New Jersey Repertory Company presents Ants, a World Premiere by Saviana Stanescu

A quirky comedy exploring the biochemistry of job loss, motherhood, and immigration, as well as the personal science of turning worker ants into queens, while surviving in the world of ants and humans – with an accent.
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Jan. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- New Jersey Repertory Company Presents


By Saviana Stanescu

Directed by Jeff Zinn

At New Jersey Repertory Company

Performances Begin Feb 7, Opening Feb 9,  2013

The Premiere of a Quirky New Comedy About
The World of Ants and the Nature of Humans

LONG BRANCH – The New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to present the World Premiere of Ants by Saviana Stanescu, directed by Jeff Zinn. Ants will begin preview performances on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and will celebrate its opening night on Saturday, February 9 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), running through Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews and $50 on opening night – with reception) and can be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or by visiting

Kara and Mia are sisters who emigrated from Eastern Europe and have been in living in America for a number of years pursuing what seems an increasingly elusive American dream. Kara works in a factory twelve hours a day doing backbreaking work so that she can make the mortgage payments, put food on the table and enable her younger sister to obtain her PhD in biochemistry. Mia is not just any doctoral student, however. She is brilliant, and her field of work under the watchful gaze of her supervisor, Dr. Kohn, is the world of ants. Completely unworldly and awkward with her fellow humans, Mia is very much at home with her ants, and is on the brink of a groundbreaking discovery - the ability to radically alter nature and convert workers into queens. If she succeeds the discovery would revolutionize biology and would have far-reaching implications for other species, including man. Mia is already rehearsing her Nobel Prize acceptance speech in front of her mirror when as luck would have it, fate rudely intervenes – forcing Mia to come out of her shell and improvise a radical solution to save the lifestyle she has almost grown to love, her sister’s teetering sanity, and her beloved ants.

Directed by Jeff Zinn, the talented cast of Ants includes Michael Samuel Kaplan, Maria Silverman and Carol Todd.  The production design team includes Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director) and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).  No Ants Were Harmed in the Making of This Play.


Written by Saviana Stanescu; Directed by Jeff Zinn


New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)

Previews:  February 7 – 9, 2013

Preview week schedule: Thursday 2pm & 8pm; Friday  8pm;  Saturday 3pm

Opening with Reception: Saturday, February 9, 2013  8pm

Regular Performance Schedule through March 10:

Thursday – Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm

Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews, $50 opening night with reception)

Discounts are available to seniors (65+), students (full-time 13-25) and groups of 10+.

Tickets are available at or by calling 732-229-3166

Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights

For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit

To arrange interviews or press tickets please contact  732-229-3166

Who’s Who:

Saviana Stanescu (Playwright) ( is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright.  Her work has been widely presented internationally and in the U.S.  

Recent productions include For a Barbarian Woman (a co-production Fordham/EST directed by Niegel Smith), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), Bechnya at Hudson Theatre in LA, Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) at La MaMa Theatre, Suspendida and Vicious Dogs on Premises (with Witness Relocation) at Ontological Theatre, Polanski Polanski and Aurolac Blues at HERE Arts Center, The E-Dating Project at Strasberg Institute for Theatre & Film, and the site-specific I Want What You Have at the World Financial Center.

Ms. Stanescu has published books of poetry and drama including The New York Plays,  Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, Google Me!, Black Milk, and The Inflatable Apocalypse (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). She co-edited the anthology of plays Global Foreigners (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and roMANIA After 2000 (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould).

Saviana holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she was on faculty in the Drama Department. She has also taught at Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, ESPA - Primary Stages, Lark Transylvania Playwriting Camp, Centro Cultural Helénico, Mexico City, etc.

Currently Saviana is a professor of Playwriting & Theatre Studies at Ithaca College.  She is the Director of Eastern European Exchange for The Lark Play Development Center, the curator of Playgroundzero and New York with an Accent, and the artistic director of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY).

Jeff Zinn (Director) is best known as the longtime artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) on Cape Cod.   Under his leadership WHAT grew to become a nationally recognized professional theater presenting provocative new American plays for a diverse and appreciative regional audience.  While there he produced and/or directed more than 150 productions.  WHAT was awarded two prestigious Eliot Norton Awards including one in 2001 for “Establishing a Beachhead for Serious Theatre on Cape Cod.” Productions he directed, Beauty Queen of Leenane (starring Julie Harris), Closer by Patrick Marber, and Proof by David Auburn were named, in their respective years, as part of the top ten theater productions by the Boston Globe.  His 2010 productions of Daughter of Venus by his father, Howard Zinn, and the world premiere of Danny Casolaro Died for You, by Dominic Orlando, (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere) received critical acclaim as did his 2011 productions of A Behanding In Spokane by Martin McDonagh and Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs.  His remounting of Bakersfield Mist at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA, garnered the 2012 Eliot Norton Award for Best New Script.

NJ Rep (Producer) New Jersey Rep has been producing new works for fifteen seasons and many of the plays introduced by the theater to the public are subsequently produced by other theaters throughout the U.S. For its contributions to the American stage New Jersey Rep was recently awarded the 2012 National Theatre Company Award by the American Theatre Wing, creators of the annual Tony awards.  Support for New Jersey Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, the Baumol Family Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, The Investors Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Jewish Communal Fund, Dramatists Guild Fund, Actors Equity Foundation, ERBA Company, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Theatre Wing.
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