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Reading of the play The Foreigner’s Smile

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Discovering Contemporary Theater By Italians of African Descent/ Reading of The Foreigner’s Smile by Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy, translated into English by Margherita Laera. Directed by Phillip Christian Smith. With Purva Bedi, Camron Chapple, Giulia Cowie, DJ Davis, Nasser Metcalfe.
A family of Indo-Mauritian immigrants is grappling with a crucial event: the Father has to go to the Municipality for the conferral of Italian citizenship. But this festive occasion quickly turns tense and risky, when he has to face a social exam that puts the whole family on the ropes.
Followed by a Q&A with the author, the translator and the cast.


Black Italia is a series of events (book discussions, theatrical performances, film screenings, lectures) sponsored by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with NYU’s Department of Italian Studies. It aims to promote conversations on the intersections of race, identity and migration in Italy. Conceived in connection with courses taught in the Department of Italian Studies, Black Italia revisits the format launched by Casa Italiana’s Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia, held virtually during the pandemic, by bringing together artists and scholars in order to address questions about race and racialization across Italian history and its multifaceted diasporic geography.

Date: February 16
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event CategoryTheater
Venue Name: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU
Address: 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY, United States
New York, NY 10011 United States

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Organizer Name: Kairos Italy Theater
Organizer Name: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’