9 Parts of Desire

Genre Drama
Playwright Heather Raffo
Other Credits
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
Setting/Staging Flexible Set; Flexible Casting

Short Synopsis

A portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical communist, doctors, exiles, wives and lovers. This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone that is Iraq. An unusually timely meditation on the ancient, the modern and the feminine in a country overshadowed by war. 9 PARTS OF DESIRE can be performed as a one-woman show or with a cast of three to nine women.

Winner of a 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation

and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show. "…a triumph…thrilling…an example of how art can remake the world…In this remarkable one-woman show, [Heather Raffo's] writing…is marked with wit and by a scrupulous attention to the details of character." —The New Yorker. "It brings us closer to the inner life of Iraq than a thousand slick-surfaced TV reports. Yet [Raffo's] beautifully shaped one-woman play is a play, not a stodgily earnest piece of documentary theater, and therein lies its singular force and compulsion: It is persuasive precisely because it is beautiful." —Wall Street Journal. "…powerful, impassioned, vivid, memorable…The voices are a study in contrasts: vivid and subdued, sophisticated and naïve, seductive and standoffish. But they cohere to form a powerful collective portrait of suffering and endurance." —NY Times. "The female half of Iraq has come to America." —Gloria Steinem.   

Casting Information

Total: 1
Male: 0
Female: 1

Rates and Fees

Royalty Fees

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