Thursday April 17, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
15o C
11o C
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
East meets West in a play about plight of women in interwar Iraq

Heather Raffo’s “9 Parts of Desire” comes to Athens’s Vault Theater Pluson on December 19. The Off Broadway hit follows the lives of nine Iraqi women during the decade between the first and second Gulf wars.

Ranging from a doctor to a communist to an artist, the women and their stories – distinct in content but thematically overlapping – offer a fascinating portrait of a society darkened by conflict.

Questions of national loyalties and women’s identity are presented to the audience in a dialogue-type exchange.

The show was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and has been hailed by the New Yorker as “an example of how art can change the world.” In 2005 it won Raffo the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.

Raffo is an Iraqi American with extensive travel experience in the Middle East. She composed the play after a 1993 visit to the Saddam Art Museum in Baghdad.

“I intended to a write a piece about the Iraqi psyche, something that would inform and enlighten the images we see on TV. However, the play is equally about the American psyche. It is a dialogue between East and West,” she notes.

“The characters are deeply engaged in circumstances unique to them as Iraqis and yet through their passions seem to answer the concerns of the West.”

The production comes to Greece after tours throughout the United States and Great Britain. The performance has been translated into Greek by Pepi Moscovakou. Maria Tsaroucha directs a cast led by Haris Symeonidou, Effie Meravoglou and Christina Dendrinou. The performances are taking place with the support of the Iraqi Embassy in Athens.

Shows take place Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6.30 p.m. General admission costs 15 euros.

For more information, call Vault Theater Plus (26 Melenikou, Votanikos) at 213.035.6472. , Monday December 16, 2013 (12:26)  
Drawing Greek animators together
Only in Athens: A new design concept for souvenirs
Greek sale fetches 2.1 million pounds sterling at London´s Bonhams
Museum dedicated to Maria Callas set to open by end-2015
City of Piraeus undergoes transportation transformation
The last obstacle to the Athens metro’s expansion to Piraeus will be a thing of the past once excavation works on the archaeological finds in front of the port city’s Municipal Theater are c...
The real deputies of the Greek Parliament
The team behind Vouliwatch ( could not have asked for better timing. Since the launch of the online platform on March 16, the Greek Parliament has been at the center of att...
Inside Community
Inside Gastronomy
Inside Travel
1. Lafazanis denies speculation of rift within SYRIZA party
2. Greek current account deficit widens in February
3. National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale
4. Yield on first post-default Greek bond falls to issuance level
5. Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker´s wife
6. Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry
more news
This Week
1. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
2. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
3. Seven arrested over Toumba violence
4. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
5. Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry
6. Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker's wife
This Week
1. Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece
2. Time to take a hard look at debt sustainability, says OECD chief
3. For faith and country
4. CCTV footage from Nigrita Prison shows signs of inmate torture [Video]
5. Car bomb explodes outside Greek Central Bank building, no one hurt [Update]
6. Samaras sees no need for third bailout
   Find us ...
  ... on
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.