World Premiere of ALIENATION: 3 New Plays from Italy Opens 11/10 at Cherry Lane
Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), New York's preeminent Italian Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of AlieNation, three vital stage works that explore themes of perception, alienation and integration and their consequences in different social and geographical contexts.
The three plays, directed by Laura Caparrotti, will be presented in repertory on alternate dates. They include Enrico IV by Luigi Pirandello and adapted by Laura Caparrotti and Rocco Sisto (Broadway's The King and I) and a double-bill of new one-acts: A Story of Love and Soccer by Michele Santeramo and The Journey I Never Made by Paolo Bignami.
Enrico IV, the Pirandello classic, translated by Gloria Pastorino, examines madness versus the mask that society forces people to wear. King Henry, played by Sisto, speaks directly to his audience - who may just be crazier than he is.
A Story of Love and Soccer, translated by Peter Speedwell, is set in a Southern Italy village where a group of immigrants compete in the first-ever clandestine soccer world championship to determine who will seize control of the city. Featuring Eric Gravez and Dave Johnson.
The Journey I Never Made, translated by Carlotta Brentan, focuses on two women, from very different cultures/times, who meet in a mysterious station where all trains have been cancelled. Despite their suspicions, they mirror one another and slowly begin a dialogue. Featuring Carlotta Brentan and Christine Renee Miller.
Tickets ($20, $15 students/seniors) can be purchased online at Kitheater.com or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111. Performs Tues-Sun (see website for exact times of each)
Cherry Lane Studio is located at 38 Commerce Street, NYC.
Laura Caparrotti is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, curator with an Italian accent. She studied and worked professionally for over ten years in Italy before relocating to NY in 1997. She is the Founding Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian Theater Company in NY. In 2013, Laura started the annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all 5 NY Boroughs and beyond.
Rocco Sisto: Broadway credits include: Amadeus, The King and I, The Comedy of Errors, To Be or Not to Be, A Month in the Country and stand-by to Alan Rickman in Seminar. Off-Broadway he's been in numerous plays, among them: The Light Years, Old Fashioned Prostitutes & Quills (Obie & Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination). He's appeared onscreen in Donnie Brasco, Eraser, Frequency, Lorenzo's Oil & Illuminata. His many TV credits include: The Sopranos, Bluebloods, Law & Order, JAG, Alias & Star Trek: The Next Generation. Rocco has won three Obie Awards.
Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was a Nobel-prize winning Sicilian playwright, novelist and poet. He wrote over 40 plays, most notable, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Cosi E' and Enrico IV. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.
KIT - KAIROS ITALY THEATER is internationally recognized as the Italian Theater Company in New York. 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 dozens of performances and events over the years.