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ITALIANTHEATERFESTIVALNY:JUNE9-24
to be produced or presented.The
main reason I started doing Italian
theater in NewYork was to show
NewYork and therefore the world
that the incredible artists and
beautiful stories of Italian theater
could speak to foreign audiences.
IntroducingItaliantheater
toAmericanaudiences
For almost twenty years my
company Kairos ItalyTheater and
I have introduced NewYork stages
to plays unknown inAmerica by
Ennio Flaiano, Eduardo de Filippo,
Pier Paolo Pasolini, FrancaValeri
and Dino Buzzati.
Last year, I organized
In Scena!
Italian Theater Festival NY
, the
first Italian theater festival to
take place in all five NewYork
City boroughs. In ten days the
Festival presented three shows
from Italy and one NY production,
honoring the greatest Italian
playwright living in the City:
Mario Fratti, author of “Nine”.We
also had four readings of Italian
plays in translation, an Opening
Night with Italian artists based
in NewYork, and even a theater
performance in the park. Each
non-English performance played
to a full house. The response was
so overwhelming that now, as I
write this, I amabout to start an
even bigger second edition of the
Festival. If it’s crazy to do Italian
theater in NewYork, thenmy
collaborators and I are really out of
our minds!
The2014edition
This year we will be presenting
six productions and four readings,
plus an opulent Opening Night,
workshops, special events and
the first edition of the Mario
Fratti Award for new Italian
playwrights. The stellar schedule
of events includes award winning
performances in “Mutu” by Prima
Quinta and “L’Italia s’è desta”
by Compagnia Ragli; a playful
Welcometo
InScena!
Events
Left:Theworld-renownNeapolitan
playwrightEduardoDeFilippo(1900-
1984). Theopeningnightof“InScena!”
willbededicatedtohimonthe30th
anniversaryofhisdeath.
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OpenRoads
Program
TheFilmSocietyof Lincoln
Center
WalterReadeTheater
165 West 65th Street
Thursday, June 5
1:00PM
ThoseHappyYears
4:00PM
TheHuman Factor
6:30PM
ThoseHappyYears
9:15PM
A LonelyHero
Friday, June 6
1:00PM
Long Live Freedom
3:30PM
I CanQuitWhenever
IWant
6:30PM
The FifthWheel
9:30PM
TheHuman Factor
Saturday, June 7
1:00PM
Tir
3:30PM
TheMafiaOnly Kills in
Summer
6:00PM
Quiet Bliss
9:00PM
Long Live Freedom
Sunday, June 8
1:00PM
South Is Nothing
3:30PM
Small Homeland
6:30PM
Sacro GRA
9:00PM
I CanQuitWhenever
IWant
Monday, June 9
1:00PM
Quiet Bliss
4:00PM
Sacro GRA
6:30PM
TheAdministrator
9:00PM
South Is Nothing
Tuesday, June 10
1:30PM
TheAdministrator
4:00PM
The Referee
6:30PM
A LonelyHero
9:00PM
Happy to Be Different
Wednesday, June 11
1:00PM
The FifthWheel
4:00PM
Happy to Be Different
6:30PM
A Street in Palermo
9:00PM
The Referee
Thursday, June 12
1:30PM
A Street in Palermo
4:00PM
TheMafiaOnly Kills in
Summer
6:30PM
Tir
8:45PM
Small Homeland
byLauraCaparrotti
The love story between New
York and Italian theater is an
old one. Eleonora Duse; Eduardo
Migliaccio, better known as
Farfariello; and later Luchino
Visconti,Aldo Fabrizi, Nino
Manfredi, BiceValori, and Ugo
Betti: somany great names of our
theater have shone in NewYork,
On- and Off-Broadway.
Twenty years ago, when I started
producing Italian theater in New
York, never imagining I would
one day establish the Italian
Theater Company in NY, Giorgio
Strehler was the big Italian theater
director, and independent Italian
companies were invading the Off-
Off Broadway spaces.
Although the demand for Italian
theater has never disappeared,
bothmain stages andmany Off-
Off ones continue to view foreign
productions as too challenging
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