Festival 2014

Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in NYC, will present its second In Scena! Italian Theater Festival (www.inscenany.com) in all five boroughs from June 9 to 24, 2014.  The event will feature six full productions and four readings.  Production highlights include Hanno tutti ragione (Everybody’s Right), performed by Iaia Forte, a leading actress in Paolo Sorrentino’s film The Great Beauty (Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 Academy Awards).  The play is based on a book by Sorrentino.  Other programming highlights include a series of plays and readings dealing with soccer, celebrating the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

The In Scena! Festival was inaugurated last year as an official event of 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the USA, under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.  Events were mounted in all five boroughs and included three full productions that were US premieres, three special events and four staged readings, all playing to full houses. In Scena! is Italian for on stage! This year, six full productions and four readings are planned.  All events will be bilingual.

The festival’s Opening Night will take place from 7:00 PM on June 9 at the Arthur Avenue Market in the Bronx. The evening will be dedicated to playwright Eduardo de Filippo on the 30th Anniversary of his death. Special guest will be Iaia Forte (see above). Opening Night tickets are $75 and include a buffet dinner by as featured on the Food Network, Italian food expert, Chef David Greco, as well as drinks by Punzone’.

The festival will present the first Mario Fratti Award for emerging Italian authors. A play will be chosen by a panel of experts. The winning play will be translated and staged as a reading on June 23 at 7:00 PM at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave.).

The winning playwright will be presented with an especially created painting made by Victora Febrer, a visual artist who uses wine to create her paintings. The award ceremony will take place on June 24, during the Closing Night, at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Ave.

The Festival will present workshops with participating artists and it will travel on June 12 to the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC.

The 2014 Edition of In Scena! is presented by KIT-Kairos Italy Theater in collaboration with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, Bernie Wohl Community Center at Goddard Riverside, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, Dicapo Opera, the Belmont Business District Development, the National Italian American Foundation,  the Arthur Avenue Market Association, The Secret Theater, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, Manducatis Rustica and KIT Italia.

Media Sponsors include La Voce di New York and TeatroTeatro.it.

In Scena has the support of  the Direzione Generale per gli Italiani all’Estero e le Politiche Migratorie del Ministero degli Affari Esteri italiano.