NOT GOD: A Staged Reading of Marc J. Sraus’

Studio Theater in Exile

NOT GOD: A Staged Reading of Marc J. Sraus’

“A man’s cough bounces down the hallway like pick up sticks.”


WRITTEN BY Marc J. Straus

DIRECTED BY Mara Mills, Artistic Director, Studio Theater in Exile

LIGHTING DESIGN Jeremy Gratt, Producer, Studio Theater in Exile


CAST Bettina Altman (patient) and Marc J. Straus

NOT GOD evokes the delicate bond between a doctor struggling with limitations and a patient

in search of clarity and dignity.

The play, in poetry, was written by poet and writer, Marc J. Straus, recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award in the Humanities from Yale, a Yaddo Residency, Annual Writing Award from NYU Bellevue, and more.

SATURDAY November 12th, at 7:00PM

SUNDAY November 13th, at 3:00PM

In Studio Theater in Exile’s Black Box Theater @ Hudson Valley MOCA


Masks and COVID vaccinations are required.
Tickets: studiotheaterinexile.com
$30 General Admission
$25 HV MOCA Members

Bettina Altman began her acting career with the Hedgerow Theatre in Moylan, Pennsylvania. She appeared in Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde (Caroline) and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves (the Little Nun). NY credits include Sweeney Todd with the Elmwood Playhouse and The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd with Penguin Rep Theatre. In Vermont, her credits include Silvia in the world premiere of Silvia and Mary at Sea. Most recently, Bettina appeared locally as Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers with the Antrim Players. Bettina dedicates her performance to the memory of family and friends she has lost to cancer, including her dear and beautiful mother.

Marc J. Straus is a poet, writer, doctor, and art collector. He has four poetry collections, three by TriQuarterly Books – Northwestern University Press, including Not God, previously staged Of Broadway. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and most leading literary journals. One-Legged Mongoose, a recently published memoir of the years he was ages 10 – 12, has been #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Two novels are forthcoming. He practiced medical oncology in the Hudson Valley over 25 years. The Strauses founded Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, NY, and Marc runs Marc Straus Gallery in New York City. Learn more about his writing at marcjstraus.com.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022 - Sunday, November 13, 2022
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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- $30 General Admission
- $25 Hudson Valley MOCA members

Presenter: Studio Theater in Exile @ Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art
Presenter Phone: 9147880100
Presenter Website: www.hvmoca.org