Lenin's Shoe

Art by Carrie Chalmers

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Civic Ensemble Presents
LENIN’S SHOE by Saviana Stanescu
(a Staged Reading)
Directed by Norm Johnson

An intimate look into the world of East European immigrants living in New York City after the fall of Communism, and their struggle to redefine the word “home.”

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.”

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.


Center for the Arts at Ithaca:
Hangar Theatre

801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY ‎
November 15, 2013
Free and open to the public.

This reading will coincide with the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

Jennifer Herzog*
Michael Samuel Kaplan*
Adam James King
Taylor Misiak
Josh Rivera
Dean Robinson*
Johnny Shea
(*actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)


Photos by Durst Breneiser Photography: