Is Krishna There? A Begum Akhtar Story

Solo Show · the fighting soprano productions · Ages 14+ · United States of America

Content Warning Multi-Lingual Performance one person show world premiere

It is 2018 in New York City. A young Lauren Curet is about to have the biggest audition of her life… Wait, that doesn’t seem right. It is Diwali 1949 in Lucknow, India. Begum Akhtar, at once the most famous Bollywood star in all of India, has gone from illustrious star to diligent, dutiful housewife. She has been away from the spotlight for eight years. On this Diwali, Begum has enlisted her mother to help set up for puja. The play begins with Lauren’s performance… I mean, a young Begum’s performance? In this exploration of the self, both Begum and Lauren will help each other find their way back to the light after being trapped in the darkness of their minds for a long time with the help of a television remote, passionate mothers, and music. There’s singing, dancing, and laughter, and hopefully, this show will make you want to call your mom afterward. You’ll have to see what happens in June 2023.

Production Team

lauren curet *

writer & performer

* Fringe Veteran