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History & Politics, Literature, Theater & Dance

POSTPONED: Contemporary Theater by Italians of African Descent

The Playwrights, the Stories, the Challenges

February 13, 2024
6:30 pm

Please note:

Due to the expected snowstorm, NYU has suspended all in person activity for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13. Therefore, we have moved the panel discussion Contemporary Theater by Italians of African Descent (originally scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13) to Friday, February 16, at 6:00pm, prior to the reading of The Foreigner’s Smile.


All existing RSVPs for both events will be considered valid for Friday, February 16, at 6:00pm.


We apologize for any inconvenience.




The Staff at Casa Italiana




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


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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.