Free Event: CIVIC ENSEMBLE presents a staged reading of: LENIN’s SHOE by Saviana Stanescu directed by Norm Johnson

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CIVIC ENSEMBLE presents a staged reading of: LENIN’s SHOE by Saviana Stanescu  directed by Norm Johnson
A peaceful restaurant called Uncle Vanya’s.
A KGB Guy turned Restaurant Owner.  
A War Correspondent turned Nanny.
Rebellious teenagers. Anger. Passion. Hip Hop.
The making of a bomb.
Eastern European immigrants in NYC after the fall of Communism
Struggling to redefine the word “home.”
Center for the Arts at Ithaca: Hangar Theatre
November 15, 2013
Talkback with the playwright to follow.
Free-Of-Charge to the Public
Free tickets can be reserved at events/1790
Jennifer Herzog*         (IC Theatre Arts Alum ’00 & Faculty)
Michael Samuel Kaplan*       (IC Theatre Arts Faculty)
Adam James King       (IC Theatre Arts Student)
Taylor Misiak      (IC Theatre Arts Student)
Josh Rivera      (IC Theatre Arts Student)
Dean Robinson*     (Local professional Actor)
Johnny Shea      (IC Theatre Arts Student)
(*actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)
 More info about Civic Ensemble can be found at
Brief Bio:  Saviana Stanescu ( is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright. Recent productions include: Ants at NJ Rep, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project, NYC; Sacramento, California; Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Mexico City; published by Samuel French), Waxing West (La MaMa Theatre, NYC, 2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script), For a Barbarian Woman(Fordham/Ensemble Studio Theatre), Polanski Polanski (HERE, PS122, Chain Theatre). Her plays have been developed at: Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Long Wharf Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Group, PS122, HERE, et al. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing, both from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD in Theatre Studies from National University for Theatre & Film in Bucharest, Romania. Saviana has taught at NYU, Strasberg Institute for Theatre & Film, ESPA, Primary Stages, Instituto Cultural Helénico in Mexico City, etc. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Playwriting & Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Saviana founded Immigrants Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY) and curates “playgroundezero” and NEW YORK WITH AN ACCENT.