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The Worth of Women: wherein is clearly revealed their nobility and superiority to men



The Worth of Women: wherein is clearly revealed their nobility and superiority to men


Seven women debate gender equality, the true worth of women and the responsibility of husbands, fathers, sons and lovers.

From a 1600 book written by a Venetian noblewoman.



BY Moderata Fonte | TRANSLATED BY Virginia Cox

DIRECTED BY Jay Stern in collaboration with Laura Caparrotti

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Erato Kremmida | LYRICS BY Maggie-Kate Coleman

STARRING: Carlotta Brentan, Laura Caparrotti, Tali Custer, Marta Mondelli,

Caterina Nonis, Irene Turri, and Annie Watkins



Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberated from prevailing codes of decorum as a courtesan might be, Pozzo was a respectable, married mother who produced literature in genres that were commonly considered "masculine"—the chivalric romance and the literary dialogue.

Published in 1600, The worth of women takes the form of the latter, with Fonte creating a conversation among seven Venetian noblewomen. The dialogue explores nearly every aspect of women's experience in both theoretical and practical terms.

These women, who differ in age and experience, take as their broad theme men's curious hostility toward women and possible cures for it.

Through this witty and ambitious work, Fonte seeks to elevate women's status to that of men, arguing that women have the same innate abilities as men and, when similarly educated, prove their equals. A fine example of Renaissance vernacular literature, this book is also a testament to the enduring issues that women face, including the attempt to reconcile femininity with ambition.


A Kairos Italy Theater production


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Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008

*The production is in English* 

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Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time. Ticket availability date subject to change.






KIT’s mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil the artistic and creative sides of each country, with special focus on Italy and the US. In the United States, Kairos Italy Theater is primarily dedicated to spreading Italian Culture and to creating a Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italian and International culture, and to support and encourage collaboration between artists world-wide.

  • Embracing: seeking to understand the “other” in order to discover differences and similarities
  • Collaborative: sharing experiences and learning from each other in order to create something universal
  • International: promoting art without boundaries and not grounded in stereotypes


President/Artistic Director

Born in Rome, has a degree in Performing Arts from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy. She also studied independently with Dario Fo (Nobel Prize for Literature 1997), Annie Girardot and Elsa Wolliaston, among others. In Italy she performed for over ten years in theater, with Giancarlo Cobelli, Mario Carotenuto, The Teatro Stabile di Torino, and many others. In New York Laura performed at The Kitchen with the Japanese company OM2 and in The Cosmic Legends Series. She directed and performed the following K.I.T. productions: at The Kitchen and at The Fringe Festival 1998 Black Paintings – a multi-media performance; Necklaces at the Abrons Art Center; Cabaret s’IL vous plait! (Series of comic sketches from the 50s to the present) and Una conversazione continuamente interrotta (adaptation of some excerpts by Ennio Flaiano). She was the guest curator in April 1998 at The Kitchen, for the Hybrid No 16th “No Peace Without Justice”, the co-curator of “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take” at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in February 2000, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in the States in the year 2003.

She is the curator of “Excerpts of a Prince named Totò”, a series of events – including an exhibition – on Toto’ touring worldwide. In television, she worked as a journalist as well as an actress. She’s the performing arts and arts correspondent for several publications (America Oggi-Oggi7, All about Jazz, Usitalia, Touch of chic, NY magazine Italia). She has developed a method called Theater&Italian for children and adults that she teaches in NY and in NJ as well as in Rome.

She works continuously as voice over talent and as monitor/consultant mostly for Italian language (National Commercials and Industrials). She is often invited to give lectures on theater and cinema; she has been also the US correspondent of some Italian Film Festival. Ms Caparrotti was part of the jury at the 2000 and the 2001 Avignon/New York Film Festival in Avignon, France, from 2003 to 2006 of the Brooklyn International Film Festival, as well as she was served as panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts.

She has directed and performed in Tosca e le altre due by Franca Valeri, The Papaleo Case – il Caso Papaleo by Ennio Flaiano (the first of a series that KIT has been dedicated to Ennio Flaiano’s theatre), in A, B, C a one-woman-show written by herself. She has also directed Philosophically Speaking by Eduardo De Filippo at the Bernie West Theatre in Manhattan; she is also the curator of the on-going exhibition Italians of Montclair, based on an Oral History Project about the Italian Immigration in Montclair, NJ. In 2005 she has been the assistant to the director in the Off Broadway Eduardo De Filippo’s Souls of Naples featuring John Turturro.

Nowadays Ms. Caparrotti continues working and touring as representative of the de Curtis Family, as an actress, a voice over talent, a director, a Theater&Italian teacher, a lecturer, a consultant, doing all of that as President and Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater Inc with the ultimate goal of spreading the Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and grow the knowledge of Italy in the States, and vice versa. In 2008, Ms. Caparrotti has started KIT in the city, a bi-lingual online news-magazine dedicated to cultural and every-day events in New York and Rome. Laura is a Member of the Lincon Center Director’s Lab and a member of its international sub-group WorldWideLab. She was recently an artist in residence at The Watermill Performance Center in Long Island (fall residency program). Since 2011 she is also Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with : KIT, Kairos Italy Theater

Entrance : Free


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