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Kairos Italy Theater Newsletter
April 2010
In This Issue
KITCAFFE' in Montclair
Coming Up with KIT... SAVE THE DATES!
Greetings from FLORIDA
About KIT members and friends...
  • April 19th,: KITCAFFE' In Montclair, Trumpets, Montclair: Primo Levi Short Stories
  • May 10th: KITCAFFE' In Montclair, Trumpets, Montclair: Mamma!
  • May 23rd: The KIT Project: Readings of Italian Theatre in Translation, The Flea
  • June 7th: KITCAFFE' In Montclair, Trumpets, Montclair: Fred Gardaphe's Short Stories
  • June 13th: The KIT Project: Readings of Italian Theatre in Translation, The Flea
  • July 27th: KITCAFFE' in Manhattan, Cornelia Street Cafe': TBA


Dear KIT friends,

Spring is in the air, bringing new colors and new life everywhere... and Spring is here at KIT!

I am very happy to announce the begin of a series I had in mind for a very long time, and that now it  is finally becoming reality. I am in fact collaborating with
The Flea (the great Off-Off theatre located on White Street in Tribeca), and with many wonderful artists, in bringing new Italian plays as well as old Italian plays little known in the States to the NY stage. The series will start May 23 at 7pm, when we'll be  presenting  a very well-known title, yet unknown  as a play, by a very famous author... Curious? Well, you have to wait until next newsletter to know more...

I am also very happy to enter the illustrous Cornelia Street Cafe' with our KITCAFFE'. July 27th, at 6pm, we'll read, drink and be merry....

Least, but not last, I am still working in bringing Tosca e le altre due back on stage, and not only in NY. If anyone is interested in hosting Tosca on their stages, contact us!

As for the web-site, it is now all up to KIT. The web-site is ready to run and fto unction at its best... we have to fill it with contents... and slowly we will...

Buone Uova di Cioccolata a tutti!

Ciao, Laura & KIT

Trumpets Jazz Club

KIT and Trumpets Jazz Club


KITCAFFE' in Montclair


under the auspices of
and with the endorsement of 

Censura in Bitinia
I Gladiatori
Una Stella Tranquilla

Primo Levi

The amount of fiction produced by Levi is not tremendous - five modestly sized collections of short pieces and a novel - and yet they provide a unique perspective in literature, skillfully combining the major elements of the author's life. On the one hand, his training as a chemist is evident in his choice of subject matter, the reasoning of his protagonists, and his analytical descriptions. On the other hand, Levi's harrowing experiences in Auschwitz are the source of an insuppressible sense of wonder present in his work, a wonder over every detail of the animate and inanimate world, coupled with a profound appreciation of simply being alive to observe the details. What arises from this combination of science and mystery are stories which are as uncategorizable as they are unusual.

From The Scriptorium, By David Keffer, with Allen B. Ruch

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ  07042  - 973-744-2600

$ 20.00 per person (material and refreshments included)

Event reservation direct-line: 973-486-0822
email: info

Teachers will receive a certificate for two professional development hours.

NJ coordinators:
Kristine Massari & Ruth Kunstadter, licensed NJ teachers of Italian.
Host: Laura Caparrotti, KIT

More KITCAFFE' in Montclair Dates:
Monday, May 10, 7-9 pm: MAMMA!
Monday, June 7, 7-9 pm: Fred Gardaphe's Importato dall'Italia

The refreshments are kindly donated by Trumpets Jazz Club
Only 12 miles west of NYC - NJ Transit from NYC to Montclair, NJ
Coming Up with KIT... SAVE THE DATES!

Arlecchino Love Sick

KIT together with the prestigious Flea Theatre presents the first series of readings of  unknown or little known Italian plays translated into English.

Great plays, great actors, great theater and great audience! MORE DETAILS IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER..

Arlecchino Love SickTUESDAY JULY 27, 6-8 pm,
KITCAFFE' in Manhattan is back!

We will be welcoming our audience at the famous Cornelia Street Cafe' (29 Cornelia Street). We promise a beautiful evening under the stars of the Italian Literature and of this historical location in the Village. Details will come soon...

We had the best time in Naples, Florida, thanks to Joe Delfino and the Naples Italian American Club. We had more than 200 people attending, and we were all very happy!

Here some pics we'd like to share with you...
the photos are by Ivan Seligman.

Marta a Naples
Marta in The Italian Body
Prof margherita a Naples 2
Professor Margherita in ABC L'Italiano s'impara cosi'...
Prof Margherita e studenti a Naples    Naples Audience
Professor Margherita with some students + the happy audience

About KIT members and friends...

Burattini Cortesi's
Arlecchino Lovesick


Our friends of  The Cortese Family are back with a great show thanks to our great friend Lucretia. Don't miss this unique possibility of witness the best example of classical Northern-Italian puppetry school.

Here the calendar of the performances (some are already gone, sorry):

@ La Scuola d'Italia "G. Marconi" (406 East 67th Street, NY)
March 29th, 11-12:30pm Puppet Performance for students in grades 2-8, parents and friends of La Scuola community;
March 30th 10-11:30 am Puppet performance for students in grades pre-K-1st, parents and friends of La Scuola community.
To RSVP: 212-369 4433 or write to

March 31, 6pm
5:30-5:45 Casa Members and NYU community (with ID) priority seating
5:45-6 general admission

@ Hoboken Shelter, St. John's Church
(300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ)
April 1st, 4:30pm
The show will benefit the Hoboken Shelter with a suggested donation of $10 for admission.

2010AND AGAIN: For everyone who loves soccer, and the Roma team, our friends at Sora Lella NYC screen Roma's games every week. Also, now Sora Lella NYC is the headquarter of the Roma Club New York. And from June 11 to July 11, they will screen the entire 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP... ON THE BIG SCREEN!

Would you like help KIT
doing more and more and more?

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.

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