The play "Naturalized Woman: A Quilting, Surrealist Project about Immigrant Women" by Domnica Radulescu, the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Romance Languages and head of the medieval and renaissance studies program at Washington and Lee University, will premiere at the Thespis Theater Festival in New York City.
The 65-minute play is one of 20 new works selected for the festival and will be performed on Oct. 10, 11 and 12 at the Cabrini Repertory Theater in Manhattan. The play will also be staged during W&L's National Symposium of Theater in Academe, of which Radulescu is the founding director, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater.
The play is directed by Kimberly Jew, associate professor of theater at W&L, and will be performed by a cast of seven W&L students.
"Naturalized Woman" tells the story of the process that Nina, a Romanian immigrant to America, goes through to obtain naturalization. One of the conditions she has to meet is being willing to fight in a war on American territory. But this poses a moral dilemma since Nina is a pacifist.
To help her out, women from all parts of history and the world tell her their stories. Among the diverse characters, both real and imagined, are Medea, Nadia Comaneci, Mrs. Aristotle, Aretha Franklin, a vampire woman from Romania, Nina's aunt Matilda and a Cambodian refugee.
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