The rehearsals for this project are a continuous work in progress with just as much room for improvement. As per most classical pieces, The Mandrake Roots provides a text that doesn’t need anything else but the actor’s dedication to understand the purpose of the play. The message, the idea, the spine if you will. During this work I found myself trapped in the challenge of giving truth to the character and maintaining the aim of the playwright. Embodying the character is usually how I start, and in order to do so I indulge in the help of props, costumes and, with this project, improvisation. So far we’ve had our opening night and there is another performance ahead of us. Certainly I do not consider those a rehearsal, but nevertheless I am aware of how my cast mates and I have been finding new things here and there along the text, and as the plot was unknotting the characters were also becoming more human. It is important not to forget, like Stefano Albertini said in his introduction to our show, that Machiavelli was first and foremost interested in people; therefore these characters, though at first sight a way to tell a story full of subtext and political references, are actually people that the author might’ve met on a street in Florence. Consequentially it is a duty to humanize these characters so that an audience member doesn’t just see the impotent old geezer who doesn’t understand what is happening around him, but a man with lost hopes about having a son and willing to do just about anything to have one.... Read more
Born in Parma, Italy, Ilaria Amadasi’s introduction into professional theater took place when she co-founded the Theater Company “I 4 Cantoni” at the age of fifteen. Ilaria later was selected to attend the prestigious Teatro Stabile di Genova where she worked in various artistic positions both on and off the stage. She was chosen as the female lead of the stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Castle and in the show, “Time of darkness”by H. Mankell and directed by Filippo Dini.
She also received a honorable mention from the national playwriting competition “In Punta di Penna” for the piece “Non ho urlato”.
Thanks to her knowledge of art and theater, she directed theater therapy workshops for children, as well as seminars in Traditional Theater at the Scuola Teatro Vita in Parma, Italy.
Ilaria moved to the United States in 2010 because of her deep desires to expand her cultural horizons and to introduce elements of Italian theater and culture to those who have not experienced it. In that spirit she has collaborated on several productions, since her arrival, at the Off-Broadway 45 Bleecker Theater at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is currently collaborating with Horse Trade Theater Group, Frog & Peach Theater Company and KIT- Kairos Italy Theater and she recently became a member of the Drafts Theater Ensemble and Fixtitsolife Theater Company. She is honored of becoming official member of Kairos Italy Theater and she is looking forward to what the future... Read more
Jacopo Rampini was born in Rome, Italy, and grew up in Paris and San Francisco. He is currently residing in New York City. Jacopo’s native languages are Italian, French and English. He holds both Italian and U.S. Citizenship. He attended Sorbonne University in Paris, and graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature. He trained in theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. After graduating, Jacopo worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Sam Gold’s production of A Doll’s House starring Lily Rabe, Josh Hamilton, Lili Taylor, and Matthew Maher. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Jean Genet’s The Balcony at the Access Theatre in 2013. In New York City Jacopo has acted in a number of feature, short, and independent films that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. He has appeared in TV Shows such as Scorned and The Haunting Of, and has worked extensively with the NYU Tish Grad Film school and Columbia University’s Grad Film school. Most recently, Jacopo has played young Joseph Stalin in the TV Series World Wars on the History Channel. Jacopo has been a member of the Kairos Italy Theater Company since 2012.... Read more
Bruce Rabinowitz has served as an attorney, business consultant, sales agent, and producer to a number of international and domestic clients in the television and film industries for 20 years. Among his current responsibilities are advising RAI Corporation, the service arm of the Italian state broadcaster, Radio Televisione Italiana, on business and legal affairs, as well as representing RAI’s vast catalogue of theatrical films, television programs, formats, sports, musical programming and footage archive to international broadcasters and providers for RAI’s sales division based in Rome. Additionally, he provides business and/or legal consultation to United Nations Television; IBC, a Los Angeles based international program sales and channel development company, as its Director of Sales; Mediakite, an international television production and development company; Eurocinema, the first North American channel dedicated to international box office titles; and Terra Entertainment; among various other sales, production and distribution organizations. Mr. Rabinowitz formerly held the post of Vice President, International, at Viacom’s Showtime Networks, where he was responsible for identifying, researching, negotiating, marketing, and launching niche channels for the international marketplace. Prior to that, he served as RAI Corporation’s Director of New Business, as well as Director of Commercial Sales for DLT Entertainment. For the past 9 years, he has served as a Professor in the Television & Radio Department of Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y., teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses centered on the global entertainment business and media... Read more
Laureata in lingue e letterature presso l’Università di Roma La Sapienza, è giornalista freelance e da oltre quindici anni segue con particolare attenzione le tematiche culturali. Parallelamente all’attività giornalistica, per un decennio ha curato l’organizzazione di eventi per la sede italiana di una multinazionale americana. Recentemente ha creato con un gruppo di giovani critici una rivista web focalizzata su teatro e spettacolo ed oggi si occupa a tempo pieno di informazione e comunicazione, gestendo la redazione romana di www.teatroteatro.it, scrivendo su diverse altre riviste e collaborando attivamente alle produzioni italiane e statunitesti di KIT – Kairos Italy Theater. Donatella has a doctorate in Languages and Literatures from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. She is a freelance journalist and for more than fifteen years has been dealing mainly with cultural events. Beside journalism, for about a decade she has been working as congresses and conventions organizer for the Italian subsidiary of an American multinational company. She has recently founded a web magazine focused on theater and shows, together with a group of young critics, and is presently full time dedicated to information and communications, handling the Roman editorial office for www.teatroteatro.it, writing on some other magazines and actively cooperating in KIT – Kairos Italy Theater productions in Italy and USA. Know more about Donatella:... Read more
Born in Rome, has a degree in Performing Arts from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy. She also studied independently with Dario Fo (Nobel Prize for Literature 1997), Annie Girardot and Elsa Wolliaston, among others. In Italy she performed for over ten years in theater, with Giancarlo Cobelli, Mario Carotenuto, The Teatro Stabile di Torino, and many others. In New York Laura performed at The Kitchen with the Japanese company OM2 and in The Cosmic Legends Series. She directed and performed the following K.I.T. productions: at The Kitchen and at The Fringe Festival 1998 Black Paintings – a multi-media performance; Necklaces at the Abrons Art Center; Cabaret s’IL vous plait! (Series of comic sketches from the 50s to the present) and Una conversazione continuamente interrotta (adaptation of some excerpts by Ennio Flaiano). She was the guest curator in April 1998 at The Kitchen, for the Hybrid No 16th “No Peace Without Justice”, the co-curator of “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take” at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in February 2000, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in the States in the year 2003. She is the curator of “Excerpts of a Prince named Totò”, a series of events – including an exhibition – on Toto’ touring worldwide. In television, she worked as a journalist as well as an actress. She’s the performing arts and arts correspondent for several publications (America Oggi-Oggi7, All about Jazz, Usitalia, Touch of chic, NY magazine Italia). She has developed a method called Theater&Italian for children and adults that she teaches in NY and in NJ as well as in Rome.... Read more