ON STAGE! FESTIVAL

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After the six-year experience of the Italian theater festival in New York, InScena!, Italy will host the OnStage! Festival exclusively in Rome. The festival will be an exhibition in the original language that aims at spreading the American culture through “intimate” and effective meetings with theater, and at building a permanent dialogue between the two countries, through a dedicated professional network.

The week long festival will take place from January 21st to 27th 2019 and includes 6 performances directly from the United States. Among the 6 performances, there is a show by an established artist, whose very specific work has come to the Off Broadway scene, while still maintaining his independence from the commercial theater scene; four shows which were selected by Off Off Broadway companies through a call; and a dance show, which is the synthesis of three works by an emerging but awarded dance company.

The chosen shows, which deal with topical issues in the USA and in the Western world by using different theatrical languages, will be presented at Off Off Theater in the original language with Italian supertitles. The translations were created in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Roma Tre. Each show will be followed by a meeting with the companies, to give the public the opportunity to directly engage foreign artists in Italy. Among the selected topics there are the uncontrolled spread of weapons, cultural integration, bullying, and gender discrimination.

To add on to the shows, there will be some readings aimed at raising awareness of two different drama development projects through some texts that are spreading thanks to them. The two projects are the Cherry Lane Mentor Project and the American Playwrights Project: The first one was established over 20 years ago, it won the Obie Award and it supports the new American drama; the latter was created by Valeria Orani and supports the spread of contemporary American drama in Italy. The American Playwrights Project is produced by 369gradi in collaboration with American University of Rome, and edited by Umanism NY, and Martin E. Seagal Theater Center – CUNY Graduate Center.

Furthermore, Teatro di Villa Torlonia will host the awarding ceremony of the first edition of the OnStage Drama Award to the playwriting, which rewards an unpublished US text with an Italian translation and a presentation in the form of a reading.

The festival will open with a performance which will star a VIP artist whose particular independent theater work arrived at the Off Broadway scene, proceeded by a masterclass for professionals. His name, along with the full program of the festival that includes concerts and themed meetings, will be announced in the coming weeks.

OnStage! is above all a moment of intercultural meetings conceived to transmit and spread the American contemporary theater – from playwriting to performances in the original language – and allow a multigenerational and not only professional public, but a lively interaction with contemporary companies.

OnStage! Festival is an initiative promoted by KIT Italia (Rome), The International Theater (Rome) and Kairos Italy Theater (New York), in collaboration with MTHI.
The initiative is organized under the patronage of the United States Embassy in Italy and in partnership with:University of Rome 3 (Department of Literature and Philosophy Communication), Fondazione Roma Tre Teatro Palladium, Theater of Rome, DAMS – Discipline Arts Music and Entertainment, Theater Academy and Performing Arts Stap Brancaccio, Action Theater, Cherry Lane Theater Mentor Project, American Playwrights Project.
Technical partners: Camera42, CS Graphic Design, We The Italians
The festival is twinned with INSCENA! Italian Theater Festival New York

THE PROGRAM

MONDAY 21 JANUARY

OFF OFF THEATER

8.30 pm
> SHOW
CRY HAVOC
Written and performed by Stephan Wolfert
Directed by Eric Tucker
With materials by William Shakespeare
Donatella Codonesu Translation

– A dazzling encounter between the theater and life of a veteran –

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY

OFF OFF THEATER

6:45 PM
> MEETING
Weapons: why, for whom

21:00 hours
> SHOW
SHOOTER
Of Sam Graber
Directed by Katrin Hilbe
With Ean Sheehy, Ian Gould, David Perez-Ribada, Michael Gnat, Nicholas-Tyler Corbin
Manufactured by ManyTracks Inc.
Valerio Soldà * Translation

– Are the weapons the danger, or the men who hold them? –

WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY

OFF OFF THEATER

HOURS 17:00
> SHOW
CRY HAVOC
Written and performed by Stephan Wolfert
Directed by Eric Tucker
With materials by William Shakespeare
Donatella Codonesu Translation

– The dazzling encounter between the theater and life of a war veteran –


6:45 PM
MEETING
Cultural integration
In collaboration with Associazione Nuova Diversità

21:00 hours
> SHOW
DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE
By and with Aizzah Fatima
Dramaturg Cobina Gillitt
Directed by Erica Gould
Translation Alessandra Porcù *

– Sex, religion and politics collided while you are Muslim waving your lingerie –


THURSDAY 24 JANUARY

OFF OFF THEATER

HOURS 17:00
> READING
American Playwrights Project
(a project by Valeria Orani, produced by 369grades in collaboration with American University of Rome and curated by Umanism NY and Martin E. Seagal Theater Center – CUNY Graduate Center)
When January Feels Like Summer
by Cori Thomas
Valentina Rapetti Translation

6:45 PM
> MEETING
Women; Science and Equality
In collaboration with Associazione DonneScienza

21:00 hours
> SHOW
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
Written and performed by Heather Massie
Directed by Blake Walton
Mariangela Paone Translation *

– The true story of a glamorous Hollywood icon genius of science –


FRIDAY 25th JANUARY

VILLA TORLONIA THEATER

at 17:00
> READING
Onstage Award 1st edition
  The Girlfriend of Leland Frankel, Daph Mereu translation


OFF OFF THEATER

HOURS 19:00
> SHOW
lured
By Frank J. Avella
Directed by Frank J. Avella and Carlotta Brentan
With Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino, Cali Gilman, Kalen J. Hall, Marc Lombardo, David Joseph Volino and Carlotta Brentan
Michela Compagnoni Translation

– Viral violence: bullying and discrimination from news to social media –

22:00
> CONCERT
Sara Berni Blues Band
Sara Berni (voice) – Egidio Marchitelli (guitars) – Muzio Marcellini (keyboards) – Mimmo Catanzariti (bass) – Gianni Polimeni (drums)


SATURDAY 26 JANUARY

ARGENTINA THEATER – Sala Squarzina

HOURS 17:00
> READING
Cherry Lane Mentor Project
   – The Siblings Play by Ren Dara Santiago, translation by Michela Compagnoni *
   – A Patron Of The Arts by Kate Coresi, translation by Annachiara Rigillo *

OFF OFF THEATER

6:45 PM
> MEETING
I hate anti-LGTBI
In collaboration with Associazione Certi Diritti, Circolo Mario Mieli


21:00 hours
> SHOW
lured
By Frank J. Avella
Directed by Frank J. Avella and Carlotta Brentan
With Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino, Cali Gilman, Kalen J. Hall, Marc Lombardo, David Joseph Volino and Carlotta Brentan
Michela Compagnoni Translation *


SUNDAY 27 JANUARY

OFF OFF THEATER

HOURS 17:00
> SHOW
EPT – A Collection of Works
Emotions Physical Theater Company
Choreographer Shawn Rawls

– Dancing in search of happiness –


8.30 pm
> CONCERT
Piji ElectroSwing Project
Piji (voice, guitar manouche), Gian Piero Lo Piccolo (clarinet), Egidio Marchitelli (live electronics & electric guitar), Francesco Saverio Capo (bass), Andy Bartolucci (drums)


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Readings in Italian.
Shows in English with surtitles.
* Translations produced in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures of the University of Roma Tre.

For more info: www.onstagefestival.it

Info: info@onstagefestival.it
Reservations and pre-sale tickets: Off-Off Theatre, box office Via Giulia, 20 – Phone +39.06.89239515 – off-offtheatre.com

Elisabetta Castiglioni