By Alberto Bassetti

Translated by Carlotta Brentan

Directed by Laura Caparrotti

Assistant Director Ilaria Amadasi

In collaboration with Kairos Italy Theater

Two men are negotiating the sale of an old theater. The buyer, a clearly corrupted theater entrepreneur, promises to restore it. Yet, actually, he intends to turn it into a supermarket. A strange actress appears, maybe a phantom of the theater, and saves the day.

The English version of Dealer of Souls was first presented as a reading during In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2013. This is the US premiere of the play.

Vito LaBella (Man) (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) Vito's professional theater career began at the age of 12 when he played the paperboy in Our Town. More recently, he has played Caesar in Julius Caesar, Creon in Antigone and the lead in a short play contest on Theater Row in the semi finalist play, Labor Pains. He's worked regional, stock and dinner theatre throughout the country, as well as in store fronts and lofts throughout the city. Love to his wife Kim, sons Dylan and Evan and daughter Morgan.

Francesco Andolfi (young man) is an Italian actor who's been working in NYC for more than five years. He has been classically trained at the Stella Adler Studio of acting. His favorite roles include, but not limited to, Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Ferdinand (The Tempest) and Orestes(Iphigenia in Tauris). He recently performed his own play at the Fringe Festival in Italy, and its success brought the chance to become a bi-continental actor.

Laura Caparrotti (director - Woman) has a Master degree in Performing Arts, Cinema and Theatre History from the University 'La Sapienza' in Rome. She also studied independently with Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and Annie Girardot. After ten years of professional theatre in Italy, she relocated to New York, where she has directed and/or performed at The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the cell, the Flea and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo', among other venues. She was the Assistant to the Director of the Off Broadway production of Eduardo De Filippo's Souls of Naples featuring John Turturro. She is the world-wide representative of the De Curtis Family, and the curator of Excerpts of a Prince Named Toto, the official traveling exhibition on the Italian iconic actor Toto. She is also a playwright, a journalist, a teacher, a lecturer, a consultant and dialect coach for Italian (Boardwalk Empire) a curator and a panelist for NYSCA. She is member of the Director's Lab at Lincoln Center, of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the League of Professional Theater Women and the Founding Artistic Director of Kairos Italy Theater, the Italian Theater Company in NY , in residence at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU. In 2013, Laura started In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Annual Italian Theater Festival to take place in all 5 NY Boroughs. Laura is a Lifetime Arts artist and the co-founder of the World Wide Lab, a collective of international directors working on collaborations. Nowadays Laura continues working and touring as Toto's representative, as an actress and voice over talent, a dialect coach, a director, a producer, a journalist, a teacher, a lecturer, a curator and a consultant.

ALBERTO BASSETTI (playwright)- Italian-born Bassetti is an award-winning and much-produced playwright in Italy, Spain, France Czech Republic, Croatia, Venezuela, Chile and Austria. His play The burrow has been staged in Italy and in Spain (1997 'Grec Festival' in Barcellona and tour) and France ('Theatre Nationale de la Colline' in Paris, italian festival). Soul Sellers has been presented at the Teatro di Roma, at the National Drama of Croatia, and in Prague at Narodni Divadlo in 2005, in both Italian and Czech versions; in 2012 The cage was selected by Burgtheater Kasino in Wien for the "Fine settimana italiano." His works have been featured in Festivals in Chile (Festival of European Drama) and Venezuela. In September 2005 his first movie Above and under the bridge (based on his Giuseppe Fava Prize winner play) opened at the World Film Festival of Montreal. He has also directed documentaries for the Italian national TV RAI. In 2012, his plays Two sisters and Two brothers were presented in New York at the Theater for the New City.

KIT- KAIROS ITALY THEATER (co-production) was founded in 2000 in New York. KIT's mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spreading the Italian Culture and to creating an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States. KIT has produced more than 40 performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off Broadway theaters and with US Institutions such as The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, the Abrons Art Center, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo' at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Dahesh Museum of Art, NY Hall of Science, the Flea Theatre, Theater for the New City, Montclair State University, Suffolk County Community College, the Bernie West Theater at Baruch College, the cell theatre among many others.

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November 12-29 2015

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