Crossing Barriers, Bridging Cultures
In Scena! Italian Theater Festival
by Natasha Lardera
Seven years ago, it began: with three shows, three staged readings, five boroughs, loads of talent, and even a pinch of insanity, In Scena!, a festival of contemporary theater imported directly from Italy to NYC, was born.
Fast forward through an annually increasing bounty of fantastico theater to the Seventh Edition. This year’s festival (April 29–May 13) boasts twelve full productions, two theatrical readings of Italian plays in translation, a prestigious award that will be presented to an up and coming playwright, and the return of an inspiring poetry workshop. The offerings will take place in fifteen venues, scattered all around New York’s five boroughs, and admittance is free of charge.