Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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Have you seen your "Dirty Paki Lingerie?"

Dirty Paki Lingerie is a solo show written and performed by Aizzah Fatima. In this touching, hilarious and endlessly illuminating series of interactions, six Pakistani-American females air their dirty lingerie while struggling to find their place at the chaotic juncture of two very different cultures.  The show, directed by Erica Gould, premieres July 16th at The Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City.

Dirty Paki Lingerie aims to make women wearing head scarves sexy, and arranged marriages acceptable.  It shatters the stereotypes of Muslims as being terrorists, or of Muslim women as being oppressed.  The montages presented give a dynamic look into the Muslim experience in America, and ask such vital questions as, “Is it halal to wear sexy lingerie for your future husband?” and “How much sexting is too much sexting?”

The playwright, and performer Aizzah Fatima explains why this show is close to her heart, “I started writing this show because I wanted to create a positive image of Muslims.  I soon realized I would settle for any image other than a terrorist because that is all we saw Muslims as being portrayed in the media in recent years.  I wanted to show people how we are just like everyone else by showing them a different side of the Pakistani American community that they don’t usually get to see.”

Dirty Paki Lingerie offers a peak into the lives of the, often misunderstood, Pakistani-American community.  Aizzah sets out to dispel the myths about Muslim females,

“We have the same concerns as everyone else.  We too have over-bearing mothers who want us to  produce grandchildren for them.”

This show is set in a post 9/11 America.  Storylines include: the sixty-five year old Asma who is trying to arrange her daughter’s marriage by finding a potential suitor in the Urdu Times newspaper, the shy and socially awkward Ameera who is attempting online dating, and the college-aged hijabi, Samira, who is an outspoken Muslim feminist.

The performance schedule at the festival is as follows:

Saturday, July 16  at 2pm

Thursday, July 21 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, July 27  at 6:15pm

Thursday, July 28  at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 30  at 8pm

Get your tickets now: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/834755