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9 Parts of Desire

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Brave. Honest. Riveting.

March 7 – April 19, 2020

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

"El Samahy’s storytelling is riveting." –San Francisco Chronicle

An intimate and complex portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of nine Iraqi women, this remarkable solo work offers a meditation on what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war. Based on her interviews with real women during the reign and fall of Saddam Hussein, Heather Raffo weaves utterly distinct voices into a tapestry of humanity, love, and endurance in the face of oppression.

“Raffo brings us closer to the inner life of Iraq than a thousand slick-surfaced TV reports.”
-The Wall Street Journal


9 Parts of Desire

By Heather Raffo
Directed by Evren Odcikin
Starring Nora el Samahy

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March First Thursday with Jessica Manolo and Jermaine

Thu, Mar 5, 5 p.m.  •  FREE

Join us for March First Thursday with live music, gallery openings, and an artist reception. Featuring singer/songwriter Jessica Manolo, live-looping multi-instrumentalist Jermaine, a new art exhibits inspired by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time featuring artists on the autism spectrum, a Refutees pop-up shop inspired by 9 Parts of Desire, and textile art by Alyssarhaye Graciano of BlackSheepMade. Featuring complimentary beer from Deschutes Brewery!

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Perspectives series for 9 Parts of Desire featuring Israa Hasani and Dr. Taghrid Khuri

Sun, Mar 29, 4 p.m.  •  FREE

Please join us for a series of 30-minute post-show discussions following select Sunday matinee performances of 9 Parts of Desire. This panel will feature Israa Hasani, cultural consultant and moderator, in conversation with Dr. Taghrid Khuri, International Development and Gender Consultant.

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Pre-show Happy Hour for 9 Parts of Desire with Dr. Baher Butti and Dr. Lindsey Mantoan

Wed, Apr 1, 6:30 p.m.  •  FREE

Join us for a pre-show happy hour and panel discussion for 9 Parts of Desire featuring guest panelists Dr. Baher Butti from Catholic Charities, and Dr. Lindsey Mantoan from Linfield University. Complimentary drinks until 7:00 PM, so arrive early!

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Perspectives series for 9 Parts of Desire featuring Israa Hasani and Maryam Gabriel-Imam

Sun, Apr 5, 4 p.m.  •  FREE

Please join us for a series of 30-minute post-show discussions following select Sunday matinee performances of 9 Parts of Desire. This panel will feature Israa Hasani, cultural consultant and moderator, in conversation with Maryam Gabriel-Imam, Educator, Creator, Artist and Activist.

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Perspectives series for 9 Parts of Desire featuring Israa Hasani and Dana Khazi

Sun, Apr 12, 4 p.m.  •  FREE

Please join us for a series of 30-minute post-show discussions following select Sunday matinee performances of 9 Parts of Desire. This panel will feature Israa Hasani, cultural consultant and moderator, in conversation with activist Dana Khazi, Mental Health Provider, Conflict resolution lecturer and Activist.

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Refutees pop-up shop for 9 Parts of Desire

Mar 5 – Apr 19  •  FREE

Please join us for special on-going partnership with Refutees as they host a pop-up apparel shop and information booth dedicated to raising positive awareness for local Refugee and Immigrant communities in Portland and the surrounding areas. Proceeds will benefit Irco and Catholic Charities of Oregon.

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National Acclaim

“Don’t miss this amazing theatrical experience!” –Gloria Steinem

"An example of how art can remake the world" –The New Yorker

"A moving portrayal of Iraqi women ... exquisite, passionate and penetrating." –Los Angeles Times

"Riveting ... Raffo’s women, each uniquely colorful, merge to from a complex portrait of modern Iraqi identity.” –Time Out New York

"A highly absorbing 90 minutes with equal parts intellectual heft and raw human compassion." –Chicago Tribune

"The voices are a study in contrasts: vivid and subdued, sophisticated and naïve, seductive and standoffish. But they cohere to form a powerful collective portrait of suffering and endurance." –The New York Times

"The words cut bone deep. It took nearly 10 years of research to give voice to these profoundly moving stories."–Entertainment Weekly

Local Acclaim — Reviews from the 2008 Production by CoHo and Cygnet 

"9 Parts of Desire is one of the most compelling pieces of solo theater you will ever see on a Portland stage." –Portland Mercury

“Raffo's script puts faces and emotions on the side of the Iraq War that Americans seldom see.” –The Oregonian

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