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Noura

September 20 – October 20, 2019
(Opening night: Tuesday, September 26, 2019)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Heather Raffo
Directed by Johanna McKeon

A riveting West Coast premiere loosely inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House from acclaimed playwright (and Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program graduate) Heather Raffo. Noura and her husband are Chaldean Christian refugees from Iraq, celebrating their first Christmas Eve as American citizens. But the long-anticipated visit of an orphan girl they once sponsored, now a promising college student, causes them to question who they’ve become and what they’ve left behind. The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout calls this powerful drama “one of the finest new plays I’ve ever reviewed. Full of unexpected revelations and flashes of sudden, blinding illumination.” Contains strong language.

Production Sponsors
The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund

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Heather Raffo
Heather Raffo. Photo by Marvin Joseph.

Cast and Creative

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Heather Raffo (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has been seen Off Broadway, Off West End, in regional theatre, and in film. She is the author and solo performer of the play 9 Parts of Desire (Lucille Lortel Award; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation; Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Helen Hayes Award nominations), which The New Yorker called “an example of how art can remake the world.” The play ran Off Broadway for nine months and has played across the U.S. and internationally for over a decade. It currently has productions in Greece, Hungary, and India. Raffo’s libretto for the opera Fallujah was part of The Kennedy Center’s World Stages: International Theater Festival, received its world premiere at Long Beach Opera, and opened at New York City Opera in 2016. Her newest play, Noura, won Williamstown Theatre Festival’s prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award.Itwas further developed at Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics with refugee and Middle East policy experts. Further workshops were supported by McCarter Theatre Center, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and the nation’s first Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Noura received its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC before a production in Abu Dhabi and at Playwrights Horizons. Raffo is the recipient of multiple grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.