Sold out at Vassar College

We are very proud to report that the performance of the Mandragola at Vassar College on November 3rd was not only sold out, we had to add seats and to have audience around the stage. We are happy of the applauses and congratulations we received and we hope to be back at Vassar College soon. Check the news in Vassar Creative Arts Across Discipline page. Check the coverage in the Miscellany... read more

LA MANDRAGOLA – THE MANDRAKE ROOT

by Niccolo’ Machiavelli Directed by Laura Caparrotti Featuring: Francesco Andolfi, Laura Lamberti, Carlotta Brentan, Lenny Ciotti, Jacopo Rampini, Irene Turri.  Inaugural Event: December 5, 2013 CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI-MARIMO’ AT NYU Presented also at: Bernie Wohl Center, NY, NY (In repertoire with Decameron) Vassar College, NY     The Mandrake Root is a satirical play by the author of The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli. Although the five-act comedy was published in 1524 and first performed in the carnival season of 1526, Machiavelli likely wrote The Mandrake Root in 1518 to be performed at the wedding of Duke Lorenzo de’ Medici and Maddalena de la Tour d’Auvregne. KIT is reviving this seldom-produced play with its youth division, the YoungKIT. The production will feature only 6 actors, a handful of props and a few costumes, and Macchiavelli’s masterpiece translated into English, while retaining some elements of the original Italian version. With The Mandrake Root, KIT inaugurates a series of shows focused on highlighting the great tradition of Italian theater.  How a 1518 play speaks of today by Natasha Lardera – I-Italy December 3, 2013 Check the rest of the press about The Mandrake Root HERE VIDEO: Mandragola at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo‘ Check the Album Mandragola at Vassar... read more

Remembering the Baronessa Zerilli-Marimo’

In remembering the Baroness Zerilli-Marimo’ one year after, we want to share with you Stefano Albertini’s memory. Le tre vite della Baronessa Zerilli Il mio ricordo a un anno dalla scomparsa by Stefano Albertini Questo è il testo del discorso che ho pronunciato l’anno scorso durante il memoriale per la Baronessa Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò (Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, NYU, 13 novembre 2015). La traduzione in italiano segue il testo inglese. Maria Chiara, Riccardo, Tao Massimo e Yang Board Members of New York University and of Casa Italiana, Friends and fans of our founder, welcome back home! Bentornati a Casa! I have climbed these two steps to reach this podium almost every day of my life for the past twenty-one years, but today my legs feel heavy and my voice struggles to come out and, I know, will struggle even more as I try to share with you how the Baroness shaped not only the appearance of this building but also its substance and its soul. With Maria Chiara, during the days preceding the Baroness’s funeral, we were talking about how she lived at least three lives: a first one as a young girl growing up in Fascist Italy and in war-ridden Milan; a second as the wife and partner of one of the most prominent protagonists of the industrial reconstruction of Italy after WW2 and of the economic miracle that witnessed Italy’s transition from one of the most impoverished European countries to one of the most industrialized nations in the world; and a third as the young widow who, after a period of deep sorrow and lack of motivation, found the... read more

KIT on Corriere della Sera

Thanks to  Umberto Mucci who interviewed Laura Caparrotti for the publication We the Italians, now a book, this week KIT is in the Corriere della Sera: Italiani alla Ribalta negli USA: Read the... read more

Remembering Dario Fo

KIT’s Artistic Director, Laura Caparrotti, remembers her days with Dario Fo on La Voce di New York: Dario Fo è morto, ma ne siamo proprio sicuri? Quel genietto buffo e impertinente, pieno di idee, fantasia, risate non può morire. Un uomo che era il teatro, come pochi lo sono stati e lo saranno. Io Dario Fo l’ho vissuto a lungo, per coincidenze che fanno della mia una esistenza molto fortunata. Ero a Roma, all’Università e Ferruccio Marotti, professore di teatro, illuminato come pochi, ci faceva studiare il teatro orientale, Grotowsky, Peter Brook, Eduardo De Filippo e Dario Fo. Io conoscevo Fo di fama, a casa mia era molto seguito. I miei mi raccontavano di quando andavano a vederlo in un teatrino romano, forse un teatro tenda, dove lui, allora controllato dalla polizia, dava il benvenuto ai poliziotti in borghese che speravano di confondersi fra la folla. I miei dicevano di avermi portata una volta, da piccola. Io vagamente qualcosa ricordavo, ma forse erano solo i racconti di mamma e papà che si erano conficcati nella mia memoria. Read the entire article (in... read more

KIT at Eataly for the Week of Italian Language

October 23, 2016 Eataly Flatiron 11-2pm – Eataly Downtown 5-8pm Flash-Mob dedicated to food in literature and theater, curated by KIT, with: Francesco Andolfi Francesco Campari Laura Caparrotti Jacopo Cattelan Maria deCotis Laura Lamberti Ilaria Malvezzi Mario Merone Lorenzo Possanza Jacopo Rampini Adriana Rossetto Irene Turri     In occasione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo (17-23 ottobre), il Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York, l’Istituto di Cultura e lo IACE hanno collaborato alla realizzazione di un evento di promozione della lingua italiana che avra` luogo domenica 23 ottobre presso le due sedi di Eataly. L’iniziativa ha come principale obiettivo quello di incentivare il pubblico americano allo studio della lingua italiana e, più in generale, promuovere l’immagine e la cultura del nostro Paese a New York. In tale occasione, la compagnia teatrale italiana di New York, Kairos Italy Theater’, interpretera’ di brani in lingua italiana legati alla tradizione culinaria e ai prodotti dell’Italia, utilizzando la tecnica del flash mob. Le performances verranno messe in scena in tutti i principali settori di Eataly  e si concentreranno nelle fasce orarie 11 -14 a Eataly Flatiron e 17-20 a Eataly Downtown . Parallelamente ai flash mob, insegnananti di lingua italiana terranno delle piccole lezioni nelle aree didattiche di Eataly a coloro che sono interessati ad un primo approccio con la lingua. On the occasion of the annual Italian language week in the world (October 17th – 23rd), the Consulate General of Italy in New York, the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) and Eataly present “New York parla Italiano”, a special event to promote the study of the Italian language among the... read more

KIT goes to Washington DC

KIT has been invited to perform at the KIDS EURO FESTIVAL 2016. We are happy to bring a performance based on Gianni Rodari’s stories. Stories of Many Stories OCTOBER 26, 2016 6PM KENNEDY CENTER – MILLENNIUM STAGE WASHINGTON DC Age: 5+ Duration: 45 mins. Laura Caparrotti, Aileen Lanni, Maria De Cotis Colombina, Balanzone and Arlecchino will bring your children through The Town of Fears, The Words Market, and play The Little Box Game. In between scenes, each character will tell one of the short stories written by Gianni Rodari. Rodari was the recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson Medal and is considered by many to be Italy’s most important twentieth-century children’s author. The show will end with a parade where everyone will get to sing and dance! HERE MORE INFO Can’t come to Washington? See the show at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ on December 1st at 6pm. Free... read more