JULY 2010

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Dear Friends,

we'll celebrate the return of KITCAFFE' in Manhattan at Cornelia Street Cafe'... but before... JULY 19-23: we are very happy to announce that our friend Lydia Biondi, excellent actress and Commedia dell'Arte expert, will be offering a 15 hours workshop In NY. A great opportunity for everyone who'd like to explore the world of the famous and very Italian Commedia.

Many of you have asked me lately how to donate to KIT,  check below for the details! We strongly need your support to continue producing readings, performances, KITCaffe' and much more! So, we thank you in advance.for all the support you'd like to give KIT... GRAZIE!!!

Ciao! Laura & KIT



KIT's friend and Master of Commedia Dell'Arte Lydia Biondi will be in NYC for few days, and she accepted to teach a 5 days/15 hours workshop introducing Commedia dell'Arte!

We need a minimum of 10 participants to get the class going... it's a last minute event, but it's such a good opportunity... do not miss it!

July 19-23 (Monday through Friday)
15 hours total
Location TBA

Fee: $150 (10$ per hour) including all the material
Minimum: 10 students
For info and to enroll: [email protected] or 212-254 4025

- Historical introduction: The History of Commedia dell'Arte
- Physical training
- Analysis and study of the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte
- Use of the mask: Exercises
- Commedia dell'Arte 'scenari' (scenes) study
- Scene studies using scenes from the early Goldoni's Plays
- Final Curtain: Open Class/Rehearsal
Lydia BiondiLYDIA BIONDI is an actress, stage director, choreographer,, casting director  and teacher (film, theatre and opera). Lydia appears in films, on television and on stage around the world. In the U.S. she can be seen in the upcoming film EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Ryan Murphy (2010), in LETTERS TO JULIET (2010) by Gary Winick, and in Spike Lee's film MIRACLE AT SANTA ANNA as well as in the HBO series ROME. In theater, she has appeared at La Mama ETC. Lydia is the artistic director of MimoTeatroMovimento in Rome and teaches Commedia dell'Arte all around the world.

At the beginning of her career, she worked in the avant-garde and experimental theater in Rome, Italy while appearing in movies by important Italian directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, and others. In 1978 she founded the non-profit association MTM (mimoteatromovimento), a theater school and company, which became one of the most important private theater schools in Rome.

In 1981 Lydia joined the famous mime and masks company Mummenschanz,. In 1985 (while continuing to collaborate with Mummenschanz on other tours), she returned to Rome  where She resumed direction of her group MTM, renamed MTM-Teatro Studio, moving into a prestigious space on the Gianicolo hill, the 17th century baroque fountain known as Fontanone. From 1996 to 2007, she was the organizer and artistic director of FontanonEstate, one of the most prestigious theater, music and dance festivals in Rome.

Lydia continues to teach acting and Commedia dell'Arte; she has conducted Commedia dell'Arte workshops in New York, Russia (Omsk, Saratov, Ufa), Colombia (Bogota), Canada (Toronto), Denmark (Copenhagen), and France (Paris).

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Cornelia Street Cafe'
(29 Cornelia Street)

Tuesday July 27th

Arlecchino Love SickKITCAFFE' on the past and the present of Italian Literature: Primo Levi
The fantastic yet so real world of

Readings from

Margherita Dolcevita by S. Benni and Short Stories by P. Levi
Two writers who transformed reality into fantasy to talk about the world, society and people. Satire, comedy and some hidden drama in stories by two Italian masters.

Primo Levi: Italian-Jewish writer and chemist, who first gained fame with his autobiographical story SE QUESTO � UN UOMO (1947, If This is a Man) of survival in Nazi concentration camps. For the last forty years of his life Levi devoted himself to attempting to deal with the fact that he was not killed in Auschwitz. "The worst survived, that is, the fittest; the best all died," he said. Levi also published poetry, science fiction, essays, and short stories. In 1987, at the age of 67, he killed himself. Italo Calvino called Levi "one of the most important and gifted writers of our time."

Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italy's foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include: Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea and the latest remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy. From Europaedition web-site.

 Following KIT's tradition, the reading will be first in English followed by its Italian version.
Copies of the reading material in Italian will provide to the audience the opportunity to follow the professional reading.
Q&A and mingle in before, during and after the reading.

  Entrance+Cover Charge $ 12.00
includes copies of reading material and a glass of wine

(or if you don't drink, the equivalent in food)
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Go to The Field Artist's Contribution Page 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.


COPA NYC! After the World Cup, The NYC Cup!
Copa NYC
KIT's Friend Marco Evangelista is one of the organizers of the Italian Team for Copa NYC, an all-NYC World Cup, happening July 24-25, 31 and August 1. We love the idea, and we hope you'll love it too. To see the calendar of the games, go to Forza ITALIA! (hopefully, it will go better this time...)

KIT's Marta Mondelli first feature The Contenders  will have 2-week theatrical run starting Friday, JULY 16th at THE PRODUCERS' CLUB INDIEHOUSE CINEMA 358 West 44th Street (btwn 8th/9th Avenue - ph: 212-315-4743). General Tickets are $10, but KIT friends pay only $8. Thank you Marta! For more info, visit:

In This Issue
KITCAFFE' in Manhattan
Quick Links
Kairos Italy Theater
KIT In The City
Find us on Facebook

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo'
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
La Collina Italiana
Every Little Movement
Sora Lella NYC
Mare Nostrum Elements
Anabella Lenzu/Dance Drama
The Flea Theater
Essence of Italy

Italy in (& around) NY

Aspettando Nil at PS122 Undergroundzero Festival

Jovanotti at SUMMERSTAGE

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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.

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Arlecchino Love SickAccording 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  sculptor 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 symbolized 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

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