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Memoirs by Carlo Goldoni

US Premiere – February 9, 2017 – 6:30PM Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU part of Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima   March 3, 4 @ 7:30PM and 5th @ 2PM Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside  Buy tickets HERE   With: Tali Custer, Aileen Lanni, Paul Herbig*, Michael Ryan*, Gina Marie Russell Directed by Laura Caparrotti in collaboration with Jay Stern *Denotes Equity Actors The “Memoirs” by Venetian revolutionary playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) see the light in French in Paris, published by Duchesne, in three volumes corresponding to the three parts of the work: the author, at that date, is 80 years old. Goldoni starts in 1783 to write his memories, which intends to serve “the story of his life and that of his own theater”. He finishes in 1786. Then in mid-August 1787 the publisher Duchesne, in Paris, prints the first edition of one of the tastiest autobiographies of our literature, in perfect balance between the romance of life education, the summary of poetic and of a nation’s customs statement (in this case, the French one where Goldoni lived for the last thirty years of his existence). Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni (Venice 25 February 1707 – Paris 6 February 1793) is one of the most revolutionary Italian playwright. His works include some of Italy’s most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves, often dramatizing the lives, values, and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. Though he wrote in French and Italian, his plays make rich use of the Venetian language, regional vernacular, and colloquialisms. Goldoni... read more

The Worth of Women-Il Merito delle donne

  US Premiere February 11, 2017 – 3pm Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU part of Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima   NOW PLAYING! Gallery at Access Theater (380 Broadway) March 30-April 9 Buy Tickets Here DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM OF THE SHOW AT ACCESS: WOW programma Access Internal pages WOW programma Access Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian theater company, in residence at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ presents seven women dialoging about gender equality and the responsibility of husbands, fathers, sons and lovers. Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberated from prevailing codes of decorum as a courtesan might be, Pozzo was a respectable, married mother who produced literature in genres that were commonly considered “masculine”—the chivalric romance and the literary dialogue. Published in 1600, The worth of women takes the form of the latter, with Fonte creating a conversation among seven Venetian noblewomen. The dialogue explores nearly every aspect of women’s experience in both theoretical and practical terms. These women, who differ in age and experience, take as their broad theme men’s curious hostility toward women and possible cures for it. Through this witty and ambitious work, Fonte seeks to elevate women’s status to that of men, arguing that women have the same innate abilities as men and, when similarly educated, prove their equals. Through this dialogue, Fonte provides a picture of the private and public lives of Renaissance women, ruminating on their roles in the home, in society, and in the arts. A fine example of Renaissance vernacular literature, this book is... read more

Viva la Befana with Happy Fanny!

Viva, Viva La Befana With Happy Fanny  one of the Befana’s best assistants!  Conceived and interpreted by  Laura Caparrotti La Befana is an Italian Christmas tradition that has its origins in the 13th century. Befana is a benevolent old woman who delivers gifts to children on January 5th, the eve of the Epiphany. In this program, you will meet Happy Fanny, a sweet Befana assistant who has only one problem: she forgets things. Befana loves her and gives her various chores that usually Happy Fanny forgets finding herself in trouble. The children will save her, every time, and they will help her to go back home to Befana. During Happy Fanny visit, the participant will draw, sing, dance and learn about Italy, its language and traditions. Each visit is to be tailored to the need of the school, center, community where the show takes place. The fee includes material for the workshop. The program will last one hour. The program could extend to a maximum of two hours, if requested. Program suitable for 5+ kids and their families. All performance are accompanied by an extensive material to be accessed through KIT brand new website. The website will feature a big section called education where classroom, teachers and Italian culture lovers will find podcasts, essays, videos on the theme of the performance and beyond. The material will be available starting from February... read more

Stories of many Stories

Traveling production NEXT DATE: DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 – 6PM CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI-MARIMO’ AT NYU (24 W 12 STREET, NY) KIT brings a performance based on Gianni Rodari’s stories. Stories of Many Stories 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! US premiere on OCTOBER 26, 2016 6PM – KENNEDY CENTER – MILLENNIUM STAGE, WASHINGTON DC part of the Kids Euro... 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

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

Testardi (Calabresi a NY) Italian Tour

in italiano e Inglese con sottotitoli in italiano anno 2012. durata:1:07 Producers: Lucia Grillo, Laura Caparrotti Director/Camera/Editor: Lucia Grillo Un documentario che esplora il significato di essere calabrese in America per coloro che lì sono nati e per quelli che vi ci sono trasferiti. La regista Lucia Grillo ha intervistato varie personalità di origine calabrese che occupano posti importanti in vari settori della società Americana. Fra gli intervistati la giornalista Alicia Vitarelli, il direttore del Bronx Zoo John Calvelli, l’attore Max Casella, il direttore della Festa di Roma Antonio Monda, il manager Enzo Capua, il professore Peter Carravetta, lo scrittore Frank Avella e il coreografo Nicola Iervasi. Il documentario e’ stato proiettato per la prima volta a New York durante il Calabria Day 2012. LUCIA GRILLO nasce a New York da genitori calabresi. Contemporaneamente alla laurea conseguita presso la prestigiosa New York University e la laurea secondaria in Letteratura italiana presso la Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò della NYU segue per sette anni i corsi di recitazione del Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute a New York, iniziando nel loro Young People’s Program all’età di 15 anni. Come attrice, regista e produttrice ha lavorato in teatro, televisione e cinema collaborando, tra gli altri, con il regista Spike Lee (“Summer of Sam/Panico a New York” e protagonista nello spot televisivo per la Finlandia Vodka diretto da Lee), Tony Gilroy (“Duplicity”), e con attori del calibro della vincitrice Oscar Mira Sorvino, John Leguizamo, Gary Dourdan, Vincent Schiavelli ed altri. Ha fondato Calabrisella Films, per realizzare il suo primo corto, “A pena do pana (The Cost of Bread)”, che dopo la Prima Mondiale all’AFI FEST di... read more

ABC L’Italiano Si Impara Cosi’

Traveling Production ABC… L’ITALIANO SI IMPARA COSI’ (HOW TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ONE HOUR) By & With Laura Caparrotti A very unique method used by Miss Margherita, a despotic Teacher-Diva, to teach Italian to any Italian student. Starting from what is more well-known in the US about Italy – Love, Food, Literature, Art, Tourism and Music – Miss Margherita will explain and teach the Italian language, culture, art and tradition to the audience. Miss Margherita will bring the audience through Italy, exploring the stereotypical figures for which Italy is more known around the world: A=Amore (LOVE) – B= Buono (good like Italian FOOD) – C=Citta’ (CITIES – including Italian dialects). Through scenes from Italian theater, through music (from the old Italian songs to the most contemporary hits) and a lot of images; together with the some of the most representative Italian authors from Dante to today’s writers and the most contemporary poet/actors, ABC… will play with the history, the pronunciation, the variety of the Italian language AND with the audience. The show will educate the audience on the history of Italy focusing on the cities chosen to be Italy’s best testimonial of differences and similarities among the Nation. The cities are Bolzano, Milano, Firenze, Roma, Napoli, and Palermo.   Full Program (for Schools): KIT will provide the teachers with the script of the performance one month in advance. The KIT staff will be anyway available to work directly with teachers, providing any support requested. The Performer will come to the class in order to explain in advance what they are going to see and to analyze part of the... read more

Tosca e le Altre Due

by Franca Valeri Translated by Natasha Lardera With Laura Caparrotti and Marta Mondelli VO by Rocco Sisto Set Lucretia Moroni Light Design Haejin Han Stage Manager Carlotta Brentan Supertitles by Prescott Studio The hat of Ms. Mondelli is made by Monvieve Directed by Laura Caparrotti Play-within-an-Opera is U.S. debut for one of the most influential and important contemporary Italian women playwrights. Running time 1:15 Download Tosca and the two downstairs press release:Tosca&2downstairs PR 2014 TOSCA 2010 PRESS PAGE Tosca and the two downstairs Promo “Tosca” by Puccini is based on a drama by Sardou. In this well-known opera, Mario Cavarodossi, a painter who has concealed a dangerous political prisoner, is being protected by his lover, a celebrated singer named Tosca.  Cavarodossi is tortured to reveal the whereabouts of the prisoner to Scarpia, the chief of police, who has promised to save the painter by a mock execution if Tosca will give herself to him.  She ultimately agrees, but stabs Scarpia at the last moment.  The execution is, however, a real one and in grief, Tosca leaps from a battlement to her death.  2010 was the 110th anniversary of the opera, which debuted on January 14, 1900. “Tosca e le altre due“ by Franca Valeri shares the 19th century setting and events of the opera, but refracts them through two memorable women characters who share them from the outside. The torture’s screams and scuffles are overheard from upstairs by the wife of the torturer and the female doorkeeper of Palazzo Farnese in Rome, where the interrogation is taking place.  The play is a wry and humorous character study of these... read more