with every moment that slips away.

This revealing, intimate and thought-provoking memoir by actor and poet Laurence Overmire is told through a unique combination of poetry and prose, what the author calls a "diary in art."

Coming from a small town in the Midwest, Overmire as a 24-year-old actor was determined to pursue a theatre career in the Big Apple. What happened in that New York minute educated and awakened him.

His remarkable journey, both on and off Broadway, from Manhattan to Harlem to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, brought him into contact with many talented and creative people who would later become stars of stage and screen.

Yet, there were times when the lifestyle took its toll and he felt lucky to escape with his life.

Through it all, the poet within him kept his eye on the greater truths that he was encountering, the ever-present dialogue of rich and poor, black and white, male and female, immigrant and dreamer, in a struggle to survive, thrive, succeed and be recognized in one of the world's greatest cities.

As an historical snapshot in the time preceding and following 9/11, this is a book that will resonate for generations to come.

Who are we as Americans and who will we become? This is the issue that Overmire challenges us to examine. His is an optimistic view, always choosing hope over fear and encouraging us to recognize how precious this life really is.

INCLUDES photographs from the author's personal collection, as well as a Foreword by poet and author, Jean Sheldon.

PRAISE FOR NEW YORK MINUTE: AN ACTOR'S MEMOIR

"Brilliantly expresses the exhilaration, fear, heartache, joy, disappointment, laughter and, ultimately, the loss of innocence that actors undergo when moving to New York to embark on a life in the theatre."

Dea Lawrence, CMO, Variety

"This book, a memoir-in-poetry of his years as an actor in and out of New York, will be invaluable to aspiring actors looking forward, and actors emeritus, ready to look back. It's as if Overmire's personal history has dissolved into words, dissolved further into feeling, dissolved finally into truth."

Margie Boulé, Actress/Writer/Journalist

"My thanks to Laurence Overmire for writing this poetic guide for his fellow travelers. It is a helpful meditation for those with a New York minute in their past, their future, or who, like me, might be in the midst of one right now."

The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, Trinity Church Wall Street

"Rediscover New York as never before, and let yourself be carried away by the wonderful poems of Laurence Overmire, who opens our minds and hearts to our humanity. Once you go through the doors of New York Minute, you will never be the same again."

Jacques Macaire, Founder and Director, HUMANBE, Paris, France

"Overmire crafts scenes as vivid as any painter. The individual poems are stirring views of real life as seen through the eyes and experiences of the poet. The collected works represent a journey anyone can relate to. Perfect reading while on a plane!"

Paul T. Couch, VP, Gary Musick Productions, former Director of Entertainment, Dollywood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979539886
Publisher: Indelible Mark Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

LAURENCE OVERMIRE has had a multi-faceted career as actor, poet, director, educator and genealogist. He embarked on an acting career while studying theatre at Muskingum University in Ohio and obtaining his M.F.A. at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded a Bush Fellowship to become a professional actor with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he worked with such prominent directors as Alan Schneider, Richard Foreman, Garland Wright and Liviu Ciulei, as well as actors Val Kilmer and Patti LuPone. He then went on to a successful career on stage, film and television in New York, Hollywood and points-in-between including the Broadway production of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall and starring Frank Langella and Mark Hamill, the network television soap operas All My Children, Another World, As the World Turns, One Life to Live and Loving, Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, Charles Busch's zany Off-Broadway hits Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Psycho Beach Party, Equity Library Theatre, Roy Brocksmith's California Cottage Theatre, The Nashville Institute of the Arts, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Totem Pole Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Overmire moved to Los Angeles in 1991, where he served as Executive Producer of The Writer's Lab, a non-profit organization to promote quality writing in the entertainment industry. For over 30 years, he has been involved in teaching in the arts, designing programs for Lincoln Center Institute of New York City, Manhattan Theatre Club, Meadow Brook Theatre, Lakewood Center for the Arts and Oregon Children's Theatre among others.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

TAKING MANHATTAN

BRIDGING BROOKLYN

LEAVING NEW YORK

A NEW MILLENNIUM

RETURN TO NEW YORK

PHOTO ALBUM

LINER NOTES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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