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Kairos Italy Theater Newsletter
January 2010
In This Issue
KITCAFFE' in Montclair
TOSCA E LE ALTRE DUE (Tosca and the two downstairs) by F. Valeri
More about KIT and KIT's Members
KIT in the
  • January 10:  KITCAFFE' In Montclair, Trumptes, Montclair, NJ: Ignazio Silone
  • February 3-21: Tosca e le altre due by F. Valeri, the cell
           440 studiosPoster ToscaMargherita Dolce Vita ITA

Happy Happy Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic start of 2010. We did, and actually we are full of energy and excitement as we are very close to the opening of Tosca e le Altre Due, in English known as Tosca and the two downstairs.

February 3, Emilia and Iride, with the support of Tosca, and the genius pen of Franca Valeri, will bring you back to 1800 and to the Eternal City of Roma.

In the meantime, starting from January 10, we are continuing KITCAFFE' in Montclair - we have dates up until June - while KITCAFFE' in Manhattan will resume in March. As promised, there are more events coming up, but I'd like to unveil them slowly... month by month...

Needless to say, in 2010 we can use all the support you can give us to present Tosca as its best... Any donation is deeply appreciated ($50, $100, $200, $500, $4000, $40000!)... follow below instructions and be part of our team!

Grazie in anticipo,

Ciao, Laura & KIT

Trumpets Jazz Club KITCAFFE' in Montclair

Sunday January 10th

First appointment of the New Year with the Italian Literary Salon curated by KIT in collaboration with Trumpets Jazz Club.

Ignazio Silone
Pane e Vino (1937)
Sciascia 2

Trumpets Jazz Club
(6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ)

Teachers will receive a certificate for two professional development hours.

ONLY $20 pp and you get:
The materials, coffee, desserts, wine PLUS
the chance to win the Stanislao Pugliese's Bitter Spring.

Reserve today!
R.S.V.P. via email: or by calling Trumpets' reservation line: 973-486-0822
The refreshments are kindly donated by Trumpets Jazz Club.

More KITCAFFE' in Montclair Dates:
February 8th: Love and Fun
March 7th: Women Writers
April 12: Primo Levi
May 10: TBA
June 14: TBA

NJ coordinators: Kristine Massari & Ruth Kunstadter,
licensed NJ teachers of Italian.
Hosts: Laura Caparrotti & Marta Mondelli, KIT
KIT-Kairos Italy Theater:
Trumpets Jazz Club:

KITCAFFE' in Montclair is presented by KAIROS ITALY THEATER (NY) in collaboration with TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB with the sponsorship of  THE CENTER FOR ITALIAN AND ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURE

February 3rd - 21st, 2010

Marta Mondelli and Laura Caparrotti. Photo: Jonathan Slaff
Photo by Jonathan Slaff
(Tosca and the two downstairs)

by Franca Valeri
Translated by Natasha Lardera

Laura Caparrotti (Emilia)
Marta Mondelli (Iride)

Directed by Laura Caparrotti

the cell (338 W 23rd Street)

First and Third Week: Wednesdays - Saturdays 8pm
Second Week: Friday 12-Saturday 13 8pm
ALL Saturdays-Sundays 3pm

Tickets $ 20.00 General Admission - $ 15.00 Students and Seniors
Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or
via phone at 1-800-838-3006

If you are a teacher, a professor, or a principal and you would like to bring your students to see the show, we offer on-request performances at 11 am on Thursdays and Fridays. The shows must be booked at least three weeks in advance from the date requested.

Contact to book the show
for your school!

We'll provide further material about the show and the playwright; it's also possible to have a Q&A session after the show with the cast.

Yes, you can still donate to KIT giving us a huge help!

Here the instructions:

Go to and select  Laura Caparrotti/Kairos Italy Theater from the drop down list of Sponsored Artists. Then put the amount you wish to donate in the "Contribution Amount" slot. Please be sure to fill in all of the contact info so that we can acknowledge your  donation with a proper thank you!

Write a check to The Field, and put in the memo line Laura Caparrotti/Kairos Italy Theater. Then mail it to the following address: KIT-Kairos Italy Theater 60 E 8th street Suite 12B NY-NY 10003.


KIT-Kairos Italy Theater is sponsored by The Field, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community.

The Field is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked Laura Caparrotti/Kairos Italy Theater are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 6th Avenue, New York NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053, A copy of The Field's latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.


Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYUNEWS ON THE NEW KIT WEBSITE:
If you encounter some problems, it's only because we are shifting from one server to another... end of January everything should be running normally... more news to come...

will be leading the conversation at
Parla Come Mangi, the series of dinner in Italian organized by Alloro Restaurant  and La Collina Italiana, on Monday January 18. For information or to book, contact Alloro Restaurant at 212-535 2866 or La Collina Italiana at 212-427 7770 or check their websites!

440 studiosMarch 14th, 2010: Laura and Marta perform their one-woman-shows - A,B,C L'Italiano s'impara cosi' and The Italian Body... more details to come...
Need help going to Rome or to NY?

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The Bilingual News on Roma and New York

KIT in the is your guide through the two Capitals of the world! Exhibitions, shows, restaurants, hotels, latest trends and much much more: a KIT of news to enjoy these two beautiful cities!
To honor KIT's tradition, the web-site speaks both English and Italian.

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If you'd like to let us know about more Italy in the NYC area, or if you'd like to share opinions on Italy and Italian events OR if you'd like to contact us with questions, request and suggestions, send an email at KIT's staff will be happy to review it and eventually include it in its newsletter.

Kairos Italy Theater
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 KIT's mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spreading the Italian Culture and to creating an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States.

According to ancient Greeks, Kairos was the god of the "fleeting moment," "a favorable opportunity opposing the fate of man." Such a moment must be grasped (by the tuft of hair on the personified forehead of the fleeting opportunity); otherwise the moment is gone and cannot be re-captured (personified by the back of head being bald). A concept similar to Kairos is that behind the famous motto "Carpe Diem" and a sort of recurrence in the idea of Kairos is linked with the theme of The Wheel of Fortune, which continuously rotates.

Once upon a time... KIT!
Many years ago (I was still in Italy) I have started my own theatre company with some friends, all actors like me. We decided to call us with the temporary name of Le Gramaglie, which was fun, but didn't feel completely right. Then one day, in Rome (my city), while I was walking through an exhibition dedicated to the Greek  scolptur Lysippos, I have discovered a fascinated figure, Kairos, which Lysippos replicated a lot.

Kairos was a semi-god, with a lot of hair in the forehead while completely bold in the back. He simbolized the right occasion grabbed at the right moment: in fact, you can grab it when it's coming (the hair in the forehead), but when it's gone, you won't catch it anymore... I found the concept to be beautiful, an hymn to life lived at full, an exhortation to grab the chance, even when it looks risky, just because your heart says that is the right one.

This is the very simple reason I have called my company Kairos, and when I have came to the States, I have just added Italy to better show what the company was about.
After so many years, I can say that I was right: I took many chances, and I still do, and it's still very beautiful and rewarding!

Laura Caparrotti
Contact Information
Tel +1-212-254 4025