Written and performed by Joan Kane
Directed by Bruce A! Kramer
ALMOST 13 presents memories of a young girl’s violent summer in Brooklyn. Emotionally broken from witnessing a murder and more, she finds herself dancing with a ghost. Can she survive being caught between a disintegrating family and racial violence?
Part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh 2022
Joan Kane (director/producer/dramaturg/writer/actor) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus. Most recently she performed her solo play ALMOST 13 at the Episcopal Actus Guild. She 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, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival where she has directed six pieces. Joan was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. Under her artistic direction Ego Actus has presented 54 productions including 25 stand alone plays and 29 festival entries in 12 different festivals including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Prague Fringe, New York Fringe, the United Solo Festival and FringeArts in Philadelphia. Her shows have been nominated for 61 awards, winning 21. She has also directed plays and readings at the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Actors Studio, T. Schreiber Studio and many others. Joan graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse and has an MFA in Directing from The New School and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Early in her career she was an Equity, AFTRA and SAG actress. She later became a teaching artist for Henry St Settlement, Young Playwrights and Theatre for a New Audience. Joan went on to teach in New York City Public Schools where she was also a staff developer and at Fordham University as an adjunct professor for both under graduate and graduate classes. She is a member of The Rising Sun Performance Company, the League of Independent Theatre, the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers. Joan is an ex-officio Vice President on the Executive Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women.
Bruce A! Kraemer (producer, designer, and playwright) is the producer of all Ego Actus shows. He wrote what do you mean which played at 59E59 Theaters and in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His Identity Paper was in the 2016 United Solo Festival and he cowrote Kafka’s Belinda which played in the 2015 Prague Fringe Festival and was nominated for an Inspiration Award. He has done lighting design for Roundabout Theatre and Soho Rep and has designed shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, the NYC Fringe, Theatre Row, and many others. Bruce also does TV and event lighting, audio, technical direction, stage management, production intercom and RF coordination. He has done one or another of those for the Summer and Winter Olympics, the Paralympics, the World Cup, two Papal visits, three Superbowls, the Commonwealth Games, the Goodwill Games, six Tony Awards, the Grammys, three Video Music Awards, the WNBA All Star Game, the NBA All Star game, the NBA Draft, four NFL Drafts, the MLB Draft, ten Christmas Tree Lightings at Rockefeller Center, on Broadway, off Broadway, off off Broadway, for dance, fashion shows, art installations and hundreds of corporate events.
“This story is lovingly told by a powerful artist, one whose work has mostly been of the behind-the-scenes variety—if you like solo shows, this is definitely a performance you will want to see.” – Theatre Is Easy
“Love heals even when the hope seems gone. When the lights went to blackout after her last brilliant and hopeful line, she came out to do her a bow to a standing ovation. Three times.” – Malinism