Italian & American Playwrights Project presented the selected Italian Playwrights livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 14 December 2020 at 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).
The selected authors and plays for the third edition of the Italian & American Playwrights Project includes:
Mimosa Campironi - Family Game
Mariano Dammacco - Good Education
Gabriele Di Luca - Metropolitan Miracles
Tatjana Motta - White Night
The Advisory Board of the selected plays includes:
Akiba Abaka, Creative Producer, ArtsEmerson, USA
Patrizia Acerra, Director, International Voices Project, Chicago
Soraya Broukhim, Actress/Director, New York
Marvin Carlson, Theater Historian, City University of New York
Anne Cattaneo, Dramaturg, Lincoln Center Theater
Thomas Haskell Simpson, Translator, Northwestern University (retd.), USA
Frank Hentschker, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
Andie Lerner, Director, Next Generation Fellow, Segal Theatre Center, New York
Daniel Leisawitz, Italian Studies Program, Muhlenberg College, USA
Kate Loewald/Charlene Adhiambo, The Play Company, New York
Helen Shaw, theatre critic, New York Magazine / Vulture, New York
Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Al Mimite Theatre Collective / The Living Theater, New York
IAPP partners with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and Radio3.
IAPP also announces the book NEW PLAYS FROM ITALY vol.3 is available for pre-order for $30 at their website here. NEW PLAYS FROM ITALY vol.3 (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications - 2019) includes:
Event Horizon by Elisa Casseri (translated by Adriana Rossetto)
Olga is stuck in a studio apartment, she cannot figure out what has happened, she only knows that she cannot escape. When she tries to open one of the doors on the wall, she immediately comes back from another one and continues to stay there. Marco is her boyfriend but sometimes he isn’t, her father is alive but later dead, her mother left when she was a little girl but she is suddenly back. Olga struggles to understand and does not know what reality is and what she can do to change what happened and what didn’t happen. She cannot surrender to the real time, to past events, to those journeys into a grief which is too true to be science fiction.
My Hero by Giuliana Musso (translated by Patricia Gaborik)
My Hero is made up of three distinct monologues. Three mothers of as many Italian soldiers who took part in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan during the years 2008-2010. The three women are very different from each other for social extraction, geographic origin, cultural level and personality, but they share the experience of having a soldier’s son. Characters are inspired by existing people and real-life events.
A Notebook for Winter by Armando Pirozzi (translated by Adriana Rossetto)
A Notebook for Winter is a two-actor-piece which in three acts and tells the story of an introvert professor of literature who finds a burglar on his way back home. The knife-wielding burglar wants something unexpected from him: it is a question of life or death.
The Great Walk by Fabrizio Sinisi (translated by Thomas Haskell Simpson)
The president of the International Monetary Fund, Frederic Jean-Paul, is arrested and kept in an anonymous New York police station: he’s accused of sexual violence inflicted on a waitress. His two bizarre jailers, Donald and Frank, have been ordered to guard the prisoner until the following morning, when he will be brought to a safer location. However, things don’t go as planned.
NEW PLAYS FROM ITALY vol.3 is edited by Frank Hentschker with Valeria Orani and has been translated thanks to a grant by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
About Italian & American Playwrights Project
The Italian and American Playwrights Project(IAPP) has been curated by New York-based Umanism’sdirector and Italian enterprise 369gradi’sArtistic Director Valeria Orani. With the support of Frank Hentschker, the director of the Martin E.Segal Theatre Center (Graduate Center City University of New York), IAPP aims to foster contemporary creative writing following a binary model (Italian theatre in the USA and American theatre in Italy). By doing so, IAPP adds continuity to a relationship developed between the two countries over the last thirty years. Click here for more information.