nytheatre.com q&a preview by Laura Caparrotti
October 12, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Producer, director, actor.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I don't recall a specific moment where I had 'the sign', I am told that when I was about 4 year-old, in Rome, Italy, where I am from, my mom heard me crying. She run into the room very worried... I was in front of a mirror rehearsing crying and laughing... my mom says that I have been a Diva since I was born! I guess it's true...
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
Brings four monologues completely unknown in the US to the NY stages; brings two versions of each monologues, one in English and one in Italian, acted by two different actresses with two different directions; introduces a great Italian author to the many who don't know him; presents great scripts, great characters and great stories.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I am the founder artistic director of Kairos Italy Theater, now the preeminent Italian theater company in NY, so I am always looking for great collaborators, better if they speak Italian (and English) and they understand the Italian culture. Most of the artists I work with are with the company for several years. Lucretia Moroni, the set designer, has been created our sets for many productions now, and she is simply amazing. A true artist! Marta Mondelli is my partner on stage since 2003, Natasha Lardera has translated already several plays for KIT. Ilaria Amadasi and Lucia Grillo were first friends and then co-workers. Amy Quint is a great addition brought to me by Ilaria: we were looking for one more actress who could speak Italian and one day Ilaria jumped in her chair and said 'what an idiot! I know a great actress' and she was right...
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I will open the first Italian theater in NY, fully devoted to Italian authors, Italian traditions, Italian artists, Italian culture. It's my dream and hopefully one day, waking in the streets of NY, you'll find a sign saying ' WELCOME TO THE TEATRO ITALIANO IN NY'.