October 22, 2019

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A satirical, behind-the-scenes sister-story to Puccini's Tosca as imagined by one of the wittiest and most admired Italian playwright and actress, Franca ValeriTosca and the two downstairs is directed by Laura Caparrotti, Artistic Director of KIT, and its English translation is by Natasha Lardera.

The play was acted by Laura Caparrotti and Marta Mondelli in Italian with English supertitles by the prestigious Prescott Studio in Italy. KIT-Kairos Italy Theater is a rarity: a bilingual Italian-English theater company that presents Italian theatrical works of literary merit. It is named for Kairos, the Greek god of the fleeting moment.

This program was organized under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and in collaboration with NYU DC as part of the 19th Week of Italian Language in the World, an event promoted yearly by the Italian diplomatic and cultural network to foster the diffusion and study of the Italian language in the world.

Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.

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About the President/Artistic Director/Actress

Laura Caparrotti

Laura Caparrotti

Laura Caparrotti was born in Rome and she has a degree in Performing Arts from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy. She also studied
independently with Dario Fo, Annie Girardot and Elsa Wolliaston,
among others. In Italy she performed with Giancarlo Cobelli, Mario
Carotenuto, The Teatro Stabile di Torino, and many others for over
ten years. In New York Laura performed at The Kitchen with the
Japanese company OM2 and in The Cosmic Legends Series.
She is the curator of “Excerpts of a Prince named Totò” and she
continues working and touring as representative of the de Curtis
Family, as an actress, a voice over talent, a director, a Theater & Italian teacher, a lecturer, a consultant, doing all of that as President and Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater Inc with the ultimate goal of spreading the Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and grow the knowledge of Italy in the States, and vice versa.

About Franca Valeri

Franca Valeri was born in Milan in 1920. She is the first female comic actress and satiric playwright to enjoy steady success from the 1950s to today. Her unforgettable "women"--above all the "Signorina Snob," the satirical portrait of a rich girl from Milan--made her very popular in the 50s. During a career that, despite the age, showed no signs of slowing down, Ms. Valeri has worked in about 53 films with the most famous Italian directors and actors. In addition, she has written several screenplays and plays. Ms. Valeri is also an Opera connoisseur who has directed several operas and founded a competition for young Opera singers.  

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KIT’s mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil the artistic and creative sides of each country, with special focus on Italy and the US. In the United States, Kairos Italy Theater is primarily dedicated to spreading Italian Culture and to creating a Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italian and International culture, and to support and encourage collaboration between artists world-wide.

  • Embracing: seeking to understand the “other” in order to discover differences and similarities
  • Collaborative: sharing experiences and learning from each other in order to create something
  • International: promoting art without boundaries and not grounded in stereotypes

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The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC (IIC) is an official organization of the Italian Government dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States. It is part of a network that includes over 80 cultural institutes worldwide. Since its founding in 1980, the IIC acts as a lively bridge between Italy and the United States, and as a reference point for the best in Italian art, cinema, music, theatre, design, and performances in the DC metro area.