News: In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY Opens April 29

The seventh annual New York-based In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, presented by Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia, will take place April 29-May 13 in all five NYC boroughs. The goal of the festival is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, as well as to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York. 

Participating venues will include:
The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD! – 2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461)
Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024)
The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011)
Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014)
College of Staten Island (2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314)
Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021)
La Scuola Guglielmo Marconi (406 East 67th St, New York, NY 10065)
St. John’s Lutheran Church (81 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014)
TheaterLab (357 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018), with more venues TBA. 

Admission to all shows and events in the festival will be FREE. Reservations can be made at

All shows will be presented in Italian with English supertitles, unless otherwise noted. Shows include:

As White as Fennel in a Salad (Bianca Come I Finocchi in Insalata
Written & Directed by Silvia Marchetti
Performed by Andrea Ramosi
Presented by Compagnia del Calzino 
Bianca’s life as a dull elementary school teacher is boring and frustrating until Antonino, the school’s dean, enters it. The hope of an improbable love affair illuminates a life of solitude, injustice, and denial. 
Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm @ BAAD!; Saturday, May 4 at 7pm @ Bernie Wohl Center (65 min)
Category: Women (50% or more of the creative team); LGBTQ

Spanker Machine
Written & Directed by Tiziana Troja
Performed by Michela Sale Musio
Presented by Lucidosottile 
Anita’s everyday life masks a hidden 'otaku.' Marked by a difficult past, she finds refuge at home, where her contradictions coexist with her controversial sexuality.
Tuesday, April 30 at 8:30pm @ BAAD!; Saturday, May 4 at 8:30pm @ Bernie Wohl Center (50 min)
Category: Women; LGBTQ

What Remains – on mobbing, shocking, and other amenities (Quel Che Resta– A proposito di mobbing, shocking e altre amenità)
By & With Monica Faggiani
Assistant Director Silvia Soncini
Presented by Teatro dell’Allodola - Le Irriverenti 
A story of “ordinary madness” concerning mobbing and other power dynamics, told by a woman. With self-irony, the protagonist tries to understand the participation in such dynamics and what is needed to avoid them.  
Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm @ Bernie Wohl Center; Friday, May 3 at 6pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó (55 min) 
Category: Women

A Cottage of One’s Own (Un Cottage Tutto Per Sè)
Written & Performed by Natalia Magni
Directed by Sonia Barbadoro
Presented by Magnitudo Nove 
Orsetta, a 40-year-old single woman, pressed by her mother and worried friends, decides to make her dream come true: move to a country cottage with a husband and children, to paint. In twelve snapshots, Orietta will discover her true worth in between speed-dating, therapists, ex-boyfriends and unexpected gifts. Presented in English.
Wednesday, May 1 at 9pm @ Bernie Wohl Center; Friday, May 3 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó (55 min)
Category: Women

A Passion (Una Passione
Written by Valentina Diana
Directed by Vinicio Marchioni
Performed by Marco Vergani
Presented by Anton 
An actor appears on an empty stage. The blockbuster production he’s in has been canceled, and no one has told him. He has always been an extra and tonight, alone, he will perform for you the story of the Passion of Christ. 
Thursday, May 2 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó; Sunday, May 5 at 4:30pm @ St. John’s Lutheran Church (50 min)

The Tightrope Walkers (Le Funambole
Adapted & Directed by Rosario Sparno 
Performed by Antonella Romano & Rosario Sparno
Installation by Antonella Romano
A project by Bottega Bombardini
Produced by Associazione Casa del Contemporaneo - Centro di produzione teatrale 
Adapted from the novel Maruzza Musumeci by Andrea Camilleri, author of Montalbano, Le funambole is a story where the sky meets the sea. Based on Sicilian legends from 1800 and 1900, the story is told in the form of the “cunto”, a theater form typical of the Sicilian tradition, with roots in the Ancient Greece of Homer. 
Monday, May 6 at 8pm @ The Brick; Tuesday, May 7 at 6pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó (50 min)

The Last Day of Sun (L’Ultimo Giorno Di Sole
Text & Music by Giorgio Faletti
Directed by Fausto Brizzi
Performed by Chiara Buratti
Produced by Orlantibor 
A "novel on stage" by the late writer/actor Giorgio Faletti. Seven monologues and eight songs. The story of a woman who, before the end of the world, returns to where she was born to review her life and her dreams. In the end, she must choose to either exorcise the dark, or learn to embrace it. 
Tuesday, May 7 at 8pm @ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó; Sunday, May 12 at 7pm @ Cherry Lane Theatre (95 min)

Orlando in One Furious Act (L’Orlando In Un Atto Furioso
Written by Michele Gandolfi
Directed by Angela Pepi & Ilaria Marcelli
Performed by Andrea Cicero, Ilaria Marcelli, Ivano Calafato, Matteo Castellino & Angela Pepi, Set by Marco Gandolfi, Costume by Andrea De Chiara
Presented by Fratto due production - Esperimenti teatrali 
Orlando, the most valorous French paladin, abandons the war against the Moors to follow the beautiful Angelica, whom he loves deeply. When Angelica rejects him, Orlando begins a journey that will bring him to madness. 
Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30pm @ College of Staten Island; Wednesday, May 8 at 9am @ La Scuola Guglielmo Marconi (75 min) Category: Women; Youth Theater

The Sky is About to Fall (Il Cielo Sta Per Cadere)    
From The Trojan Women by Euripides
Directed by Maria Grazia Cipriani
Performed by Sofia Abbati, Ilenia Lusito, Marta De Medici, Ariana Cutrone, Sara Giannelli, Erica Galante, Giulia Celletti, Francesco Barra & Francesco Capalbo
Presented by Teatro Del Carretto and Accademia d'Arte Drammatica Cassiopea 
The Trojan Women by Euripides is used to describe the tragedy of war, separate from chronological ties. The female prisoner’s pain is a silent scream, answered only by the cry of the sea.
Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 9 at 8pm @ TheaterLab (65 min)
Category: Women

Around the World in 72 days. The Journey of Nellie Bly (Intorno Al Mondo in 72 Giorni. Il Viaggio Di Nellie Bly)
From Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Elizabeth Cochrane 
Directed by Paola Sarcina, Adapted and translated by Paola Sarcina and Diana Forlani
Performed by Diana Forlani
Presented by Music Theatre International – Roma 
Intorno al mondo in 72 giorni. Il viaggio di Nellie Bly portrays an Italian point of view of an American hero, Elisabeth Cochraine, known as Nellie Bly, who in 1889 took off from New York to be the first woman to complete a journey around the world, alone. 
Wednesday, May 8 at 6pm @ The Brick; Saturday, May 11 at 6pm @ Bernie Wohl Center (45 min)
Category: Women

Antigone – A One Woman Monologue (Antigone – Monologo Per Donna Sola
Written & Performed by Debora Benincasa
Directed by Amedeo Anfuso
Produced by Anomalia Teatro 
Antigone runs away from her prison laughingly, finding new ways of telling her story - both tragic and humorous. 
Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm @ The Brick; Saturday, May 11 at 8pm @ Bernie Wohl Center (60 min)
Category: Women

With Open Heart (A Cuore Aperto
Written & Directed by Patrizio Cigliano
Performed by Patrizio Cigliano and Beatrice Fazi
Produced by Arcadinoé 
An old couple looks at each other for the last time, unfolding the story of their long relationship as it intertwines with 100 years of Italian history. A show about the timelessness of memory and love. 
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm @ The Brick; Friday, May 10 at 8pm @ Bernie Wohl Center (90 min)


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