In this re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, award-winning Iraqi-American playwright, performer, and Think Tank member Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) examines the iconic play from a Middle Eastern perspective, engaging the stories and experiences of Arab American women. Raffo’s contemporary characters, a family of immigrants, grapple with past and present shames as they try to reconcile their relationship to their identity and to each other.

Heather Raffo and Madeleine Kelley (COL ’16) in the workshop performance of Noura. (Photo by Jordan Silverman/Georgetown University)

Lab Think Tank member Heather Raffo in Noura. (Photo by Jordan Silverman/Georgetown University)

The workshop production of Noura was part of Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival, which was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The festival was also presented in collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World AffairsBridges of Understanding, and the GU Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Gabriel Aaron Brumberg, Heather Raffo, Dariush Kashani, and Jimmy Whalen in the workshop performance of Noura. (Photo by Jordan Silverman/Georgetown University)

Noura was co-produced with the Davis Performing Arts Center in partnership with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater and was featured as part of the GU Theater and Performance Studies 2015/16 Season. The Arena Stage – Georgetown partnership is made possible thanks to the generosity of Andrew R. Ammerman and the family of H. Max and Josephine F. Ammerman.

Jimmy Whalen and Heather Raffo in the workshop performance of Noura. (Photo by Jordan Silverman/Georgetown University)

Noura will have its world premiere at the Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in February of 2018.