Kairos Italy Theater Newsletter
TOSCA UPDATE N.2 and MORE KIT News...
- February 19-20-21: Must End! TOSCA E LE ALTRE DUE by F. Valeri, the cell
- February 28th: Un Pranzo alla Romana, Cooking Class+Lunch, Trumpets, Montclair, NJ
- March 7th: KITCAFFE' In Montclair, Trumptes, Montclair: Donne!Donne!Donne!
- March 14th:The Italian Body + ABC L'Italiano S'impara cosi', Naples, Florida
Ciao Tosca... for now! Only 4 shows left...
It was a great run of Tosca e le altre due. We had fantastic reviews (see below) and even more enthusiastic reactions from the audience who attended the show. We cannot be happier!I personally hope to bring the show all around the States, Canada, and everywhere around the globe... Franca Valeri deserves to be well-known and greatly celebrated!
As there are still 4 shows left, I'd like to remind you that:
Immediately after Tosca, KIT continues with a lot of programs: cooking classes, KITCAFFE', shows and more... just read read read below...
- You can still buy tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-8006.
- For Opera lovers, for every show we have 5 seats at $10.00 in the balcony... upstairs with Tosca and Scarpia... if you'd like to reserve such seats, go to www.brownpapertickets.com and select BALCONY and you'll get your very Opera-Lover experience.
Ciao, Laura & KIT
PS. If you are in Italy, Franca Valeri is touring with two shows: "Oddio mamma!" and "La vedova Socrate"... look for her!!!
MORE AND MORE NEW REVIEWS!
Lisa J. Sagolla
BOTTOM LINE: This well-tuned U.S. premiere of Italian playwright Franca Valeri's peppery two-character comedy, inspired by Puccini's "Tosca," is enormously pleasing.
"A saucy little two-character Italian comedy, astutely acted by Laura Caparrotti (who also directs) and Marta Mondelli, "Tosca e le altre due (Tosca and the Two Downstairs)" fabricates a funny, feminist-tinged side story to the famous Puccini opera.
While horrific tortures, seduction, and cold-blooded murder, as detailed in the opera's second act, play out upstairs in Rome's Palazzo Farnese, we are privy only to what occurs downstairs. There, a saber-witted conversation between the fictional characters of Emilia, the doorkeeper for the evil police chief whom Tosca murders, and Emilia's visitor, Iride, the wife of a torturing officer, is taking place. With Emilia's help, Iride plots to leave her husband. The women's bright, breezy dialogue, delivered in Italian with English supertitles, is periodically punctuated, to splendid comic effect, by spine-tingling screams from above and recorded excerpts from the opera's most dramatic passages.
Presented by Kairos Italy Theater, a New York-based bilingual (Italian and English) company under the artistic direction of Caparrotti, the production constitutes the U.S. premiere of Franca Valeri's 1978 comedy. Valeri is renowned in her native Italy for creating satirically humorous female characters. As translated by Natasha Lardera and augmented by Milanese set designer Lucretia Moroni's sparely evocative scenic elements, the wee 75-minute play is well-situated at the Cell, a newly converted Chelsea gallery space. When you walk in the door-the outside entrance leads directly into the extremely intimate theater space-it feels as if you're entering someone's private residence. [...] While the production is enormously pleasing on many levels, it may be best appreciated by those who speak Italian. The comedy is quickly played, sometimes wordy, and highly reliant on the timing of both text and movement. [...]"
THE GIRLS DOWNSTAIRS
TOSCA AND THE TWO DOWNSTAIRS
LA TOSCA IN... PORTINERIA
TOSCA E LE ALTRE DUE
Plus some old ones... in case you have missed them...
FEBRUARY 3rd to FEBRUARY21st
TOSCA E LE ALTRE DUE
TOSCA AND THE TWO DOWNSTAIRS
BY FRANCA VALERI
In Italian with English supertitles
338 W 23rd Street
(Between 8th and 9th ave)
Third week: Wed 17- Sat 20 at 8:00 PM, Sat 20 and Sun 21 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $ 20.00 - $ 15.00 students and seniors
TICKETS: www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006
From Time Out NY: Franca Valeri puts Rosencratz and Guildenstern spin on Puccini's classic opera by imagining what the torturer's wife and the lady-doorkeeper must have been saying while all that melodramatic stabbing was going on upstairs.
Trumpets Jazz Club
Sora Lella NYC
Kairos Italy Theater
Discover Roman regional cuisine
and learn how to cook a four course Roman luncheon.
Un Pranzo alla Romana
Cooking class and Lunch with
Chef Mauro Trabalza of Sora Lella NYC
Sunday, February 28, 2010
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
|Coming Up in March...
KITCAFFE' in Montclair
MARCH 7TH, 4-6pm
an afternoon dedicated to Italian Women Writers DONNE! DONNE! DONNE!Trumpets Jazz Club 6 Depot Square
- Montclair, NJ
R.S.V.P. via email: [email protected]
or by calling Trumpets' reservation line: 973-486-0822
SUNNY FLORIDA... Here we are!
Laura and Marta will perform
The Italian Body and
A,B,C L'Italiano S'Impara Cosi'!
Sunday March 14th
Naples Italian American Club
Naples, Florida.For more information: 239-597 5210 or email: [email protected].
|About KIT members and friends...
and The Contenders
for winning the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu International Film Festival!
Check the Italian tour and
the NY premiere of the film at www.thecontendersthemovie.com/news
Save the Date!
The 2010 edition of CIAO ITALY FESTIVAL has just been announced: Saturday JUNE 19, 2010
at SAN CONO ASSOCIATION
in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The organizer is again, one more time, our unstoppable friend Anabella Lenzu
Details will come soon!
Instructions for Donation to KIT
DONATE TO KIT BY CREDIT CARD
Go to https://www.thefield.org/ContributionToSA.aspx? 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!DONATE TO KIT BY PERSONAL CHECK
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.
REMEMBER: ALL THE DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
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, www.thefield.org. 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.
Kairos Italy Theater
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!
Email: [email protected]
Tel +1-212-254 4025