ABOUT THE SHOW
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.
TIME OUT NY 5 stars: By Adam Feldman
All five of the play’s characters—they span a range of age, accents and genders—are wondrously portrayed by Mehta. Honour seems to stare back at us, as though to ask, “Hey, American, does this make you uncomfortable?” You bet it does, and we’re the better for it.
Theater is Easy: by Anthony Calamunci
While by no means does Dipti Mehta’s one-woman show shy away from the more brutal aspects of its story, it also reveals itself to be full of life, humor, and beauty. This is the show’s great triumph.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dipti Mehta (Playwright/Performer) is an actor and a playwright originally from Mumbai, India now based in New York City. She has been an artist from a very young age. When she was in 4th grade she cast, acted and directed in a play for her class. She was too young to know then, but she had found her passion, her home. Stage to her became a calling, much more then just a place to perform. Growing up in a patriarchal culture Dipti understood very quickly that she needed to be the voice for women. Being an artist was her way to do so. Besides doing theater she became a radio jockey for All India Radio, FM and also hosted live and televised shows in India. She firmly believes that artists can bring about lasting change and transformation of the society. Her work continues to be driven by stories that are of huge social significance. She is also a scientist and an entrepreneur. Her TV credits include The Blacklist (NBC), Golden Boy (CBS), One Life to Live (HuLu), Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall (Investigation Discovery). Film credits include Humor Me, Split, Far Away, Namita, I Dream of Hope, Penumbra (Cannes Short Film Corner), Yaatra (5 Nominations, 1 Award), A box came to Brooklyn, Life! Camera Action (11 nominations, 3 Awards), A good life, Walkaway, Mamarosh, Red Corvette, Victory, Colors of Passion, and Summer of 2007. Theater credits include Half Hearted (Cherry Lane Theater), Grahan…the Eclipse (4 Awards), Nishfal (2 Awards), Get Back, Vagina Monologues, and Bollywood Wedding. Dipti won a Best Actress Award at the 2015 South Asian International Performing Arts Festival and was nominated for Best Actress and Best Director at the Strawberry One-Act Festival. www.diptimehta.com
Mark Cirnigliaro (Director) has been working as a professional actor, director and coach for the last 16 years in New York City and the surrounding area. As an actor, he studied with the famed William Esper at William Epser Studios. Mark has appeared on One Life to Live, As the World Turns,Guiding Light, All My Children and 30 Rock as well as the independent features, The Project, Absolute Trust, Loveless and Wildlike. Mark has won the Samuel French Competition twice with The King and The Condemned by Larry Brenner (Actor) and Mountain Song by Josh Beerman (Director). He was nominated for Best Director at the Wonderland One-Act Festival and was the only male director with an official selection at Eve Enslers original V-Day UTVS Film Festival. Mark directed the first scholastic productions of Annie Baker's The Aliens and Rajiv Jospeh's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo as well as numerous world premiers, most notably The Hounds of War by Bill Holland (Broadwayworld.com "Must See"), The Little Princess by Jennifer Bowen (June Havoc Theatre), The Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria (INTAR Theatre) and Honour by Dipti Mehta (Urban Stages). Mark is the Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre, a company member of InViolet Theatre and co-founder of Wee Man Productions. He is currently an adjunct theatre professor at Nassau Community College and Hudson County Community College. Mark graduated Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with his MFA in Directing, earning the Dean John I Bettenbender Award for Artistic Excellence. www.markdirects.com