NOT GOD: A Production at the Black Box Theater at HV MOCA

NOT GOD, A Staged Reading at Studio Theater in Exile’s Black Box Theater at Hudson Valley MOCA

Saturday, November 12th at 7PM & Sunday, November 13th at 3PM


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 renowned 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.

Tickets: $30 General Admission, $25 HV MOCA Museum Members

Playwright: Marc J. Straus

Director: Mara Mills

Lighting Design: Jeremy Gratt

Cast: Bettina Altman, Marc J. Straus

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 Off 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

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.

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