Almost 13 in 2021

We presented Almost 13 in 2021, written and performed by Joan Kane and directed and designed by Bruce A! Kraemer at the Episcopal Actors Guild at 1 East 29th St, NYC 10016 LIVE October 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30pm and on Sunday October 17 at 4:30pm. Tickets $20.00 on

These are the memories of a young girl’s hot, sweaty summer in Brooklyn. Can she survive being caught between a disintegrating family at home and racial violence on the streets? All she wants to do is jump in the waves at Coney Island and see the fireworks. This play was originally written at the LaMama playwriting symposium in Umbria, Italy. An earlier version of this show sold out $50.00 tickets in the 2019 United Solo Festival.

Everyone entering Episcopal Actors Guild must be FULLY vaccinated, provide in-person proof of vaccination, and, per CDC guidelines for areas of high transmission, wear a mask while in the space.

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Reviews for Almost 13

“Joan Kane is a powerhouse. Having lived the experience, she now relives it on stage. Her portrayal of each character is so real that you forget she is only one person.” Matt D’Silva in, October 1, 2019

“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.”
Malini Singh McDonald in Malinism, September 30, 2019

“Joan clearly survived whatever dangers lay in wait for her in the 60s. 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. Hats off to Joan Kane for telling this story, under the direction of the enlightened Bruce A! Kraemer.  Everyone seems to be taking on new roles in this play, exploring the past together to find hope and inspiration.” by Ed Malin, in Theatre Is Easy September 26, 2019

“Joan Kane is known by theater colleagues as the go-to director who knows her business. Almost 13 proves her stellar credentials as playwright and actor.” Barbara Kahn, September 26, 2019


Quotes about Almost 13 in 2021

“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.” Francis McGarry, First Online with Fran blog October 16, 2021

These Quotes are Paraphrased in Almost 13 in 2021

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our life.” Akshay Dubey

“The most powerful thing a woman can do is tell the truth about her life.” Heidi Schrek at the 2019 Tony Awards

“There is a crack, a crack, in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen in his 1992 song Anthem

Episcopal Actors Guild Information

The Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) at 1 East 29th St, NYC 10016 was established in 1923 and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EAG’s mission is to provide emergency aid and support to professional performers of al faiths and none who are undergoing financial crisis. EAG helps qualified performing artists regardless of religion, race, national origin or ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, political ideology/affiliations, language, immigration status, or marital or parental status. The Guild is also dedicated to helping emerging artists advance their careers through scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. Throughout the year, EAG hosts events and fundraisers including concerts, variety shows, play readings, and professional workshops. Learn more at

Everyone entering Guild Hall must be FULLY vaccinated, provide in-person proof of vaccination, a photo ID, and, per CDC guidelines for areas of high transmission, wear a mask while in the space (unless they are a performer on stage during a performance or rehearsal). As a fully vaccinated venue, we are reopening at full capacity (a maximum of 65 bodies in the space). For EAG’s current COVID Safety Protocols in full, please visit our website: