"The female half of Iraq has come to America. That's the feeling you'll get as you watch the chameleon body, heart, mind and artistry of Heather Raffo in Nine Parts of Desire. Don't miss this amazing theatrical experience!"
"Nine Parts of Desire is a stunning, vivid, and impressively acted production that movingly depicts the horrors faced by Iraqi women over the last century. Amnesty International has been publicizing the rights violations women face everywhere, and this play - without taking sides - translates these life threatening and life ruining experiences women face in an uncannily brilliant way to the stage. The play is so powerful, it can act as a catalyst to all of us to take steps to help ease the agony suffered by women in Iraq, as well as around the world.
||-SHEILA DAUER, Director
Women's Human Rights Program
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA
Nine Parts of Desire distills so much pain, resilience and hope that it reflects the very soul of Iraq. I am the richer for having seen this stunning play. Heather Raffo is, ultimately, like myself, an ambassador for my country. But while I communicate at an official level, Ms. Raffo communicates at a far more profound, human level. Every American should see Nine Parts of Desire.
-H. E. AMBASSADOR SAMIR SHAKIR SUAIDAIE,
Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations
Nine Parts of Desire is an amazing play with a powerful performance that will no doubt wake people up to the realities of the situation that Iraqi women are facing. Everyone should see it! Thank you for helping to bring the voices of Iraqi women to public attention.
-JESSICA NEUWIRTH, President
Heather Raffo commands the stage in a larger than life performance in Nine Parts of Desire, a profoundly moving play about the clash of cultures confronting Iraqi women today. With dignity, depth and wit, Raffo convincingly does what women have always done: play many parts in a drama where the protagonists (men) create the circumstances. I urge everyone to see it!
-GLORIA FELDT, President
Nine Parts of Desire is a powerful piece of theater that still echoes within me. The play - and Heather Raffo's performance as nine different Iraqi women - demands a moral response from all theatergoers. It's a must see.
-MOLLY KLOPOT, Chair
WOMEN'S INT'L LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
I learned more about the situation of women in Iraq from Raffo's one woman show than almost anything else I've read on the subject. Raffo is astonishing as she enacts 9 different Iraqi women of all ages, shapes and sizes and tells the story of their suffering, resistance and irrepressible humanity. In addition to being riveting theater, Raffo's play tears down the pernicious stereotypes of Arab women and illuminates the universality of women's oppression. Go see this play - you will not look at Iraq in the same way again.
-JENNIFER FASULO, Executive Director
SOLIDARITY with the ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN'S FREEDOM IN IRAQ