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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My Occasion of Sin

Back by popular demand!  Rescheduled performance Tuesday, February 10th, 7:30PM at Stage Left Studio.  Reserve your FREE tickets at



My Occasion of Sin

I will be performing the role of Helen Hollewinski in a staged reading of a very special play that speaks directly to our present tense in black and white, a play about race inspired by a real event. Before there was Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin, there was Vivian Strong. The time is 1969, the place is one of the most segregated cities in the North. The music is polka, rock, jazz, and Motown. Two teenage girls, one white, one black, are about to have their lives changed by an unlikely partnership between an old accordion player and a jazz drummer. The play is “My Occasion of Sin,” by Monica Bauer, directed by Dev Bondarin. Cast members include Joan Anderson, J.Dolan Byrnes, Russell Jordan, and Quinn Warren.

“My Occasion of Sin” premiered at Urban Stages in 2012 where playwright Monica Bauer received their Emerging Playwright Award. The play has also been produced at Shelterbelt Theater in Nebraska, where it won awards for Best New Script from the Theater Arts Guild and Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards, and at Detroit Repertory Theater, where it ran for six weeks in 2014.

The playwright has revised the play, and Cheryl King is producing two staged readings at Stage Left Studio, with a $10 suggested donation, as a benefit for two of the playwright Bauer’s New York theater friends, playwrights Andrew Rothkin and Duncan Pflaster, and their roommate Kim Jones, who recently lost everything when their Queens apartment went up in flames.

There will be two staged readings, both at Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th, between 7th and 8th Avenues

Saturday January 24th at 2pm

Monday January 26th at 7:30

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the GoFundMe campaigns of Duncan Pflaster, Andrew Rothkin, and Kim Jones.

Reservations highly recommended:

Here’s what people are saying about DEAR MOM…

Here’s what people are saying…

“I really enjoyed ‘Dear Mom.’
The actresses were mesmerizing in their roles.
The character changes were flawless and seamless, 
as the subjects of the letters were intertwined.
There is a mix of laughter and tears as you
are drawn into each letter, feeling and
identifying with each and every daughter as
they let go of their perceived hurt to
be able to forgive and heal.
‘Dear Mom’ would be a great girl’s night out.
Kudos to the co-writers for gathering, writing
and presenting such a unique, thought-provoking piece.
‘Dear Mom’ is timeless and approachable.
It is a story line that crosses generations and nations. “
“I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night! It definitely had me laughing and crying.
It made me want to go tell my mom everything I love about her.
The three actresses did a fabulous job.
I wouldn’t really change very much about it at all. Great job!”
“We saw ‘Dear Mom’ last night and were very glad we did. The play is moving and
thought-provoking. The actors are amazing. The play made us laugh and cry.
It made us admire and understand our mothers from different perspectives and
taught us how two people in the same conversation can ‘hear’ very different things.
I would recommend this play for mothers and daughters, sons and fathers.
I have learned a great deal about my mother and about being a mother.”
“I was soooooo happy they stayed for the whole show as, I mentioned, our previous
experience had them leaving at intermission (well, we thought a lot of that
had to do with the tix being free). Regardless whether the teaser-email strategy had
anything to do with it – they certainly embraced the play!”

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Dear Mom, a new Play! ADDED PERFORMANCES…

Standing ovations for both previews…added performances May 24th 2:00 PM and 8:00PM.  Don’t disappoint your Mom.  Come see the show and find out why…

Dear Mom
Performance Schedule
Tuesday               April 1st                   7:00 PM
Wednesday         April 2nd                 7:00 PM
Tuesday               April 8th                  7:00 PM
Wednesday         April 9th                  7:00 PM
Tuesday               April 15th  No Performance
Wednesday         April 16th                7:00 PM
Tuesday               April 22nd               7:00 PM
Wednesday         April 23rd                7:00 PM

Tuesday               May 6th                   7:00 PM
Wednesday         May 7th                   7:00 PM

Sunday               May 11th                2:00 PM
Special Mother’s Day Performance
Reception Afterward

Tuesday               May 13th                 7:00 PM
Wednesday         May 14th                 7:00 PM

Friday                  May 23rd                8:00 PM
Saturday             May 24th             2:00PM &
Special Added Performances     8:00 PM
Tuesday               May 27th                 7:00 PM

Tuesday               June 3rd                 7:00 PM
Wednesday         June 4th                 7:00 PM