Performance Schedule Announced for 2023 In Scena! Italian Theater Festival

Kairos Italy Theater
in association with
KIT Italia
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU
In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2023

 Performance Schedule Announced
May 1-16 in All Five Boroughs of NYC
and in Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit and San Diego

The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italia and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU will present the 10th anniversary season of the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, May 1-16. This year the festival will also return to Boston, while going for the very first time to Los Angeles, Detroit and San Diego. Admission to all shows and events in the festival will be FREE. All shows will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. For more information please visit
Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, lectures and exchanges between Italian and International artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and the US. 

2023 In Scena! Performances:

Opening Night
Presentation of the 2023 artists and of the entire In Scena! Full Program and Award Ceremony of the In Scena Award 2023. 
Mon May 1 at 7pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011)

Reading of the 2023 Mario Fratti Award winner and Award Ceremony. Final greetings and see you in 2024! 
Tue May 16 at 6pm @ Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
WE, PUPPETS Story of a life shattered by racism 
(NOI, PUPAZZI Storia di una vita sconvolta dal razzismo) 
Written & Performed by Marco De Simone
Presented by Associazione Campania Danza
The puppeteer Saul makes the inhabitants of his town dream with the fairy tales he invents and stages for them. The advent of the racial laws of ’38 upsets his life and the lives of thousands of people, but his puppets continue to tell his stories to the people who flee and hide with him, offering them the opportunity to distract themselves, be moved, and smile. Despite the unacceptable reality that surrounds them. 
Tue May 2 at 6pm & Fri May 5 at 10:30am @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011)
Based on a true story by Marco Simeoli’s grandfather
Written & Directed by Antonio Grosso, Performed by Marco Simeoli

Set Design by Alessandro Chiti, Costume Design by Marco Maria Della Vecchia
Assistant Director Andrea Vellotti , Photographer Francesco Nannarelli
Presented by Altra Scena and Viola Produzioni
Marco Simeoli brings to the stage, with words and music, the many stories from his grandfather, founder of the most important, still open, music store in Naples, Italy, Musica Simeoli. Memories of the Belle Époque, the Second World War, the economic boom of the Sixties and the great illusion of the Eighties come alive together with the many famous clients of Musica Simeoli, such as Totò, Roberto Murolo, Renato Carosone, Riccardo Muti, Pino Daniele and Massimo Troisi. 
Tue May 2 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Wed May 3 at 7pm @ Center for Italian Modern Art (421 Broome St 4th floor, New York, NY 10013
Sat May 6 at 6:30pm @ Marygrove Conservancy (8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221)
Written & Performed by Bruna Braidotti
Presented by Compagnia di Arti e Mestieri 
Luisa is a lonely woman in a bathroom, standing alone on a stool in front of a mirror. She retraces her life and her childhood appears in flashes of memory. The sexual violence by her own father. The ghost of the past in every man she meets. Only the memory of her mother will bring her some relief. 
Thu May 4 at 6pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Tue May 9 at 8pm @ Theaterlab (357 W 36th St. 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018)
Written by Valentina Diana, Directed by Vinicio Marchioni
Performed by Marco Vergani
Presented by Anton
Egypt: a country quite far for politics and traditions from the Western ones. An ordinary person, “invisible to the world”, who works as a radio speaker becomes friends with Abdul, an Egyptian who prepares and sells kebabs in his shop full of postcards from his country. In the background is the Tahrir Square Revolution. Slowly their friendship and the events following will show many possible versions of each story. Where is the truth?  
Thu May 4 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Tue May 9 at 6pm @ Theaterlab (357 W 36th St. 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018)
Performed by Paola Minaccioni, Music Dj Coco, Directed by Paola Rota
Presented by Stefano Francioni Produzione and Teatro Stabile d’Abruzzo
TV, cinema, radio and theater icon actress Paola Minaccioni’s characters appeared first on Italian media, offering an insight into our times. Her show is a surreal sequence of those characters that embody doubts, fears and neuroses of today’s world. Paola Minaccioni hides and reveals herself in these characters, guided by the notes of DJ Lady Coco. And yet, describing such a show is truly impossible as she is so much better in person. 
Fri May 5 at 7pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Tue May 9 at 6pm @ Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles (1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024)
Reading: THE LAND OF SWOLLEN FACES by Paolo Bignami, Mario Fratti Award 2017
Translated by Carlotta Brentan
Directed by Beatrice Basso
Based on an industrial workplace accident in Italy, The Land of Swollen Faces features one rising voice, alone and essential, that denounces it. A one voice live narration of tragic events portrayed with heart breaking lyricism to highlight a vulnerable underdog’s love for life, in the face of powerful people and their reckless arrogance. The play had its US premiere in May 2022 at The Tank NYC produced by Kairos Italy Theater, the Tank and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU. 
Mon May 8 at 7PM @ Hall of Nations (2191 Pan American W Rd, San Diego, CA 92101)
Written & Directed by Angelo Trofa
Performed by Valentina Fadda & Leonardo Tomasi
Presented by Batisfera
“Theater on a table”, for just 25 audience members per show. The nation of the Gummy Bears starts a war without hope as they attack the neighboring nation of the Dinosaurs. The winner will easily be the Dinosaurs, and the army of the Gummy Bears, and its nation, will be permanently erased. Written in 2018, this show coincidently echoes some of today’s worldwide events.
Wed May 10 at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Written by Maurizio Rippa
Performed by Maurizio Rippa (voice) and Amedeo Monda (guitar)
Presented by 369gradi
A dramatic and musical score alternating a small funeral rite with a song dedicated to those who have left. A dedication that is an act of love, a present and a goodbye, an intimate and personal moment, which finds strength in music. Each song brings back a memory. Each funeral is told by those who have left by taking a journey in the life they lived. Little Funerals is a moving and sweet show capable of welcoming pain and turning it into a rebirth.
Thu May 11 at 7pm @ BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (2474 Westchester Ave, The Bronx, NY 10461
Fri May 12 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Sat May 13 at 3pm @ Snug Harbor Cultural Center (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Written, Directed and Choreographed by Tiziana Troja
Performed by Tiziana Troja, Michela Sale Musio, Angelo Trofa, Valentina Fadda, Michele Sarti with Original music and arrangement by Davide Sardo
Costume design by Filippo Grandulli Production Manager Federica Troja Production Assistants Carla Collu and Consuelo Melis
Presented by Lucidosottile
Two actresses, a comic duo, are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. To save themselves, they audition for the same show as sisters. Secrets, rivalries, hypocrisy, clichés and low blows typical of the entertainment world will lead to a surprising and unpredictable end.
Fri May 12 at 6pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
Sun May 14 at 6:30pm @ Vino Theater (274 Morgan Ave Suite 201, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY In 2013 Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, together with the Italian KIT Italia,  created In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond. The festival’s first edition was part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States and it was supported by the Embassy of Italy in DC and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU that became right after one of the organizers. The festival has since become an annual event.

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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