Dirty Paki Lingerie

“Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America”
-The Wall Street Journal

“Fatima transforms effortlessly from character to character”
-The Huffington Post

“Shatters stereotypes and forges new cross cultural understanding”

“Fatima is a gifted performer who is refreshingly assertive and challenges stereotypes…See this production.”

Sex, religion and politics collide as six Pakistani-American Muslim women air their dirty lingerie…

Dirty Paki Lingerie first premiered in NYC at the Midtown International Theater Festival in 2011 where it had a sold out run. The play has had sold out performances in Toronto, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and most recently in Pakistan.

“In a time when Muslims in America are constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons, I wanted to create a play to show that the Muslim-American community is not a monolith in thought or practice. I am thrilled to have my first play about Muslim-Americans at The Flea” says Aizzah Fatima

Playwright/Performer Bio:
Aizzah Fatima is a member of The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea Theater. She has performed in #serials@theflea. Other theatre credits include Circumcaedere (LABrynth Ensemble), Play by Play: Rendez-Vous (Stageworks Hudson), Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (Abingdon Theatre, NYC), Seven by Anna Deavere Smith, Ruth Margraff, Catherine Filloux, Carol K. Mack, Paula Cizmar, Gail Kriegel, and Susan Yankowitz, (Hostos Cultural Arts Center, NYC), the interactive musical Bollywood Wedding, and Ripe for the Picking, an original ensemble piece about human rights violations around the world. She can be seen on the hit Pakistani TV series Mata-e-jaan on HUM TV, which was directed by the acclaimed Mehreen Jabbar. Other TV credits include: The Good Wife (CBS), Patrice O’Neal’s Guide to White People (Comedy Central), Food Detectives with Ted Allen (Food Network), and Cinematherapy with comedian Chuck Nice (WEtv). She also co-stars in the webseries Mumbai Chopra (www.mumbaichopra.com). Aizzah has performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and appeared in sketches for collegehumor.com. She recently wrote and starred in her first short film Stuff with Annette O’Toole, and is working on a feature film script based on characters from Dirty Paki Lingerie. More information at www.AizzahFatima.com.

Director’s bio:
Erica Gould’s directing credits include the world premieres of Neil LaBute’s plays autobahn and Stand Up (w/ Mos Def), SpeakEasy (Joe’s Pub/Public Theater), Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMF), More Between Heaven and Earth w/ Matthew Modine, Melissa Errico, Kathleen Chalfant (Salon/Sanctuary), What Light From Darkness Grows w/ Phylicia Rashad and Harry Lennix (NPR—Gracie Allen Award), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq by Rajiv Joseph, Jose Rivera, others (Bleecker Street Theater), and previous incarnations of Dirty Paki Lingerie (Edinburgh, Toronto, Cherry Lane). Most recently, she directed and choreographed the fights for On Point: From Sword Fight to Pas de Deux, a new dance-theatre piece developed in collaboration with the New York City Ballet’s Jared Angle & Megan LeCrone exploring the shared origins of Classical Ballet and Sword Fighting (Salon/Sanctuary). Erica has directed and fight-choreographed numerous productions of Shakespeare, and Jacobean and Restoration playwrights, including Troilus and Cressida (NY Stage & Film), The Rover (The New School), The Comedy of Errors (Hudson Guild), The Tempest (Fordham), and As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre ACA). Erica serves on the Fight Steering Committee of the SDC, and was recently a featured speaker, along with Rick Sordelet, for the SDCF/American Theatre Wing Masters of the Stage panel on Physical Staging and Fight Direction (available as a podcast at americantheatrewing.org). Teaching: Yale, NYU, Fordham, Pace, Bard, NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and the O’Neill National Theatre Institute.