Exile Is My Home
Exile is my HomnExile is My Home : is Domnica Radulescu’s provocative new play which premiered on April 28th 2016 in New York City, and is the haunting story of Mina and Lina, a refugee couple from the Balkans traveling through the galaxy in search of a planet to call home. Told as a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic fairy tale — and brilliantly combining absurdist comedy, irony, and suspense — the play touches on extremely relevant issues currently affecting our world.

Exile is My Home was being produced by the iconic Theater for the New City, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and headed by co-founder and Executive Artistic Director Crystal Field, and Andreas Robertz will direct. The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award noted that the play is "moving, epic, feminist, and comedic. This new work reverberates in profound, sometimes playful ways with our diasporic world as it explores exilic lives, loves, losses, as well as their prospective transformations."

The show enjoyed a four week run of (16 performances) and feature a stellar cast — composed of seasoned New York actors Mario Golden, A.B. Lugo, Nikaury Rodriguez, Vivienne Jurado, Mizan Kirby-Nunes, Noemi de la Puente, Mirandy Rodriguez, and David Van Leesten.

Find out more at the dedicated Exile is my Home website.

UPDATE : On August 23rd The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, announced that Noemí de la Puente, Mario Golden, Vivienne Jurado, Mirandy Rodríguez, Nikaury Rodríguez and David van Leesten had been awarded the Outstanding Performance by Ensemble Cast for their performance in Exile is My Home. The HOLA Award ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Flamboyán Theater, at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, in lower Manhattan, NYC. Congratulations to our wonderful cast !

HOLA Award Ceremony November 2nd 2016

HOLA awards

With Vivienne Jurado, Domnica Radulescu, A.B. Lugo, Mirandy Rodriguez, Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz.

Read more on the HOLA awards here : HOLA PRESS RELEASE

Noemi de la Puente talks about her role as Mina, in "Exile is my Home"

Nikaury Rodriguez talks about her role as Lina, in "Exile is my Home"

Exile Is My Home
Exile is My HomeExile is my home was presented by Immigrants’ Theatre Project with support from Washington and Lee University, Virginia in October 2014, written by Domnica Radulescu and directed by Marcy Arlin. Music created by Michael Moss with Billy Stein.

Exile is my Home, is a Sci-Fi Immigrant Fairy Tale that follows two creative refugee lovers/mothers who, in a search for a home, go on a suspenseful intergalactic journey through post-apocalyptic and surreal landscapes. The worlds they encounter are filled with fellow disoriented refugees, lascivious oddball artists, evil border police, and a massage therapist witch.

The play won an honorable mention in the 2014 Jane Chambers playwriting contest. The award recognizes plays and performance texts by women that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. The competition was sponsored by the Women in Theater Program and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Radulescu's play was chosen from 114 entries and rose through three rounds of adjudication to become one of three honorable mentions. In the statement for its Honorable Mention choice, the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award noted that the play is :
moving, epic, feminist, and comedic. This highly theatrical play evokes the human, social, and political complexities of exile with depth, humor and adaptive re-invention. This eighty minute new work reverberates in profound, sometimes playful ways with our diasporic world as it explores exilic lives, loves, losses, as well as their prospective transformations.”
Of her new play, about two women traveling across galaxies, Domnica Radulescu said :
"Their journey is a symbol of the immigrant experience; a sense of loss, yearning and searching for a home. It draws from the present large political issue of refugees, immigration, displacement and loss of home through the very personal and unique stories of these two women and their extraordinary journey. It gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to be recognized for my playwriting, because I'm building my name as a playwright little by little," continued Radulescu. "I've been writing plays for some time now, and it's exciting but also very challenging."

Naturalized Woman
naturalized womanNaturalized Woman by Domnica Radulescu is a surrealist romp through a contemporary US immigration office. Nina, a Romanian immigrant, seeks to discover her American dream while calling on other women, both real and imaginary, for strength, wisdom and laughter.

The play "Naturalized Woman: A Quilting, Surrealist Project about Immigrant Women" by Domnica Radulescu, was staged for the first time at the Thespis Theater Festival in New York City in October 2012. The 65-minute play was one of 20 new works selected for the festival and was performed at the Cabrini Repertory Theater in Manhattan and during Washington and Lee University's National Symposium of Theater in Academe, of which Radulescu is the founding director, in the Stackhouse Theater.

The play is directed by Kimberly Jew, associate professor of theater at W&L, and was performed by a cast of seven Washington and Lee University 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.

According to Radulescu, her starting point for writing the play was her personal experience of the immigration process. She also wrote a chapter about naturalization in her best-selling novel "Train to Trieste". "I've taken that chapter and developed it and added more characters and more voices about the whole dilemma what it means to become a naturalized citizen from the female point of view, because there are differences in gender," said Radulescu. "The play is fantastical or surrealistic, but it's also deeply planted in the political reality of our times."
Thespis Theater Festival

Directing Work
La Maison Française
naturalized woman
French majors from Washington and Lee University performed at La Maison Française at the French Embassy for the Festival of Francophone Cultures (Festival de la Francophonie 2012) in Washington.

They performed scenes in French from Eugène Ionesco's absurdist play La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Soprano), directed by Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance languages at W&L.

This was the 12th annual Festival de la Francophonie, which included a series of cultural events in celebration of the diversity of the French-speaking world.