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 features 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 has inaugurated a series of shows focused on highlighting the great tradition of Italian theater.