Venue, Dates Set for 'HONOUR' at FringeNYC

Venue, Dates Set for 'HONOUR' at FringeNYCAward-winning actress Dipti Mehta's new solo-show, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan comes to The 20th Annual New York Fringe Festival in August. 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 PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Sloan Kettering in cancer research.

The play is directed and dramaturged by Mark Cirnigliaro who recently directed the World Premiere of The Hounds of War by Bill Holland which Broadway World called, "A must see." Monica Kapoor, who performed on Broadway for 7 years in Mamma Mia, is serving as the choreographer. The production includes original and live music by the Indian band Rhythm Tolee.

HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is collaborating with Apne Aap, an Indian organization, doing grassroots work to end sex trafficking by organizing marginalized women into small self-empowerment groups, where they work collectively to access their legal, social, economic, and political rights. www.apneaap.org

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.

The creative team includes sound design by Matthew Bittner, lighting design by Jason Flamos, and costume consultant, Scott Westervelt.

Tickets are $18.00 and go on sale July 15th at fringenyc.org. Running time: 65 minutes. Performances take place at Venue #8, WOW Café Theatre, 59-61 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Ave.), 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Subways: B/D/F/M to Broadway Lafayette, F to 2nd Ave., N/R to 8th Street, 6 to Bleecker.

Show dates: Tuesday, August 16 @ 4:15 pm (followed by a talk back), Friday, August 19 @ 7:45 pm, Monday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm, Friday, August 26 @ 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 27 @ 5:00 pm.

More info is available at www.diptimehta.com and www.honourcmc.com.

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