Ben Gazzara Discusses "My Life As an Actor"

Ben Gazzara Discusses "My Life As an Actor"

January 25, 2005 Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU Ben Gazzara, the actor who originated the role of Brick in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, will discuss his life and work at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, located at 24 W. 12th Street, on Tuesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; for further information call 212.998.3862. In a conversation with Antonio Monda, associate professor film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and actor/director Laura Caparrotti, Gazzara will discuss his new book In the Moment: My Life as an Actor (Carroll & Graf). The son of Sicilian immigrants, Gazzara, after his debut as Brick, spent the next 20 years working with such actors as Laurence Olivier, Shelley Winters, Orson Welles, Anna Magnani, Frank Sinatra, and Anthony Hopkins, among others. He is most celebrated for his work with director John Cassavetes. Gazzara’s most recent films — Happiness, Buffalo 66, The Spanish Prisoner, and Dogville — continue to shape the independent film tradition for new generations. link :... Read more
KITCAFFE’ in Montclair

KITCAFFE’ in Montclair

Kairos Italy Theater (NY) in collaboration with Trumpets Jazz Club And the sponsorship of The center for Italian and Italian american culture KITCAFFE’ In Montclair Italian Literary Salon Professional readings in English followed by the Italian version from masterpieces by Italian writers from the past to the present. Q&A after the reading and refreshments are served. February 8th, MONDAY, 7-9pm: FUN and LOVE March 7th, SUNDAY, 4-6pm: Women Writers April 12th, MONDAY, 7-9pm: Primo Levi Short Stories – See video June 7th, Monday, 7-9pm: Fred Gardaphe’ – See video The refreshments are kindly donated by Trumpets Jazz Club. NJ coordinators:  Kristine Massari & Ruth Kunstadter, licensed NJ teachers of Italian. Hosts: Laura Caparrotti, KIT For More Information KIT-Kairos Italy Theater: www.kitheater.com Trumpets Jazz Club: www.trumpetsjazz.com Teachers will receive a certificate for two professional development... Read more
Cabaret s’il vous plait!

Cabaret s’il vous plait!

Coordinated by Laura Caparrotti A journey in the Italian cabaret from the 50’s to the present. Comic sketches and characters created for television and broadcasting shows by the most famous authors and comedians of the time. These sketches were born to be acted or singing by very important actors as Ugo Tognazzi and Raimondo Vianello, Walter Chiari, Dario Fo, Gino Bramieri, Nino Manfredi, Franca Valeri and others.  In Italy the cabaret was born in the 50’s, both at the radio, like one acts or characters, and in theater with the Rivista Da Camera, show made in a small stage, presenting various sketches very comic and very actual. I Gobbi (Alberto Bonucci, Franca Valeri, Vittorio Caprioli) were the first famous group that performed there. After them, Il Dito nell’Occhio with Dario Fo, Giustino Durano, Franco Parenti and Controcorrente with Walter Chiari. In the 60’s many others stages of cabaret were opened: La Borsa d’Arlecchino in Genoa, Il Derby in Milan were the most famous. From there, the cabaret arrived in television, loosing the traditional satiric strength: but the cabaret is and will be always one of the most genuine faces of the society. IN ITALIAN – For High Schools and Universities. And general Audience. Running time: 1 hour. Technical supplies: 3 Chairs – 1 Audio resource as Tape or CD Player (Optional) Cabaret s’il vous plait! was presented at the  Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU (1998-2002), The Saint John’s University (May 2000), The Italian Cultural Institute (April 2000), at The Italian Festival in Queens (Summer 1998), at The Miranda Theater (November 1997). Related Events It’s possible to organize the following related events: Screening of films by the authors and with the actors cited in the performance; Lecture on... Read more
The Papaleo Case – Il Caso Papaleo

The Papaleo Case – Il Caso Papaleo

Kairos Italy Theater Inc. presents the first English translation ever of The Papaleo Case – Il Caso Papaleo By Ennio Flaiano From the screenwriter of La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, a satirical one act play about the absurdly funny resurrection of a self-absorbed writer and the demise of his illusions. This is a KIT Double Theatre performance: The one-act play, in English, followed by its performance in Italian. Translated by Marisa Trubiano – Directed by Laura Caparrotti With: Andrea Lolli – Emanuele Secci – Marta Mondelli – Laura Caparrotti Original Music by Luca Toller Best known for his long-time collaboration with Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano was also an adept playwright who specialized in satire. His witty aphorisms and brilliant mind are legendary in Italy. An American audience might liken Flaiano to a more resigned, European Woody Allen, for example. The incurable skeptic Flaiano once said: “If I had half an hour left to live, I would at least spend it believing in the soul’s immortality.” This “little farce” is his unforgettable, quirky reflection about what might come after and what really remains… Il caso Papaleo was first performed in 1960 at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, where some of Flaiano’s plays debuted. Many famous actors, like Vittorio Gassman and Vittorio Caprioli, were involved with Flaiano’s theater. None of Flaiano’s satires has ever been translated into English. Indeed, this event marks the World premiere of The Papaleo Case in English. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Institute for Disabled Children in Lugano. Synopsis: The wealthy writer Roberto Papaleo is dreaming about his adolescent romance with the unforgettable Angela. He awakens abruptly, only to find himself buried in his family’s mortuary chapel, fully outfitted with phone and electricity, in the event... Read more
KITCAFFE’ series

KITCAFFE’ series

Professional readings in English followed by the Italian version of pages from masterpieces by Italian writers from the past to the present. All set in a cafe’ atmosphere. All the readings are presented in English followed by the Italian version. more photos KIT is very proud to present the very first KITCAFFE’ a literary series in Italian, with some English, to discover the most fascinated and beloved Italian writers from the past to the present. Centuries ago, first in Paris, and then all over Europe, Cafes’ and Salotti Letterari became meeting point for artists and intellectuals to discuss ideas as well as every day facts. While the Cafes’ were open to the public and attended mostly by men, the Salotti Letterari were private events, organized by cultural refined Ladies, often aristocrats, who loved to bring together people of different backgrounds to discuss and exchange opinions and knowledge. KIT is now recreating its own Salotto-Caffe’ Letterario, hosted by KIT’s ladies, Laura Caparrotti and Marta Mondelli, as well as other surprise guests. In a two-hour event, the guests will be introduced each time to two wonderful Italian writers from the past and the present. Professional actors will engage in dramatic readings of short stories, excerpts from novels or essays by the most fascinated and beloved Italian authors from the past to the present.  Following KIT’s tradition, the reading will be first in English followed by its Italian version. Copies of the reading material will be provided in advance to give the opportunity to follow the professional reading. After the reading, the hosts will moderate the post reading discussion, the exchange of ideas and opinions, while correcting Italian and Italian pronunciation. Being in a Salotto/Caffe’, wine, and... Read more