Kairos Italy Theater Presents US Premiere of THE WORTH OF WOMEN

Kairos Italy Theater Presents US Premiere of THE WORTH OF WOMEN

On the occasion of International Women's Day 2017, KIT - Kairos Italy Theater announces its upcoming US Premiere production of "The Worth of Women."

KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, brings to the stage the US premiere of The Worth of Women, a theatrical adaptation of a book written by Moderata Fonte (translated by Virginia Cox) and published in 1600. The show was first presented at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' as part of Carnegie Hall's "La Serenissima" festival, a celebration of Venice.

The Worth of Women presents seven women of different ages and experience dialoging about gender equality and the responsibility of husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and lovers.

Published in 1600, The Worth of Women explores nearly every aspect of women's experience in both theoretical and practical terms, in a way that is startlingly relevant in 2017. These women take as their broad theme the cause of men's curious hostility toward women and possible cures for this.

Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555-92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberated from prevailing codes of decorum as a courtesan might be, Pozzo was a respectable, married mother who produced literature in genres that were commonly considered "masculine"-the chivalric romance and the literary dialogue.

The Worth of Women is directed by Jay Stern in collaboration with Laura Caparrotti, composer Erato Kremmyda, and lyricist Maggie-Kate Coleman. The cast includes Carlotta Brentan, Laura Caparrotti, Tali Custer, Aileen Lanni, Marta Mondelli, Irene Turri, and Annie Watkins.

Caparrotti and Stern are founding members of the World Wide Lab, an international collective of directors dedicated to creating director-driven collaborative work. Founded in 2010, the World Wide Lab has created and presented work at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, Teatro Due in Rome, the Apollo Theater in Syros, Greece, and the Art Zone in Taipei. The goal of the Lab is to foster director collaborations - to create work informed by multiple points of view and multiple cultural backgrounds. In continuing with this spirit, Stern and Caparrotti worked together as collaborating directors on The Worth of Women.

KIT-Kairos Italy Theater is internationally recognized as the Italian Theater Company in NY. KIT's mission is to spread Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and spread the knowledge of Italy in the United States. KIT has produced more than 20 performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off-Broadway theaters and with US as well as Italian Institutions. KIT brings never before translated Italian plays to the US and it has created the Double Theatre Experience, where One-Act plays are performed first in English and then in Italian in the same evening, by different casts. KIT also offers workshops on Commedia dell'Arte and other traditional Italian theater techniques as well as Italian&Theatre classes. In 2013, KIT inaugurated In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater festival to take place in all 5 New York City Boroughs. KIT is the Theater Company in residence at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU.

March 30, 31, 2, 6, 7 at 8pm

April 1, 8 at 3pm and at 8pm

April 9 at 2pm and at 8pm

For info and tickets: www.kitheater.com

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