April 29 – Opening Night In Scena! 2019
The seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY will kick off on Monday, April 29 at 7pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011) with the Opening Night Rainbow Jubilee, an international celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The evening will include staged presentations of the four winning plays from the KIT Playwright Series. Thirteen 10-minute plays from around the world, selected by an international jury, were presented as a staged reading in front of a live audience. The audience and a committee of local artists voted, and chose the top four plays to be presented. Admission to the event is FREE.
SLEEPING WITH THE FISH (US)
Written by Joe Gullo, Directed by Caterina Nonis, with Marc Lombardo and Nick Piacente
A mobster Brokeback Mountain.
Joe Gulla (Playwright) is a simple, gay, Bronx-born Italian…. with a dream! He is a regular performer at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. His play. GAY.PORN.MAFIA, had a Sold Out World Premiere at Chelsea’s New York Live Arts Theater last year and went on to win the Downtown Urban Arts Festival “Audience Award”. Previously, Joe’s The Bronx Queen and Garbo won the 2016 and 2017 DUAF Audience Award respectively. This June, his play Reel Wood will have its World Premiere as part of the 2019 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. As an actor, Joe played Joey in San Francisco’s Tony & Tina’s Wedding for many years and Frankie in Off-Broadway’s My Big Gay Italian Wedding. He also starred on NBC’s “LOST”, one of television’s first adventure reality series. Joe is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild. JoeGulla.com
Written by Jack Hannon (UK), Directed by Kylie Brown, with Jose Useche and Jeremy Landes
Spicing up a relationship… what could go wrong?
10 MINUTES (Turkey)
Written by Apo Kaya (Turkey), Translated by Ayse Eldek Richardson, Directed by Laura Caparrotti, with Pooya Mohseni
To be a trans woman in Turkey. Yesterday and today.
Apo Kaya (Playwright) began his career in Theater Arts as a radio play actor in Diyarbakir, Turkey at age 11. Later, he graduated from Mujdat Gezen Conservatory for the Arts in İstanbul, Turkey. In addition, he worked there as a performing art teacher for a while. Moreover, he continued his career as a director and a playwright, and has written two plays staged in Istanbul Dur Bi Dakka (Wait A Minute) and Ne Istediniz? (What Did You Want?) and is the recipient of the Lion’s Club Best Director Award and New Theatre Magazine’s Writer of the Year and currently lives in Long Island City.
Written by Federica Cucco (Italy), Translated & Directed by Laura Caparrotti, with Jose Useche
A monologue that brings us a memory of June 12th, 2016.
Federica Cucco (Playwright) was born in Italy in 1992. She started focusing on writing 6 years ago. From that moment on she decided to improving her writing and theatrical skills through workshops and important collaborations with Italian authors. She studied in Milan, Parma and Bologna. She presented her works in theatres all over Italy, such as Rome, Bologna and Napoli. She is the president of La Compagnia delle Lucciole, being also the author and director.