Nine Parts of Desire at Alwan

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Date/Time: 05/06/2004 12:00 am

Alwan for the Arts presents
Saturday, June 5th at 7pm
Nine Parts of Desire
by Heather Raffo
a solo play told through the lives of nine radical Iraqi women
“God created sexual desire in ten parts; then he gave nine parts to
women an one to men.” Heather Raffo brings to life Iraqi women:
artists, doctors, wives, exiles. Hear a society long silenced
finally speak. “But I am good at being naked – it’s what I do, in
Amir ElSaffar will open the show with Iraqi maqam on Santoor
16 Beaver 4th floor
in the Financial District btwn Broadway & Broad by the bull on B’way
subway: 4,5 Bowling Green N,R Whitehall
2,3 Wall Street J,M,Z Broad Street 1,9 South Ferry
see also: http://alwan.org/info
Nine Parts of Desire began at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. It
later moved to the Bush Theatre in London where critics hailed it one
of the five best plays in London. The central character is based on
an Iraqi painter known for her daring use of the female nude, and for
rumored affairs with men tied to Hussein’s regime. The play was
inspired by Raffo’s trip to the Saddam Art Center in Baghdad in 1993
where she saw only billboard size portraits of Saddam Hussein. Then
in a back room, she saw a painting of a nude woman clinging to a
barren tree. There was a light in front of her, like a sun, but her
head was hanging, bowed. Raffo took a photo of the painting, came
back to America and has been digesting this painting and what it must
mean to be an Iraqi woman now.
“With elegance, composure and a raging sensuality, Raffo skirts
around the danger zone laying bare the secret identities of an often
closed order.”
– The Herald / UK
“Raffo is a fine actress. The play raises a difficult question, what
should the west have done about Iraq?”
– Michael Billington, The Guardian / UK
about the play


Alwan, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10004
(646)473-0991 nyc@alwan.org http://alwan.org

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