9 Parts of Desire – Director

by Heather Raffo

Performed by Melory Mirashrafi

In 1993, American playwright Heather Raffo traveled to Baghdad to visit her family after the Gulf War. The country was forever changed, and she began an ethnographic study of the women of Iraq—a study that spanned past the 2003 U.S. invasion. The play she created about the people she lived with presents a rich and complex landscape of women’s freedom and oppression in Iraq as they grapple with issues of identity and desire in a land torn apart by war and tyranny.

This performance was part of a senior thesis project and was sponsored by the the Linfield Department of Theatre & Communication Arts and Linfield PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

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