The Lark presents on May 7th a staged reading of Saviana Stanescu's "For a Barbarian Woman", directed by Paul Bargetto.
The story of this play's development in Saviana Stanescu's words goes as follows: "I first wrote a few poems about Barbarian woman in response to Ovid's letter from Tomis in which he was complaining about the Barbarians surrounding him. I imagined a Barbarian Woman who'd make him fall in love with her and appreciate her to the point that he writes a poem in the Barbarian language for her."
"I am both Ovid and the Barbarian woman, an expat in 'exile' in the US and a woman from a small country, Romania, who wants to believe that she has something to teach others too, that we are not just at the whim of superpowers/empires. I am still trying to reconcile these two parts in me: the empire (of thought and reason) and the conquered little country (of feelings and emotions)..."
Another staged reading of the play was presented with RCINY support in June 2008 at GLOBAL SCENES: International play readings, in the frame of The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, in New Haven.