THRU AN IMMIGRANT I, a reading by Saviana Stanescu


Monday 25 May 2009 | 7.00 pm - 9.00pm | The Ratiu Foundation/Romanian Cultural Centre Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ;

Admission is free but booking is essential at

Presentation hosted and moderated by Dr Mike Phillips OBE, British novelist, historian and curator.


US-based Romanian playwright and poet Saviana Stanescu will read fragments from her successful New York plays that reflect the life of new il/legal immigrants in New York with humour, compassion and wit: Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Play), Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (rave reviews in New York Times; play just published by Samuel French), Lenin’s Shoe, Suspendida, etc. Saviana will also read Google Me!, from her volume of poetry of the same title.

Saviana took a European break from New York in order to present in London her autobiographical performative lecture ‘(r)Evolution or NY THRU AN IMMIGRANT I’, at the legendary Camden’s Roundhouse, as a guest artist of Central School of Speech & Drama in London. The lecture will take place on Saturday 23 May 2009, at the Roundhouse (Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH; Tel. 0844 482 8008. See details of the event here).

Saviana Stanescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, on a cold February morning during Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and was ‘reborn’ in New York in the hot days of 2001. Her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US, in stage productions, readings, and workshops, gathering rave reviews and awards. Saviana won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-drama for ‘Bucharest Underground’ – this play was presented in January this year in a reading lecture at the Edric Hall Theatre of the London South Bank University, supported by the Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London. Besides plays included in various anthologies, Saviana has also published six books of poetry and drama including ‘Google me!’ (poetry), ‘Black Milk’ (four plays) and ‘The Inflatable Apocalypse’ (Best Romanian Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). Saviana also co-edited the anthologies of plays “Global Foreigners” (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and ‘roMANIA after 2000’ (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould). Saviana is currently a NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for East Coast Artists. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she now teaches in the Drama Department. You can read more about her at

Culture Power

Culture Power is a programme initiated by the Ratiu Foundation, consisting of a number of presentations and constructive dialogue with an invited audience. Organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London;