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History & Politics, Literature, Theater & Dance

Contemporary Theater by Italians of African Descent

Reading of "The Foreigner's Smile," a play by Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy

February 16, 2024
6:00 pm

Part of the series Black Italia

In collaboration with KIT – Kairos Italy Theater

Panel Discussion
Contemporary Theater by Italians of African Descent
The Playwrights, the Stories, the Challenges

A panel discussion and reading of excerpts of plays by Italians of African descent.

Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy, playwright, The Foreigner’s Smile
Margherita Laera, translator, University of Kent
Elena Bellina, NYU
Isabella Livorni, NYU
Laura Caparrotti, Artistic Director, KIT – Kairos Italy Theater

followed by:

The Foreigner’s Smile

A play by
Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy

Translated from Italian to English by
Margherita Laera, University of Kent

Directed by
Phillip Christian Smith

DJ Davis (Raoul)
Camron Chapple (Vikram)
Purva Bedi (Mother)
Nasser Metcalfe (Father)
Giulia Cowie (Laura)

Followed by a Q&A with the author


Black Italia is a series of events (book discussions, theatrical performances, film screenings, lectures) sponsored by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with NYU’s Department of Italian Studies. It aims to promote conversations on the intersections of race, identity and migration in Italy. Conceived in connection with courses taught in the Department of Italian Studies, Black Italia revisits the format launched by Casa Italiana’s Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia, held virtually during the pandemic, by bringing together artists and scholars in order to address questions about race and racialization across Italian history and its multifaceted diasporic geography.

Follow the panel discussion live here (the reading will not be streamed live):