Theater and Identity: A Discussion among Italian and Italian American Playwrights

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6pm. Free, open to the public, and held in person at the Calandra Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094. In Scena! presents an informal discussion among Italian and Italian American playwrights on the meaning and importance of identity in their work.

Guests: Tobia Rossi (Mario Fratti Award 2019), Luca Garello (Mario Fratti Award 2021), Frank J. Avella (playwright and screenwriter), Franco D’Alessandro (playwright), Joey Merlo (playwright), Francesca Spedalieri (translator and dramaturg). Moderator: Laura Caparrotti

During the event, Francesca Spedalieri will present the book mPalermu, Dancers, and Other Plays (Swan Isle Press, 2020), written by Emma Dante and translated by Francesca Spedalieri. Emma Dante’s lyrical storytelling stems from a visceral need to undertake an irreverent subversion of the status quo. The seven plays anthologized in the volume confront familial and societal realities in contemporary Southern Italy, oscillating between the humorous and the tragic aspects of everyday life to challenge stereotypes and question economic disparity and gender inequality.

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, 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. For info on the Festival go to

Registration is required for all events in order to follow current CUNY COVID guidelines. Proof of vaccination and ID are required upon entry. Masks are encouraged but not required. We will continue to assess the latest data and public health guidance and to act in compliance with CUNY protocols.

SOURCE: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

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