Stanescu's Aliens with Extraordinary Skills Closes Off-Broadway Oct. 26

News   Stanescu's Aliens with Extraordinary Skills Closes Off-Broadway Oct. 26 The Women's Project production of Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Saviana Stanescu's account of starting over in America, concludes its Off-Broadway run Oct. 26.

Tea Alagic directed the extended engagement, which began performances Sept. 22 and officially opened Sept. 30.

The cast features Marnye Young, who replaced injured original cast member Natalia Payne during the show's run, as well as Shirine Babb (Omnium Gatherum), Seth Fisher (Rock 'n' Roll), Gian-Murray Gianino (Paradise Park), Kevin Isola (Brooklyn Boy) and Jessica Pimentel (Anna in the Tropics).

Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, according to press notes, centers on "a clown from the unhappiest country in the world, Moldova, who pins her hopes on a U.S. work visa by creating balloon animals. Chased by Homeland Security, a deportation letter deflates her enthusiasm, and a pair of spike heels might be all it takes to burst her American Dream."

"So I had to start from the scratch over here, in my 30s," Stanescu said in a statement. "I had to live in small dorms with a shared bathroom placed far away on the other side of the floor at International House, I had to work hard on my English language. But it is extremely important for me to tell my dramatic stories in American-English, to reach larger audiences, to make my voice really heard by the world."

Designing the production were Kris Stone (set design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Gina Scherr (lighting design) and Sarah Pickett (sound design and original music). For further information on the Women's Project, located at 424 West 55th Street in Manhattan, visit WomensProject.org.

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