KIT Int’l Playwrights Series

The KIT INT’L PLAYWRIGHTS SERIES is an annual series presenting 10 minute plays written in different languages, translated into English and presented in front of an audience that vote the best three to five plays. The finalists are semi-staged at the Opening Night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY.  Each year the series focuses on a different theme with specific requirements.The global call, made possible by partnership with several companies based in NY and in various countries around the world, brings together playwrights from different cultures, countries, tradition and societies. New York, with its more than 600 languages spoken, welcomes these works on its stage to make once again “the world a theater”. 
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The 2020 KIT International Playwright 10-minute play series WOMEN IN COMEDY

Celebrating legendary playwright and actress Franca Valeri turning 100.


WHAT: 10-minute comic play, solo show, stand up and more by female and female identifying playwrights

LANGUAGES: Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Polish, Greek and Urdu.

Deadline: February 10, 2020.


Inaugurated in 2019, Kairos Italy Theater, the Italian theater company in NY, the series is dedicated each year to a specific anniversary in the arts or in society. In 2020, It celebrates the 100th birthday of Franca Valeri, legendary Italian playwright and actress, the first one in Italy to make a name for herself by writing and doing comedy.  Therefore, in 2020, the series is dedicated to Women in Comedy: female playwrights writing comedy.

In depth:

  1. Global call Deadline February 10, 2020.
  2. Between twelve and fifteen 10-minute plays are selected by an international jury and presented as readings in New York on April 6, 2020.
  3. The non English plays admitted to the reading are translated into English by professional translators.
  4. The audience and the committee vote the best three to five 10-minute plays on April 6, 2020.
  5. The best three to five plays receive a semi-staged presentation during the Opening Night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY on April 27, 2020. Cast and directors are provided by KIT in collaboration with the series partners.
  6. The selected 10 minute plays have one more showing in November 2020 during the main celebration of Franca Valeri’s work, at the Tank theater.

To apply:                                    

  1. The play should be written by a female playwright.
  2. Languages admitted: Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Polish and Greek.
  3. Fill out the form at
  4. Send to the 10 minutes play in pdf format or in word.
  5. In the subject line of the email state you country as for example: ITALY – SUBMISSION 10 MINUTE PLAY KIT
  6. The selected playwrights MUST agree that KIT has the right to present the play in its English translation (provided by KIT and by KIT’s partners when applicable) in form of a reading and in form of a staged presentation.
  7. Send everything by the deadline: February 10 2020.

The playwrights of the 10-minute plays going further will receive communication by March 20, 2020. The readings of the twelve 10-minute plays will take place on April 6th, 2020 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in Manhattan.

The series is presented in collaboration with Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, KIT Italia (Italy), TARTE (Turkish American Repertory Theater and entertainment), Group BR (Brazil/US), Umanism (Italy/US), Eclipses Group Theater New York (Greece/US), Anna Rak (Actress/Producer, Poland), Aizzah Fatima (Pakistani-American Actress and Producer) and more to be announced.