by  Saviana Stanescu

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

A quirky dramedy exploring the biochemistry of job loss, motherhood and desire - 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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Two immigrant Romanian sisters struggle to make ends meet as they attempt to capture a piece of the American Dream. Kara is the provider. She has been working in a factory sending money home for her younger sister Mia, making it possible for her to come to America to finish up her PhD in biochemistry. Everything is working according to their plan. They have a nice house. Mia is making remarkable progress with her research on ants under the guidance of her professor, Adam Kohn. Kara spends her free time reading Tarot cards. And then the unthinkable happens...
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"Always quirky, at times whimsical, funny in a dark kind of way, with a soft spot for the marginalized and the underdog, Saviana Stanescu's plays are everything you want a good play to be. They're personal but expansive, full of hope and despair, rooted in more than one culture, and they transcend race, class, and boundaries." -

"[A] highly enjoyable play" - New Jersey Stage
"'Ants,' with the defiance of natural laws and expected behavior in the insect and human worlds." -


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A small American town and a University in the same area.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


1m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Saviana Stanescu

Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright. Her work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. 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), Bechn ...

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World Premier at New Jersey Rep in March of 2013

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