Aizzah Fatima to Headline The Lady Liberty Theater Festival at Urban Stages
Good Works Productions, in association with Aizzah Fatima, presents the premiere of The Lady Liberty Theater Festival, featuring Aizzah Fatima's critically-acclaimed solo show Dirty Paki Lingerie, presented alongside two short plays by Monica Bauer: Lady Liberty's Worst Day Ever and No Irish Need Apply.
The three week limited engagement will take place at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001) from Wednesday, September 7th through Sunday, September 25th, 2016. On Sunday, September 11th, 2016 the festival will present a day of free staged readings that focus on the Muslim experience in America. Tickets range from $15.00 - $30.00, for more information visit www.ladylibertytheaterfestival.com.
The Lady Liberty Theater Festival presents a trio of exciting immigration short plays aimed at curing the disease of Islamophobia in America, tied together by the ideals represented in the Statue of Liberty.
Dirty Paki Lingerie by Aizzah Fatima, directed by Erica Gould, interweaves the stories of six American-Muslim women, aged 6 to 65, all portrayed by Fatima in a virtuosic performance. Drawing from real-life incidents and one-on-one interviews with Pakistani-American women.
Joining Dirty Paki Lingerie are two shorts by award-winning playwright Monica Bauer, directed by Cheryl King: Lady Liberty's Worst Day Ever, starring Frances McGarry as the Statue of Liberty, and J. Dolan Byrnes as her agent, Vinnie. He breaks the news to Lady Liberty that she's been purchased by Donald Trump, and is going to be rebranded as the Trump Statue of Liberty. Watch her fight back!; and No Irish Need Apply (recently seen at The Kennedy Center in DC, and the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan), starring Ali Andre Ali as a Syrian refugee looking for a job in Queens, and Frances McGarry as Joan Fitzgerald, a crusty old woman who needs help running her bodega.
The Lady Liberty Theater Festival will also include back to back free staged readings on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Confirmed readings include What They Heard by Mona Mansour, directed by Kareem Fahmy; The Higher Education of Khalid Amir and Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip by Monica Bauer, directed by Glory Kadigan. The readings are free but donations will be collected on behalf of the International Rescue Committee for their work with Syrian refugees.
For schedule information and full line up visit www.ladylibertytheaterfestival.com.
The Lady Liberty Theater Festival plays the following schedule through September 25th**: Wednesdays at 8:00 pm; Thursdays at 8:00 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
Tickets range from $15.00 -$30.00, for more information visit www.ladylibertytheaterfestival.com.
**Schedule Exceptions: On Sunday, September 11th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm the festival will present various staged readings. On this day there will be no performances of Dirty Paki Lingerie, Lady Liberty's Worst Day or No Irish Need Apply. There will no performances on Friday, September 16th.