directed by TAIBI MAGAR
McGuire Proscenium Stage

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.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (January 11–16). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (no intermission)

Content advisory 

This production contains adult language.

Venue info

Noura will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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About the playwright 

Heather Raffo is an award-winning playwright and actress who was the solo writer and performer of the international and off-Broadway hit 9 Parts of Desire, which bridged her Iraqi and American roots and received countless awards and nominations. She also authored the libretto for the opera Fallujah, which was commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation and City Opera Vancouver. Her latest work, Noura, premiered at Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2018 and is being produced at theaters across the country. 

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