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History & Politics, Literature, Theater & Dance

Italo Calvino

A Storyteller for the Stage

November 30, 2023
5:00 pm

Zoom Lecture Series

On the Italian Stage is a series of encounters conceived and led by Laura Caparrotti (Artistic Director, Kairos Italy Theater) that journeys into the history of Italian theater to explore its language, and its contribution to Italian society and world theater.
Participation is free. RSVP is MANDATORY. The Zoom link will be provided on the day of the event.
Please note: Casa Italiana hosts but does not interfere with the programming choices of the lectures. For all information, please contact the coordinator of the lecture series, Laura Caparrotti, at

The final encounter of On the Italian Stage for 2023 is dedicated to author Italo Calvino (1923-1985) on the centenary of his birth. Calvino’s immensely creative mind provided extraordinary stories that were so theatrical in nature that they were often put on stage as solo shows, plays, and story-telling presentations. From Il barone rampante to Palomar, from Il visconte dimezzato to Le città invisibili and Lezioni Americane, Calvino is a central figure in contemporary Italian theater. This encounter will explore the major productions based on his works to discover how (and why!) they were adapted for the stage.