Women! Nothing’s easy, right? In Noura, at Playwrights Horizons, Heather Raffo is both the playwright and the lead — a dervish of multitasking. She tells a personal tale — a soulful narrative of Iraqi immigrants who, at least superficially, land well in the U.S. Her portrait of self-loathing, survivor guilt, and a longing to be both safe and honorable, underscores the PTSD driving the family’s... Read more
Playwrights Horizons continues its 2018-2019 off-Broadway season with the New York premiere of Noura, written by and starring Heather Raffo and directed by Joanna Settle.
The world premiere of Noura was staged at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC in spring 2018.
New York performances are staged at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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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.