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Heather Raffo (Writer/Actress)
Through a series of interviews and experiences she collected the stories of many Iraqi women that have come to be included in Nine Parts of Desire.


Heather first performed Nine Parts in August 2003 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. It later moved to the Bush Theatre in London's Off-West End where The Independent hailed it as one of the five best plays in London last December. Nine Parts of Desire was then performed as a reading at The Public Theatre as part of their New Work Now festival.

Heather's other recent acting credits include: Sarah Woodruff in the world premiere of The French Lieutenant's Woman at the Fulton Opera House.

Off-Broadway: Over The River and Through the Woods, the Off-Broadway/National Tour of Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page) and The Rivals, all with The Acting Company. Regionally: Othello (dir. Jack O'Brien), Romeo and Juliet (dir. Daniel Sullivan), As You Like It (dir. Stephen Wadsworth), Macbeth (dir. Nicholas Martin), and Comedy of Errors (dir. John Rando) all with The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Heather received her BA from the University of Michigan, her MFA from the University of San Diego and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Originally from Michigan Heather now resides in New York. Her father is originally from Iraq and her mother is American. She dedicates Nine Parts of Desire to the members of her family still living in Baghdad and to the Iraqi women she has interviewed. Special Thanks to Eva Breneman, Kate Saxon, Erich Jungwirth, Richard Jordan, and Jack Hofsiss.



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