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‘Best American Short Plays: 2012-13’ Includes Ithaca College Professor’s Work

ITHACA, NY — “Hurt” — a drama by Saviana Stanescu, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College — is one of 20 plays featured in “The Best American Short Plays: 2012-13.”

“Hurt” is a dark and humorous work that brings awareness on issues of violence, immigration and alienation. Structured as three inter-cut monologues, the play explores the dark side of its characters’ minds and possible reasons that can trigger bad thoughts and criminal acts.

Editor William W. Demastes selected the works for this edition of “Best American Short Plays” which he felt captured the struggle between “hot tempers and cold decrees.” As he describes it, “Hurt” ends “with chilling results of the sort that is increasingly documented on television news.”

A Romanian-born playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer, Stanescu has had her works presented internationally and in the U.S. In addition to teaching at Ithaca College, she is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and is affiliated with the New York Theatre Workshop. She holds a M.A.  in performance studies and M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University as well as a Ph.D. in theatre studies from the National University of Theatre & Film in Bucharest, Romania.

For more than 70 years, “The Best American Short Plays” has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, it has identified cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and Wendy Wasserstein.