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Italian Playwrights Project - Marco Martinelli



Italian Playwrights Project - Marco Martinelli

The Italian Playwrights Project has been created and curated by Valeria Orani (Umanism NYC – 369gradi) and Frank Hentschker (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center – Graduate Center CUNY). The project’s goal is to disseminate Italian contemporary writing for the theater in the USA and vice versa. This second edition is dedicated to playwright and director, Marco Martinelli, who founded the Teatro delle Albe (1983) with Ermanna Montanari.

In 2017 Teatro delle Albe started to follow an artistic path whose objective was to transfer the Divina Commedia, the Italian masterpiece which triggered the start of the Italian language and literature on stage. This is a sort of “double” appointment with Marco Martinelli’s work and with the re-interpretation of Dante through some of his original poems “Fedeli d’Amore” , Inferno tercets and with the experimental act of Divina Commedia in Kibera, in one of Africa’s largest slums on the outskirts of Nairobi, played by 140 children and teen agers directed by Marco Montanari.


Thursday,  December, 13 2018 at 6:30PM

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

The Downstairs

66 E 4th Street, NY, NY 10003

La Mama Presents Teatro delle Albe

Artist Talk with the author Marco Martinelli. Conversation moderated by Frank Hentschker, readings from Teatro delle Albe’s latest production Fedeli d’Amore by award-winning actor Rocco Sisto (in English) and a short mise-en-espace from the same play performed by Ermanna Montanari (in Italian -English supertitles).



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Friday, December, 14 2018 at 6:30PM

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

“Cantiere Dante” (Building Dante)

Teatro delle Albe and Dante Alighieri: a conversational retrospective among Marco Martinelli, Ermanna Montanari, and journalist and author Federico Rampini.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

24 W 12th Street, New York, NY 10011





Marco Martinelli, playwright and director, founded, in 1983 with Ermanna Montanari, the Teatro delle Albe, that has become one of the most important Italian contemporary theatrical companies. Martinelli has been presented with numerous awards including: five Ubu Awards; the Drammaturgia In/Finita Award; the Hystrio Prize; the Golden Laurel-international Mess Festival in Sarajevo; and the Award for Career Achievement- international festival Journées théâtrales de Carthage. His works have been published and produced in Italy, France (selected by the European projects on contemporary playwriting Face à Face and Fabulamundi), Belgium, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Chile, Brazil and the United States (translated in English by Thomas Simpson).

Ermanna Montanari, actress, author and set designer, is Teatro delle Albe’s co-founder and artistic director. For her work, and in particular for her extraordinary vocal and musical research, she has been awarded prestigious acknowledgements including: three Ubu Awards, the Golden Laurel-international Mess Festival in Sarajevo; the Lo straniero Prize-dedicated to the memory of Carmelo Bene; the Eleonora Duse Prize, and the Prize of the Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro.


Date: Da Thursday, December 13, 2018 a Friday, December 14, 2018

Organized by : Italian Playwrights Project

In collaboration with : ICI

Entrance : Free