Almost 13, 2022 EdFringe.
“The solo performance from Joan Kane is powerful and at times deeply affecting. She never flinches though, from showing us the pain and the anguish caused by the actions of some characters. You are thrust viscerally into her shoes and cannot help but wonder how it must have been to live through the events in the play.” by Des Reynolds| 9th Aug 2022 in BroadwayBaby.com
Production History of Almost 13
Almost 13 was originally written by Joan Kane in the summer of 2015 at the LaMama Playwrights Symposium in Umbria, Italy with the encouragement and guidance of playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The first version was for 15 actors. Joan directed a reading of that version at LaMama ETC on February 27, 2016. Joan Kane later adapted the play into a solo piece with dramaturgy by Catherine Filloux and performed it twice, under the direction of Bruce A! Kraemer, in the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row opening on September 24, 2019. We remounted the show with additional material for four performances at the Episcopal Actors Guild October 14 to 17, 2021 and one show in the Estrogenius Festival on March 26, 2022. We squeezed it down to ten minutes for the Lower East Side Festival at Theater for the New CIty on May 27, 2022. We presented the show in the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59e59 Theaters in July of 2022 and will in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2022.
“Joan Kane has transformed an act of barbaric cruelty into a poetic soliloquy that she enacts with the heartfelt passion of remembrance.”
Fengar Gael, noted playwright, March 2022
“In Almost 13, Joan Kane utilizes an inventive structure and precisely crafted personal moments to create a deeply affecting NYC coming of age story that will continue to resonate with you long after the show.”
Judith Leora, noted playwright, March 2022
“I am still thinking about Joan’s story and amazing performance… how you could play all of those characters so distinctly is nothing short of a miracle.”
Karen Foster Lehman, executive director of The Episcopal Actors Guild. October 14, 2021
“Almost 13 is not a revenge story, it is a healing story.”
Gil Swire, Co-Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church Canton Massachusetts. October 14, 2021
“Almost 13 is a compelling life story of a little girl who finds her voice and heals our hearts.”
Almost 13 played in New York City in the Estrogenius Festival on March 26, 2022