Saturdays 11:30am-12:00pm, DOWNSTAIRS THEATRE

Panelists:  Aya Aziz, Dominique Fishback and Dipti Mehta

Moderator: Arpita Mukherjee

Is it just me? From conception to rehearsal to touring, these solo show creators and performers discuss the politics of making a one-person show. The pitfalls and advantages of working within the form and surprise: the collaborators needed to make a successful production. Each solo show artist has had his or her own unique journey and future solo show creators will be able to learn some valuable lessons about the process of creating one.

Aya Aziz: 

Winner of Outstanding Book and Best Individual Performer at the New York Musical Festival for her runaway hit solo musical "Eh Dah? Questions for my Father," Aya Aziz is a performance artist and songwriter based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. She is a graduate of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and a longtime member of and current teaching artist for the feminist theater ensemble Girl Be Heard. Sitting Regal by the Window is her first full production and has been featured in the Fringe and Planet Connections Theater Festival in New York as well as at the Metro Al-Madina cabaret theater in Beirut, Lebanon where the show was first produced. When Aya isn't preparing for a show, studying, or guiding middle-schoolers in the writing and performing of their stories she is probably playing her music at a local restaurant or coffee shop in the city. You can follow her work on and

Dominique Fishback: 

Dominique Fishback is a TV, Film, Stage actress and Poet from Brooklyn, East NY. Selected TV credits: HBO's "Show me a hero"(Billie Rowan), :The Affair","Royal Pains" and most recently, her first series regular role on HBO's "The Deuce"( Darlene). Theater: original work for Girl be heard including with the United Nation and tours to England, Switzerland, The White House, The Chicago theater, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Texas She is also the writer and performer of her own original  one woman show, Subverted, which was nominated for an innovative theater awards for Outstanding solo performance.  @domfishback

Dipti Mehta: 

Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta’s new solo-show, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan comes to The TAMASHA Festival in September. Dipti, who was born and raised in Mumbai and currently resides in New Jersey, also stars in the show. She has numerous film and television credits including The Blacklist (NBC), and The Golden Boy (CBS). In addition to acting and writing, she also holds a Ph. D in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in prostate cancer research. The play is directed and dramaturged by Mark Cirnigliaro who has worked extensively in theatre for the past 16 years. Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of The Hounds of War by Bill Holland which Broadway World called, “A must see,” and the critically acclaimed production of The Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria for INTAR Theatre. Visit India's red light district and meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. A fun and poignant look at the exotic, dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a testament to survival and pride. A mother’s gift to her only daughter. “Memoirs of Geisha” meets “Slumdog Millionaire” meets Indian epic “Mahabharata” in this dark tale of pursuit of truth in modern day Mumbai.

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