The downtown performance artist's life is not one of fame and fortune, which is why so many performance artists never stick with it. However, this is not the story of Pat Oleszko.
Since the '70s, she's been performing her various impressions, anecdotes and overall theatrical experience. Now, she’s brought to downtown's Performance Space 122 her latest work, Roamin' Holiday: A View from A Broad, ending Oct. 29. Performances began Oct. 19.
With Roamin' Holiday, her "new pizza with everything on it," Oleszko rants about the Pope and the "wholly roaming empire" with her artillery of props, hand-crafted wearable tableaux (costumes), and other weapons of spectacle.
Frank DenDanto III takes on the lighting duties for this production, but Oleszko pretty much does the rest. The show is written, directed and performed by her and features original props and costumes by the two time Tony-nominated artist. Other works by Oleszko include Knee O, Nora's Art and Bluebeard's Hassle: The Writes of the Wives.