Set in New York, a new play that sees an Iraqi immigrant family's Christmas dinner disturbed by the arrival of a visitor who stirs up long-buried memories and decisions from the past.
From the producers: Eight years ago, Noura and her family fled their home in Iraq. Today, she plans the perfect Christmas dinner to celebrate their new life in New York. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, she and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices, and retrace the past they left behind. With compassion and startling clarity, Heather Raffo’s play charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage — and the fragile architecture of what we call home.
Iraqi American playwright and actress Heather Raffo is perhaps best known for her leading role in the one-woman play "9 Parts of Desire," for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Raffo was inspired to write "Noura" - the title is a nod to Ibsen’s "A Doll’s House" - after leading theatre workshops with Middle Eastern women in New York and seeing the feminist lens through which they responded to Ibsen's play and their own stories of leaving home. For Raffo, "Noura" is the story of a woman’s restless mind pushing against the confines of her home life and her past.
Raffo reprise her performance as Noura from the Women’s Voices Theater Festival production in Washington D.C. Joining her are Dahlia Azama, Liam Campora, Matthew David, and Nabil Elouahabi. Joanna Settle directs.
What's Playwrights Horizons? PH is a long-running Off-Broadway theatre on West 42nd that develops new plays by both veteran scribes and folks just off the radish truck (admittedly, the radish truck might have made a stop at an MFA playwriting program). The shows are produced in the company's state-of-the-art venues on West 42nd Street, with production standards equal to the best of Off-Broadway....generally, nothing too conceptual or provocative, just interesting plays, well rendered. More here.