Off the Page
Ego Actus presents Off the Page
a new play reading series
at Torn Page, 435 W 22nd St, NYC 10011.
Readings will be on Mondays in the middle of a month.
Tickets are free, but seating is limited,
please call (646) 246-4131 for reservations.
Plays currently scheduled are:

Communal Table by Jenny Lyn Bader, February 11th, 7:30 pm
Minna enjoys eavesdropping, but this time is different. This guy is getting so many things wrong, she may just need to interrupt. Gary loves meeting new people, but it looks like his latest flirtation is getting sabotaged. Allie has come here for some peace, but she is unlikely to find any. It is challenging to meet new people when they’re next to other people. Communal Table is comedy about shared space, public conversation and whether we can all just get along.

Jenny Lyn Bader (playwright) wrote None of the Above at New Georges, In Flight for Turn to Flesh Productions, and Manhattan Casanova at Hudson Stage, Edith Oliver Award winner from O’Neill Center. One-acts include Miss America in the NY Int’l Fringe, “Best of Fringe” selection and Worldness at Humana Festival. For This Is Not a Theatre Company, Jenny Lyn co-authored Café Play at Cornelia St. Café and wrote The International Local for Subway Plays app/2018 NY Int’l Fringe. Her work has been published by Vintage, Applause, Dramatists Play Service, Smith & Kraus, and the Lincoln Center Theater Review. She co-founded Theatre 167 where she co-wrote the Jackson Heights Trilogy. A Harvard graduate, she belongs to The Dramatists Guild, LPTW and is a 2019 Athena Theatre Playwriting Fellow.

Heart-Shaped Uterus by Judith Leora, March 11, 7:30 pm
Forty year old Dani has woken up. Her life is not what she thought it would be. She was born at the wrong time. And her mother is lost in the world of dementia and can’t talk to her. And her co-workers thinks she’s a punk who can’t stand up for herself. As she navigates an absurd world of gibberish, cultish dating gurus, dementia and daunting fertility statistics, she learns that sometimes a skewed perspective gives the clearest view of all.

Judith Leora (playwright) began her career writing sketch, animation, television pilots and screenplays. Judith is a Founding Member and Managing Director of New York Madness, now in it’s ninth season. Among the many productions of her plays Ego Actus has presented are Weird About the Baby in the NYC Icon Plays and Gideon in the Planet Connections Festival where it was nominated for nine awards, including Outstanding Script.

Bar N(one) by Glenn Alterman, April 15, 7:30 pm
Bar N(one) is a play made up of a series of bar-related monologues that take place in “every bar, every kind of bar, everywhere.” Some of the monologues take place in the present (in a bar) and some are stories of what happened after meeting someone (or not) in a bar. The pieces go from naturalistic to surreal to poetic. Why do people go to bars and... what happens after they leave? And why do some people go back to bars again and again and again?

Glenn Alterman (playwright) is best known for his many published original monologues and 10-minute plays. With over 1000 published monologues he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and at as “The Author of The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors.” He has had nearly 500 productions of his plays. Glenn has won over 60 playwriting competitions. His work has been performed and won honors at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), Circle in the Square Downtown, HERE, LaMaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Showtime's Act One Playwrights Contest, The Samuel French One-Act Playwrights Competition and at many other theaters.

Rest, in Pieces by Steve Bluestein, May 13, 7:30 pm
Rest, in Pieces is a serio-comedy in three acts. It investigates how death affects a three-person family when one of its members is removed. It's an emotional chess game, which exposes how these three people react when death is brought into their daily experience.

Steve Bluestein (playwright) has had his chops honed from many years as a stand up comic in countless comedy clubs across the nation. His play When One is Gone won the Chameleon Theater Circle playwright’s award and was a finalist at the Palm Springs Playwright’s Festival. This play, Rest, in Pieces, has had a reading in NYC with Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich.

Later in the year, we expect to present American Divide by Maximillian Singh Gill, Faire by Annette Storckman, Running on Glass by Cindy Cooper and 1x4=6 by Bruce A! Kraemer