2019/2020 Seasons

KIT-Kairos Italy Theater turns 20 in 2020 but the celebration starts now! “It’s going to be a very special season – says Laura Caparrotti, the founder and artistic director – as in 2020 KIT is turning 20 and Franca Valeri, the Italian playwright we all love so much, is turning 100. So, the entire 2020 season will be mostly dedicated to female artists and to comedy. In the meantime, we continue to offer programs in collaboration with Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ on Italian and international theater and to collaborate with our Italian partners in building a wide cultural bridge based on theater.”

The 2019/2020 KIT season includes:

The Worth of Women
Part of the Festival L’Eredita’ delle donne
Seven women dialoging about gender equality and the responsibility of husbands, fathers, sons and lovers. Written by Moderata Fonte (pen name of the venetian October
Modesta Pozzo) between 1588 and 1592 and published after her death in 1600.
October 6, 2019 – NYU Firenze, Italy – Villa La Pietra

On the Italian Stage: Italian Dialect Theater
On the Italian Stage is a series of lectures conceived and led by Laura Caparrotti that journeys into the history of Italian Theater to explore its language, and its contribution to Italian society and world theater.
8 and November 11, 2019 – Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU

Tosca and the two downstairs by Franca Valeri
A satirical, behind-the-scenes sister-story to Puccini’s Tosca as imagined by one of the wittiest and most admired Italian playwright and actresses, Franca Valeri.
October 22, 2019 – NYU DC, Abramson Family Auditorium

On Stage! Reloaded (Italy)
Dirti Parki Lingerie by and with Aizzah Fatima
La Ragazza (The Girlfriend) by Leland Frenkel
Fall Edition of the American Theater Festival in Rome.
November 5-16, 2019
Milan, Teatro Menotti – Rome, Teatro India – Naples, Sala Assoli

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY Fall Edition
Terra Matta adapted by and with Stefano Panzeri
Terra Matta is adapted from the extraordinary autobiography of a Sicilian laborer at the beginning of the century, written between 1968 and 1975 on an old Olivetti.
November 14-17, 2019
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU New York – I Am Books, Boston

2020

KIT@20
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of KIT-Kairos Italy Theater.
January 28, 2020 – Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU

Women in Comedy: celebrating Franca Valeri
February 11, 2020 Women in Comedy in Italy
March 2020 Women in Comedy in the Us (the Italian Americans)
April  6, 2020 KIT Int’l Playwrights Series: 10 minutes funny, women driven plays from around the world
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU

Stories of many stories, a show for children inspired by Gianni Rodari
The Carnival of Venice is world renowned for elaborate and colorful masks and for the ancient theatrics of the Commedia dell’Arte. In this workshop, participants will make their own character masks and watch a performance by the Kairos Italy Theater in English and Italian. Art project is designed for ages 4 and up.
February 22, 2020 – Battery Park Authority 6 River Terrace, New York, 10282 United States

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY
8th edition of the NYC Italian theater Festival. Each year, In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian Theater, from Italy, in all 5 NYC boroughs.
April 27-May 11, 2020 – Various Locations

The Mario Fratti Award at the Tank
The Land of the Swollen Faces by Paolo Bignami (MFA 2017)
Hide and Seek by Tobia Rossi (MFA 2019)
May 28-June 8 2020 – The Tank Theater

The Mario Fratti Award in Boston in collaboration with Pazzi Lazzi (Boston)
May 30, 2020 – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston

Tosca and the two downstairs by Franca Valeri
June 7, 2020, Cagliari, Sardinia
November 2020 – The Tank

OnStage! American Theater Festival
November 2020, Roma-Milano-Napoli

In development – 2020:

An international celebration of Fellini in the 100th anniversary of his birth
Homage to GIANNI RODARI in concert

2021

  • Production of one of the works by Leonardo Sciascia in the 100th anniversary of his birth
  • An international celebration of Dante in the anniversary of his death
  • In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY (May 2021)
  • In Scena! Fall (Fall 2021)
  • Political Theater (February, March, April 2021) – Three events: Political theater in Italian Theater, Political theater in Italian American Theater, Political Theater: 10 minute play call.
  • OnStage Festival 2021