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In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY Announces Opening Night Rainbow Jubilee


In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY Announces Opening Night Rainbow Jubilee

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 event will feature In Scena! 2019 artists as well as representatives of the international LGBTQ community in New York. The evening will also include staged presentations of the three winning plays from the KIT Playwright Series. In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY always kicks off their opening night with a special anniversary celebration. Previous celebrations have included Eduardo De Filippo, Luigi Pirandello, Mario Fratti, and the 40th anniversary of the first important mental health regulation in Italy that was followed by countries worldwide.

The KIT Playwrights Series will be presented on Monday, April 15 at 6pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011). Thirteen 10-minute plays from around the world, selected by an international jury, will be presented as a staged reading in front of a live audience. The audience and a committee of local artists will vote for the best three plays, which will receive a staged presentation during the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY Opening Night Rainbow Jubilee on Monday, April 29.

The thirteen 10-minute plays competing are Orlando by Federica Cucco (Italy), TQILA by Chiara Boscaro e Marco Di Stefano (Italy), Sleeping with the fish by Joe Gulla (US), I do, do you by Leland Frenkel (US), We make due by Raine Grayson (US), A Mother's Privilege by Donna Hoke (US), Threesome by Jack Hannon (US), Adios by Richard Ballon (US), Blue Parachute by Yilong Liu (US), Pembe Tezkere by Ayse Alagoz (Turkey), Callus by Ayse Alagoz (Turkey), Innocent Zone by Erenay Isik (Turkey), and 10 minutes by Apo Kaya (Turkey). The readings will be directed by Carlotta Brentan, Kyle Brown, Laura Caparrotti, Dominic D'Andrea, Sandy Doria, Ayse Eldek Richardson, Mario Merone, Caterina Nonis, Giacomo Rocchini, Jake Sellers, Jay Stern, and Burak Tatar.

The 2019 KIT Playwright Series is presented by Kairos Italy Theater and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU in collaboration with BAAD! (US), Certi Diritti (Italy), KIT Italia (Italy), Russian Lgbt Network (Russia), TARTE (Turkish American Repertory Theater and entertainment), and The Carlo Annoni Award (Italy). This event is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, conferences, lectures and exchanges between Italian and International Artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York.

The seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC presented by The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia, will run April 29-May 13. Participating venues will include The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD! - 2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461), Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center(647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024), The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211), Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011), Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014), College of Staten Island (2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314), Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021), La Scuola Guglielmo Marconi (406 East 67th St, New York, NY 10065), St. John's Lutheran Church (81 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014), and TheaterLab (357 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018), with more venues TBA. Admission to all shows and events in the festival will be FREE. Reservations are now open at

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