The live 10-play series from the award-winning international production company Ego Actus will run Tuesdays at 7PM/ET through December. There will be no performance on Election Day, November 3.

Gary Morgenstein’s drama Saving Stan, a love story about passion friendship and suicide, will kick off the new Survival is Insufficient Zoom Theater reading series on Tuesday, October 6 at 7PM.

In Saving Stan, Stan Nagel, a rich 60ish lawyer, suffers a stroke and can’t talk. His best friend Jack Sanders, a 60ish failed writer, somehow hears him and believes Stan is asking for help to commit suicide in exchange for getting his estate. The third character, 40-something lonely Patrice Doner, the live-in health care aide, grows suspicious of Jack’s intentions while falling in love with Stan, with whom only she can dance. Who will Save Stan?

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Directed by Joan Kane, the play stars Frances McGarry* as Patrice Doner, Carlo Fiorletta* as Stan Nagel and J. Dolan Byrnes* as Jack Sanders.

Gary Morgenstein (playwright) is the author of the funny new drama about racial harmony, A Black and White Cookie, directed by Joan Kane and produced by Ego Actus, which is scheduled to open at the Theater for the New City post-lockdown. His other works include A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx about a 1960s Bronx Jewish family’s search for the American Dream. Morgenstein is the author of six novels including the critically acclaimed dystopian sci-fi baseball book A Mound Over Hell, which has been hailed as “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” His new novel A Fastball for Freedom will be published in 2021.

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed Sycorax at HERE, Play Nice! at 59e59 theaters, I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Joan was named Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival and is in the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. Joan has an MFA in Directing and MS in Museum Education. She is a member of NY Madness, the Dramatists Guild, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and New York Women in Film and Television. Please see and

Frances McGarry* (Patrice Doner) Ph.D. is an actor, arts advocate activist, theatre educator and podcast host of First Online With Fran featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts. She recently performed in a Zoom staged reading of A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx by Gary Morgenstein and was cast in a Hallmark TV movie that airs Christmas 2020. Member of LPTW & NYWIFT. Represented by BMG. Please see her sites and

Carlo Fiorletta * (Stan Nagel) is a Queens College CUNY graduate. Stage: Robert in Proof, Sal in Those the River Keeps, Kaplan in Bogosity.  Film: Detours an Action on Film Festival best film and Surviving Family both are on Amazon Prime and Tubi. TV: Multiple dramas and histories. Carlo is the President of GIAA and married to Mara Lesemann.

J. Dolan Byrnes* (Jack Sanders) is a New York based actor.  Recent credits: Charles Peters in Don’t Stand Up! streaming soon at the Hartford Fringe Festival, Harry Truman in Give ‘Em Hell Harry, Mark in Melting the ICE, and Nikolai in The Long Way Home.  He is two-time recipient of the Outstanding Actor Award from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for his roles in what do you mean and When The Party’s Over. Dolan is a member of Articulate Theatre Company. 

Stark Wilz (stage directions reader) is a musician and singer/songwriter, as well as actor, poet and writer in New York City who hails from the Midwest and spent his youth acquiring culture and education in America and Europe. His music and political musings are widely available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, as well as a host of other platforms.

Ego Actus (production company) is Latin for “My Way.” Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer created an independent theatre in company in 2009 dedicated to doing art for art’s sake. Joan directs, Bruce designs, and we both produce. We have done shows at 59e59 Theaters, Theatre Row, HERE, Theater for a New City, Urban Stages and in Edinburgh and Prague. We are affiliated with the League of Independent Theater and Fractured Atlas. We consider this series to be our 50th production. Please see

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Gary Morgenstein’s A TOMATO CAN’T GROW IN THE BRONX Will Have Online Reading As Part of Create Theatre’s Monday Night Reading Series

While waiting for the post-COVID 19 premiere of their new funny drama about racial harmony A Black and White Cookie, Playwright Gary Morgenstein and Director Joan Kane are teaming up to present an exclusive live online reading of Morgenstein’s A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx at’s Monday Night Reading Series on Monday, April 27 at 7PM/EST, 4PM/PST. Please RSVP at

Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is a dramedy about a blue-collar family overcoming emotional warfare as they try leaving their crumbling Bronx tenement to fulfill the dream of an idyllic suburban home where tomatoes can grow.

The Monday Night Reading Series is produced by Off-Broadway producer, director and dramaturg Cate Cammarata for It is dedicated to helping writers develop their work during the Covid-19 shutdown, and to creating an online theater community.

“Like my upcoming play A Black and White Cookie, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is an uplifting story of a dysfunctional family – forgive the redundancy – who overcome their fears and differences to find a way to come together. In these unsettling times, theater should light a path through the terror, through faith in ourselves and each other, aided by the timeless and approved treatment of laughter.”

Featured in the reading will be J. Dolan Byrnes*, Frances McGarry*, Devorah Brand Palladino, Nick Palladino, Chris Collins-Pisano* and Taylor Graves. Stage directions: Laura Varela. (*appears courtesy of AEA).

All About Image/We Are The Elite

Marcina Zaccaria’s All About Image/We Are The Elite

Directed by Tony Tambasco

A drama written in the present time, taking place in New York City and other parts of the U.S., All About Image/ We are the Elite is a journey of the people who make images. In the process of capturing and making these images, the characters explore their personal relationships while re-affirming their aesthetic principles.

What they see is under critique. What they present is a complete outpouring of their entire vision.

Photos courtesy Steven Pisano

Tickets available through Eventbrite

Part of the New York International Fringe Festival

Kraine Theater

85 East 4th Street

New York, NY 10003

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October 3 @ 7:00pm

October 4 @ 7:00pm

October 5 @ 5:15pm

October 6 @ 5:30pm    


David Arthur Bachrach *

J. Dolan Byrnes *

Frances McGarry *

Jeff Burchfield *

Don Carter *

Catherine Luciani

Milton Lyles II

Nana Ponceleon

Akin Salawu

Lourdes Severny

Kelsey Shapira Katy Wilson
* Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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OLD RINGERS: a new comedy by Joe Simonelli

A Hilarious Comedy By Joe Simonelli

Directed by Carol Dorn

It’s Golden Girls meets Calendar Girls in this semi-sequel to Men Are Dogs where four senior women try to fight the shrinking economy and their shrinking pocketbooks by investigating alternative means or generating income.  A wrong number leads to interesting possibilities in this adult bawdy comedy. *Mature Audiences Only*

Theater Review: Theater Barn Cast Definitely Not Phoning It In by Elizabeth Young The Newtown Bee

“Frances McGarry is a brave scene stealer. A gifted comedic actor, she takes hold of her character and plays her at full tilt. “

February 1 ~ 23
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday February 10th & 17th at 2pm

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Cabaret Seating ~ Bring Food & Drink
Doors open one hour prior to curtain

Frances McGarry
Linda Seay
Laurel Lettieri
Stefanie Rosenberg
Sarah Ahearn
Mark Rubino
and Joshua Adelson

LGBT Themes Explored In GLORIOUS DISASTER, A New Comedy By Caroline Prugh

Apr. 17, 2018  

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective NEW WORKS SERIES 2018 will present a staged reading of GLORIOUS DISASTER, a new comedy by Caroline Prugh, Monday April 30, at 7:30pm at the Bernie Wohl Center.

GLORIOUS DISASTER explores gender and sexual orientation themes as three women whose six decades of friendship is disrupted by the rumor of one woman’s love affair after 39 years of marriage. What’s glorious about love can be a disaster to friendship.

Caroline Prugh‘s Prudence was recently featured in the 2018 Liz Smith Reading Series, and the production of It’s Only Kickball, Stupid was one of The Advocate’s NYC Lesbian Stage Highlights of 2014.

GLORIOUS DISASTER will be directed by Valentina Fratti, producing and artistic director of the Miranda Theatre Company, where she most recently directed They Promised Her the Moon at the Theatre at St Clements and Snow Orchid with Angelina Fiordellsi and Robert Cuccioli.

The staged reading of GLORIOUS DISASTER features Ginger Grace, (THE PEARL/Classic Stage Company), Geraldine Leer, (seen recently in Charles Mee‘s SOOT AND SPIT, a NY Times Critics’ Pick), and Frances McGarry (producer/host/blogger of First Online With Fran, an arts advocacy program that features ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts.)

29th Street Playwright Collective Resident Playwrights is dedicated to developing the voices of emerging, mature playwrights through weekly craft discussions and to fostering new work for the stage, with a commitment to gender parity in theatre.

Funding for NEW WORKS SERIES 2018 is made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

Special thanks to Susan Macaluso and the Dramatist Guild Foundation.

The event is Free; $10 Donations are appreciated.

Refreshments served.

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Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd.

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