Excerpts about the play From Guthrie ::
A story of identity and belonging
It’s Christmas Eve in New York City, and Noura — a newly minted U.S. citizen — is preparing to host an Iraqi meal and growing more homesick by the minute. Her husband and son have fully embraced their American names and identities, but Noura feels restless and displaced. Even so, she eagerly welcomes her dinner guests until secrets are revealed and the evening begins to unravel. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, this brilliant new play is a poignant exploration of motherhood, marriage and identity in modern America.
Three things to know
- Playwright Heather Raffo, whose mother is American and father is Iraqi, often draws on her personal background in her work.
- The Guthrie produced Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire in the Dowling Studio during the 2007–2008 Season. Director Taibi Magar directed Danai Gurira’s Familiar during the 2017–2018 Season.
- Noura developed out of a series of workshops that Raffo led with Arab American college students responding to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.