BEVERLY, MA – Larcom Theatre announced that it is bringing award-winning actress Dipti Mehta’s acclaimed show HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan to Beverly, MA, on Oct. 7.
HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan visits India’s red-light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home.
A fun and poignant look at the dangerous life of Mumbai’s real-life brothels and why they exist. HONOUR, a deeply moving coming of age story of a girl in a brothel, depicts a child’s life pushed to the brink. Will she escape her circumstances and fate?
It is a two-performance event, hitting the stage Saturday, October 7th at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Doors open at 1:00 PM for the first performance and 7:00 PM for the second. Located at the historic Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street, Downtown Beverly, MA. Tickets are on sale now starting at $22. Presented by Cornerstone Productions, Inc.
You can join Dipti in this great cause to end the horrific exploitation of children and become mesmerized by her powerful performance. HONOUR creates awareness for and supports ApneAap, a grassroots organization dedicated to end sex trafficking in India. Proceeds from this event will be donated to support ApneAap.
Dipti discovered the power of theater at the young age of 6 in Mumbai, India when she was first cast in a school play. This marked the beginning of her acting career, though she was yet unaware that she had indeed discovered her calling.
When she was 13, an All India Radio (AIR) programming officer spotted Dipti at an elocution competition and offered her an opportunity to write and broadcast her ideas. It was here Dipti found a platform to express her developing feminist ideas, and also where she eventually became a radio jockey on FM at AIR, as well as a voice over artist and a live host for major events.
Dipti has trained for 4 years in North Indian classical music and has received extensive training in Bharatnatyam and Kathak the two distinct classical styles of dancing. She has a Doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works as a research scientist in the field of prostate cancer.
Dipti believes theater is a powerful means for social transformation. Central to her artistic practice is the need to give voice to those who have none. It is in this light that she created HONOUR as an attempt to give voice and a face to brothel dwellers bringing their humanity to encounter that of her audiences.
HONOUR in particular has made Dipti a sought-after speaker both as a feminist and an advocate of women’s rights. She has been on anti-sex trafficking panels with FBI agent Mara Schneider; writer and social worker Stuart Perrin; law professor Gloria Brown Marshal; and with groups like ECPAT and AF3IRM.
TV credits include Shades of Blue (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC), Golden Boy (CBS), Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall (Investigation Discovery), One Life to Live, Hum-Tum (ZEE NEXT), and Yoga for you (ZEE International). Film credits include Accommodations, Humor Me, Split, I Dream of Hope, Midnight Delight, Far Away, Penumbra (Cannes Short Film Corner), A box came to Brooklyn, Life! Camera Action (Winner- 11 nominations and 3 awards), A good life, Walkaway, Mamarosh, Red Corvette, Victory, Colors of Passion, and Summer of 2007. Theater credits include A Muslim in The Midst (Yale), Girl #2 (TBTB), Half Hearted (Cherry Lane Theater), Grahan…the Eclipse (Winner – 4 awards), Nishfal (Winner-2 awards), Get Back (68 Cents), Vagina Monologues (Abingdon Theater) and Bollywood Wedding.
The Larcom Theatre is a beautiful and historic multipurpose theatre in Downtown Beverly. Located just off Cabot Street, the Larcom is often referred to as “the North Shore’s hidden gem.” Built in 1912, this 560-seat restored theatre known for its’ amazing acoustics, will take you back in time.
To learn more visit www.thelarcom.org/honour , or call at 978.922.6313.