STAGED READING IN ENGLISH on the 40th anniversary of his death in 1975 directed by Marco Calvani, starring Rocco Sisto, Carlotta Brentan, Jacopo Rampini
• Monday, May 4 at 6:00pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU (24 W 12 St, Manhattan)
MARCO CALVANI (director) Italian born, Marco made his debut as an actor before switching to playwrighting and directing. Strong Hands was his first play to be performed to great acclaim throughout Europe. Commissions from the Todi Art Festival, the Phoenix Theatre of London, Teatro di Roma, the Théâtre de la Ville of Paris and the Grec Fundaciò of Barcelona followed. Credits as director include: Oil (Teatro India, Roma; Outstanding Playwrighting Award at Planet Connections Theatre, NY), The city beneath (La MaMa Theatre, NY; Ubud Festival, Indonesia; Sala Beckett, Barcelone), Penelope in Groznyj (Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin; Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Teatro Vascello, Rome), Nails (Fringe Festival Madrid; Galleria Toledo, Naples), I am Dracula (Teatro Fabbricone, Prato), Stockholm by Bryony Lavery which he also translated into Italian (Teatro Belli, Rome). In 2012 he created AdA – Author directing Author with Neil LaBute for which he wrote Things Of This World and directed Lovely Head written by LaBute (Spoleto Festival, Fringe Festival Madrid, La MaMa Theatre). In 2014 they were back for a second round of the project, for which he wrote The Second Time and directed Happy Hour (Biennale Venice, La MaMa Theatre). In June 2015 Daniel Talbott will direct his new play Maspeth for a special event at the Actors Studio. He is the founder and artistic director of Mixò (mixonline.eu), an international cultural center that brings together young actors and writers and promotes original works for stage. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights/Directors Unit of the Actors Studio, NY. He received the 2011 S.I.A.E. Prize for Best Playwright. He is also a recipient of the 2011 Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris Fellowship and the 2015 Edward F. Albee Foundation Writer Fellowship.
Rocco Sisto – Theatre credits range form Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre from New York to Seattle. He appeared on Broadway on To be or not to be and on Seminar. He was a founding member of Shakespeare and Co., a classical theatre company based in Lenox, MA, and has taught acting at the California Institute of the Arts, Fordham University, N.Y.U. and Columbia University. In addiction to the OBIE awards, Rocco has received a Drama League Award and a Drama Desk nomination for his work in theatre over the years. His film credits include movies such as Donnie Brasco, Far and away, Eraser, and the cult hit The American Astronaut among others. His television credits range from everything from commercials to soap operas to prime time. Some of the programs include The Sopranos, C.S.I., Law and Order: CI, Star Treck, The Next generation to name only a few.
Carlotta Brentan is a New York City-based theater, film, commercial & voiceover actress. After growing up between Italy, France and England, Carlotta relocated to NYC in 2011 to train at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating, Carlotta was selected as a member of their 2012-2013 professional Theater Company, where highlights were playing Sister James in Doubt and Lucy in The Rivals. Since completing her Company year, Carlotta has been actively working in the New York theater scene. She was seen in Horizon Theater Rep’s production of The Balcony by Genet, Mare Nostrum Elements’ production of Mario Fratti’s Actors, as well as performing in the 2013 World Wide Directors Lab at the Irondale center. Carlotta is also a Junior Associate Producer at In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, produced by KIT. She performed in the festival’s inaugural 2013 edition, presenting award-winning Italian play Mornings at Ten to Four, by Luca de Bei, which she also translated into English. Recently, Carlotta has also worked on voiceovers in multiple languages, industrials, as well as short films. She just shot the lead role in Regarding The Actress, a fantastic short currently competing in the ‘Shot on Red’ film festival. www.carlottabrentan.com‘
Jacopo Rampini was born in Rome, Italy, and grew up in Paris and San Francisco. He is currently residing in New York City. Jacopo’s native languages are Italian, French and English. He holds both Italian and U.S. Citizenship. He attended Sorbonne University in Paris, and graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature. He trained in theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. After graduating, Jacopo worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Sam Gold’s production of A Doll’s House starring Lily Rabe, Josh Hamilton, Lili Taylor, and Matthew Maher. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Jean Genet’s The Balcony at the Access Theatre in 2013. In New York City Jacopo has acted in a number of feature, short, and independent films that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. He has appeared in TV Shows such as Scorned and The Haunting Of, and has worked extensively with the NYU Tish Grad Film school and Columbia University’s Grad Film school. Most recently, Jacopo has played young Joseph Stalin in the TV Series World Wars on the History Channel. Jacopo has been a member of the Kairos Italy Theater Company since 2012.