Renaissance Society: A reading by Saviana Stanescu, June 6

The Renaissance Society presents a reading by

Saviana Stanescu

Sunday, June 6, 2:00 pm

Playwright, poet, screenwriter, teacher, journalist, curator, Stanescu does it all. Her work is often characterized by a black humor and a sense of the absurd that is distinctly Eastern European. She wrote the screenplay for Dog Luv which is featured in the exhibition. She has won numerous awards and her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent New York productions include: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, and YokastaS Redux (co-authored with Richard Schechner). She teaches at New York University.

This event will take place in Swift Hall room 106. 1025 East 58th Street (on the Main Quadrangle of the University, directly east of Cobb Hall). FREE

For more information, contact:

Mia Ruyter

Director of Marketing

The Renaissance Society

773 702 8670

The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago

5811 South Ellis Avenue, room 418

Chicago IL 60637


Staged Reading of “A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians,” FXK Theater (UChicago), May 4

Staged Reading

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
8:00pm – 9:00pm
University of Chicago
FXK Theater, Reynolds Club, 3rd Floor, 5706 S. University Ave.

A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians (2006)
Written by Dorota Maslowska
Performed by the Trap Door Theater

“A Polish soap-opera actor, slumming it, takes too many drugs at a party and runs off, in a costume of destitution and blackened teeth, with a pregnant young mother.”

Renaissance Society Exhibition: “The Seductiveness of the Interval,” featuring work of Romanian artists, May 2 – June 27

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 2, 4:00 – 7:00pm
Artist Talk 5:00 – 6:00pm (in room 307, directly below the gallery)

The Renaissance Society presents The Seductiveness of the Interval, a project presented at the Romanian Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale. The work of three Romanian artists–Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu and Ciprian Muresan–is exhibited in a two-story architectural structure designed specifically for that purpose by studio BASAR. Together, the artists explore themes of exile, the human capacity for cruelty, and hope. Although the artists’ works are distinct in terms of form and content, they are united by a structure conceived as a stage set where the viewer is invited to reflect on the individual works and the viewing experience itself.

Location:    The Renaissance Society, 5811 South Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Presenters:    Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu and Ciprian Muresan
exhibition design by studio BASAR
Open to the Public:    Yes
Cost:    Free
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Contact Phone:    773.702.8670

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Doc Films: 12:08 East of Bucharest, November 7

12:08 East of Bucharest

Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006 • It’s December 22nd. 16 years have passed since the Romanian Revolution. In this absurdist comedy (set by director Corneliu Porumoiu in his own provincial hometown of Vaslui), an old retiree is getting ready to spend another Christmas by himself, while a nearby history teacher struggles with debts. The owner of the local TV station decides to put them both on the air and finally address the question: “Was there a revolution in our town or not?”

This screening is part of “With Immediate Effect”: The Events of 1989 Revisited event series. All events are free and open to the public.
The series is cosponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, Doc Films, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Time: 4:30pm, Saturday, November 7. Run-time: 89 minutes

Location: Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St

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