Exile is my Home is now playing at The Theater for The New City, 155 1st Avenue (between East 9th & 10th Streets), New York
Domnica Radulescu is the Edwin A. Morris Professor of French and Italian literature at Washington and Lee University. She is the author of two best-selling novels: Black Sea Twilight and Train to Trieste and her third, Country of Red Azaleas, is out from Hachette Publishing on April 5th.
Noemi de la Puente talks about her role as Mina, in "Exile is my Home"
Director Andreas Robertz introduces the play, Exile Is My Home
Director Andreas Robertz poses with the cast for Exile Is My Home and the play's author Domnica Radulescu
Actor Mario Goldman speaks about the play, Exile Is My Home
Stage design for Exile is my Home, by designer Jon Collins
Exile is My Home, Domnica Radulescu’s provocative new play premiering April 28th 2016 in New York City, 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 is 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. Our very own Andreas Robertz will direct.
The show will enjoy a four week run (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.
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."
As millions of people in our world today are being displaced from their homes and swept across tumultuous seas and often unwelcoming lands in their desperate need and desire for the safety and basic comforts of a home, immigrant theater has a crucial role in raising consciousness about these wrenching realities of our world. Domnica Radulescu’s play Exile Is My Home deals precisely with such realities from the perspective of female displaced travelers crossing a confusing and terrifying universe in a desperate search for safety, peace, a place they can call home. The play’s poetic and tragic comic actions and language, the courage, intelligence and sass of the two protagonists and the multicolored array of good and evil characters they encounter along the way create an artistic landscape that is as moving as it is entertaining, as politically engaged it is shocking, as troubling as it is comforting in its utopian ending.
Nikaury Rodriguez talks about her role as Lina, in "Exile is my Home"
OneHeart Productions are excited to be collaborating with Domnica on her first fully staged production! She is a uniquely talented author, professor of literature, and creative artist who has thoughtfully captured the intricacies of interlocking social and political factors impacting people’s sense of identity and grounding today, through an unforgettable story with a decidedly feminist edge.
We at OneHeart will appreciate your financial support to help cover the costs of this production. To find out more, please visit our website at www.oneheartproductions.org to make a tax-deductible contribution. You may also do so by going directly to our Donate Page by clicking on this NY Charities link (make sure to designate your donation is for Exile is My Home in the box at the bottom). Or if you’d prefer, you can mail us a check directly made out to OneHeart Productions, Inc. to our address (OneHeart Productions, 88-11 Elmhurst Avenue C5, Elmhurst NY 11373). Contact us via the form below for more information on how to make donations towards the production or more information about the play.
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 !