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Noura challenges our notions of modern marriage and motherhood through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants living in New York.  As Noura and her husband Tareq prepare to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest—Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl’s arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront where they are, where they’ve been and who they have become.

In this world-premiere production, award-winning playwright and performer Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire) draws on personal stories of Arab American women responding to A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama of one mother’s quest to balance her duty with her identity.

STC presents Noura as part of the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival, taking place in January and February of 2018. First launched in 2015, the Festival highlights the scope of new plays written by female playwrights and the range of professional theatre being produced in and around the nation’s capital.

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Noura

Feb 06 - Mar 11

Lansburgh TheatreBy Heather Raffo
Directed by Joanna Settle
Noura was commissioned through a grant from the Beech Street Foundation and is sponsored by Share Fund.

Additional support provided by
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Rose Carter.

Restaurant Partner:
Dirty Habit
The Performers
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  • Heather Raffo
    Noura
    Noura
    Heather Raffo

    Heather Raffo is an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, off West End, in regional theatre and in film. She is the author and solo performer of the play Nine Parts of Desire (Lucille Lortel Award, Susan Smith Blackburn commendation, Drama League, OCC, Helen Hayes nominations), which the New Yorker called “an example of how art can remake the world.”  The play ran Off-Broadway for nine months and has played across the United States and internationally for over a decade, with current productions in Greece, Hungary and India. Heather’s newest play, Noura, just won Williamstown Theatre Festival’s prestigious Weissberger Award.

    Recently, her libretto for the opera Fallujah was heard as part of Kennedy Center’s International Theater Festival. It then received its world premiere at Long Beach Opera in March of 2016 and opened at New York City Opera later that year.  A film was made of the opera, as well as a documentary titled Fallujah: Art, Healing and PTSD.

    Raffo is the recipient of multiple grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to use theatre as a means of bridge-building between her Eastern and Western cultures. She continues to grow her storytelling workshop, Places of Pilgrimage, taking it to universities and community centers both in America and the Middle East. Clips of participants’ work from her New York workshop have been shared online through the organizations Bridges of Understanding and Refugees Deeply, as a means to connect the stories of young Middle Eastern women with their peers globally. Raffo continues her focus on cross-cultural work by speaking at universities across America and internationally. Her work has taken her from classrooms in Tampa to the U.S. Islamic World Forum in Qatar, and from the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati to the Rumi Festival in Oslo. She is a proud member of Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Artistic Advisory Council and prizes her decade long collaboration with Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. WEB: Facebook: Heather Raffo; Twitter: @heatherraffo; HeatherRaffo.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Nabil Elouahabi
    Tariq
    Tariq
    Nabil Elouahabi

    INTERNATIONAL: London: Harold Pinter Theatre: Oslo (Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiator Hassan Asfour); AlmeidaTheatre: Oil, alongside Anne-Marie Duff; Regent's Park Open Air Theatre: A Tale of Two Cities; National Theatre: Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State; Royal CourtTheatre: Fireworks; Arcola Theatre: I Call My Brothers, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes; Crucible (Sheffield): Love Your Soldiers; Tricycle Theatre / U.S. Tour: Crossing Jerusalem, The Great Game–Afghanistan. TELEVISION: Deep State, The Night Of, The Missing, 24: Live Another Day, Top Boy, Mad Dogs, Generation Kill, The Path To 9/11 and EastEnders. Film credits include Zero Dark Thirty, Charlie Wilson’s War, In This World, Ali G Indahouse, The Sum of All Fears.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Matthew David
    Rafa'a
    Rafa'a
    Matthew David

    NEW YORK: East 13th Street Theatre: Glamping. REGIONAL: Purple Rose Theatre Company: A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley), Boeing Boeing (Robert), A Stone Carver (Raff), Escanaba In Da’ Moonlight, Best Of Friends, Apartment 3A, Corktown, Bleeding Red, Consider The Oyster, Growing Pretty, White Buffalo; Jewish Ensemble Theatre: American Buffalo (Teach), Disgraced (Amir); Vertigo Productions: Nuts; Flint City Theatre: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Much Ado About Nothing. TRAINING: University of Michigan: BFA in Theater.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Dahlia Azama
    Maryam
    Maryam
    Dahlia Azama

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Women’s Project Theater: Veil'd (Dima); The Play Company: I Call My Brothers (Valeria/Tyra). INTERNATIONAL: American University in Cairo (Egypt): The School for Wives, Three Sisters, The Taming of the Shrew. TRAINING: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London): MA in Acting; The American University in Cairo (Egypt): BA in Theatre.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Gabriel Brumberg
    Yazen / Alex
    Yazen / Alex
    Gabriel Brumberg

    REGIONAL: Pallas Theatre Collective: Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (dir. Clare Shaffer); Noura (New York workshop, dir. Ron Russell); Noura (D.C. workshop, dir. Derek Goldman). OTHER: NU Sass Productions: Reading of Blue Skies Over Pluto; Voice recording: Theater J: Falling Out of Time. TRAINING: Edmund Burke School, Camp Arena Stage.


The Artistic Team
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  • Joanna Settle
    Director
    Director
    Joanna Settle

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent, Winter Miller's In Darfur, Finale of Suzan-Lori Park's 365 Plays/365 Days; Manhattan Ensemble Theater: Heather Raffo’s Nine Parts of Desire. REGIONAL: Shakespeare on the Sound: Artistic Director (2009–2012), Director: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet;Division 13 Productions: Artistic Director (1998–2004), Director/Adapter: 15 of D13’s 17 projects, including BLOOD LINE: The Oedipus/Antigone Story, two plays by Sophocles, Macbett by Ionesco, and several Samuel Beckett shorts including Cascando and Play. TEACHING: Currently Associate Arts Professor of Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi; Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts (2014–2016); Bard College, Williams College, Juilliard, Cornell, Stanford University’s PhD Program. TRAINING: The Juilliard School: MFA; Hampshire College: BA in Theater Directing and Design.


  • Andrew Lieberman
    Scenic Designer
    Scenic Designer
    Andrew Lieberman

    NEW YORK: Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Picnic; Off-Broadway: New York Theater Workshop: Othello starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo; Public Theater: The Total Bent; Manhattan Theater Club: Fulfillment Center. Upcoming: Signature Theater: At Home at the Zoo. INTERNATIONAL: Toneelgroep Amsterdam: The Glass Menagerie; Royal Shakespeare Company: Poor Beck. OPERA: English National Opera: Julius Caesar, Partenope (Olivier and Helpmann Award winner for Best Opera, Green Room Award for Best Design); Festival d’Aix en Provence: Il Turco in Italia; Deutsche Oper Berlin: Aida; Saarländisches Staatsoper: Fidelio; New York City Opera: Roberto Devereux, Così fan Tutte, A Quiet Place; Glimmerglass Opera: L’étoile, The Consul, Orphée; Spoleto Festival: L’isle de Merlin, Kepler; Opera Philadelphia: Don Carlos; Long Beach Opera: Powder Her Face; Boston Lyric Opera: Turn of the Screw; Virginia Opera: Orphée aux Enfers, Ariadne auf Naxos;Opera Theater of St. Louis: Dialogues of the Carmelites; Montreal, Dijon, Den Ny, Torino, San Francisco, Sydney, Dallas, Portland, Pittsburgh Operas. AWARDS: Lieberman’s design for Aida was shown at the American Exhibit of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; Princess Grace Award Winner. TEACHING: Head of Stage Design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


  • Tilly Grimes
    Costume Designer
    Costume Designer
    Tilly Grimes

    NEW YORK: Ars Nova / National and International Tours: Underground Railroad Game, Small Mouth Sounds (dir. Rachel Chavkin); Women’s Project Theater: Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against; Red Bull Theater: The Government Inspector; Roundabout Theatre Company; Atlantic Theatre Company; Foundry Theatre; Cherry Lane Theatre; Flea Theatre; Pearl Theatre Company; Clubbed Thumb; Here Arts Centre; Barrow Group; La MaMa. REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival; American Repertory Theater; Sacramento Theatre Company;  New York Stage and Film; Alley Theatre; Goodspeed Opera; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Wilma Theatre; Hudson Valley Shakespeare; Two River Theatre; Trinity Repertory; Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Westport County Playhouse. OPERA: Boston Lyric Opera; Philadelphia Opera; Curtis School of Music; Juilliard School of Vocal Arts. AWARDS: Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Costume Design (Underground Railroad Game), Balsamo Grant for Immigrant Artists, Irish Design Award, Irish Times Theatre nomination, Onstage Critics Award. OTHER: Guest artist at Juilliard, NYU Grad Design, Duke University, Trinity College Dublin. TEACHING: Brown University; University of Rochester. TRAINING: NYU Tisch: MFA. WEB: TillyGrimes.com; Instagram: @missTgrimes.


  • Masha Tsimring
    Lighting Designer
    Lighting Designer
    Masha Tsimring

    NEW YORK: The Kitchen: Electric Lucifer; Bushwick Starr: Frontieres Sans Frontieres; BAC: Heart of Darkness; Page73: Ultimate Beauty Bible; New Saloon/Invisible Dog: Minor Character; The Flea: The Place We Built, Wolf in the River; Lesser America: The Bachelors, Wyoming. REGIONAL: Chautauqua Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet, In The Next Room; CalShakes: As You Like It; Playmakers Rep: My Fair Lady; WilmaTheater: Constellations; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It/Three Musketeers; Sharon Playhouse: Music Man, Minor Character; Triad Stage: The Price, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Member of the Wedding; InterAct: Grounded; Theatre Exile: Invisible Hand; Yale Repertory: American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose; Marin Theatre Company: The Way West; Hangar Theatre: 4000 Miles. INTERNATIONAL: BAM/South America: CONTRA-TIEMPO DanceMotion Tour; Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow): Romeo & Juliet (Associate); OperaDagen (Rotterdam/Amsterdam): LoveFail (Associate). OTHER: LA Dance Project: Sarabande; Nichole Canuso Dance Company: The Garden of Forking Paths; CONTRA-TIEMPO: Agua Furiosa. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: MFA. WEB: MashaLD.com.


  • Obadiah Eaves
    Sound Designer/Composer
    Sound Designer/Composer
    Obadiah Eaves

    NEW YORK: Broadway: The Country House (dir. Daniel Sullivan); The Assembled Parties (dir. Lynne Meadow); Harvey (dir. Scott Ellis); A Life In The Theatre; Collected Stories; Accent On Youth; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Shining City (dir. Robert Falls). Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club: The Portuguese Kid (dir. John Patrick Shanley), The American Pilot, Moonlight and Magnolias; Roundabout Theatre Company: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, The Understudy. Public Theater: The Total Bent (dir. Joanna Settle), Fucking A (dir. Michael Greif), Hamlet, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; Manhattan Ensemble Theater: Nine Parts of Desire (dir. Joanna Settle). REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (dir. Chay Yew); Seattle Repertory: Constellations, Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, The Comparables, A Great Wilderness; Center Theatre Group: The Night Watcher, Romance. TELEVISION: HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, History Channel, Bravo, A&E, The Learning Channel. AWARDS: Lucille Lortel Award, Viv, Bay Area Critics Circle. OTHER: Fisher-Price Toys.


  • Laura Stanczyk
    Casting Director
    Casting Director
    Laura Stanczyk

    STC: The Lover and The Collection; The School for Lies; Macbeth; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; The Metromaniacs; The Tempest; Man of La Mancha; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale; Strange Interlude; Old Times. NEW YORK: Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Cotton Club Parade, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, The Glorious Ones, Flight, Translations, Tryst, Dirty Dancing; Atlantic Theater Company: The Cripple of Inishmaan (also national tour); Encores! Summer Stars: Damn Yankees!, Urinetown (also national tour); Lincoln Center Festival: Gate/Beckett. REGIONAL: Alliance Theatre: Bull Durham; Center Theatre Group: Harps and Angels; Alley Theatre: Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door; Kennedy Center: Side Show, The Guardsman, Follies, Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Ragtime, Broadway: Three Generations; Philadelphia Theatre Company: Golden Age; Royal George Theatre: Don’t Dress for Dinner; seven seasons of casting for McCarter Theatre Center. INTERNATIONAL: Druid Theatre Company: My Brilliant Divorce; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin/West End: The Shawshank Redemption; Druid Theatre Company/Dublin Theatre Festival: Long Day’s Journey into Night; Has consulted for the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin, the Gate Theatre in Dublin, the Druid Theatre in Galway.

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  • Carter C. Wooddell
    Resident Casting Director
    Resident Casting Director
    Carter C. Wooddell

    STC: Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello (2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Tempest (2016 Free For All);The Taming of the Shrew; 1984 (children); Othello; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free For All); Tartuffe; Dunsinane (supernumerary); Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs (STC and Old Globe); The Tempest; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All); The Merry Wives of Windsor; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice; ReDiscovery Reading Series. Other Casting Experience (McCorkle Casting, Ltd.): NEW YORK: Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High; Off-Broadway (partial): Tribes, Our Town, The Acting Company, Freud’s Last Session, A Perfect Future, The Irish Curse, An Error of the Moon; NYC Other: Lincoln Center Institute: Hamlet, Fly, Sheila’s Day. NATIONAL TOURS: The Acting Company, Riverdance. REGIONAL: Alley Theatre, Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Broad Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford. RADIO: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson. TELEVISION: Sesame Workshop: The Electric Company, Pilot: 27 East. FILM: Premium Rush (Columbia Pictures), Junction (Choice Films). TEACHING: Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University, BFA and MFA acting students.


  • Drew Lichtenberg
    Dramaturg
    Dramaturg
    Drew Lichtenberg

    STC:Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; Tartuffe; Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs; The Tempest; As You Like It; Private Lives; Henry IV, Part 1 and 2; The Importance of Being Earnest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Measure for Measure; Coriolanus; Wallenstein; Hughie; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Government Inspector; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Servant of Two Masters; Strange Interlude; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Heir Apparent. NEW YORK: Broadway: Roundabout: Time and the Conways (dir. Rebecca Taichman). REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists (German translation/Text Consultant); STC/McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter’s Tale; Center Stage: Caroline or Change, Cyrano, Around the World in 80 Days; Yale Repertory Theatre: Lulu (dir. Mark Lamos); Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Front Page, The Physicists, The Corn Is Green; New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman). INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Salomé, Les Blancs (dir. Yaël Farber). OTHER: Yale School of Drama: Tarell McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water (U.S. premiere); TEACHING: Catholic University of America; Eugene Lang College at the New School. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: MFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism.


  • Lisa Beley
    Voice and Text Coach
    Voice and Text Coach
    Lisa Beley

    STC: Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello (2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth, King Charles III ; ACA: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Coriolanus. INTERNATIONAL: Vancouver, Canada: Rumble Theatre: Indian Arm; Vancouver Playhouse: The Music Man; Dorothy Somerset Studio: The Glass Menagerie, The Cherry Orchard; SFU Theatre: Laurier; Tooba Theatre: Twelfth Night; UBC Theatre: The House of Atreus, Arcadia; York University: Our Country’s Good. FILM: Dialect, voice or text: Warcraft, Horns, Firewall, Monster Trucks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Suckerpunch, The Watchman, Hidden, Apollo 18, The Uninvited, Hot Rod, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Elektra. TELEVISION: Dialect: Tin Star, Bates Motel, The Wilding, The 100, Alcatraz, Rogue, Red Widow, The Secret Circle, Heavenly, The River, Human Target, The Good Wife, Inseparable, Cooking Lessons, Just Cause. OTHER: Acting: theatre, film and voice-overs; Directing: The Bay at Nice, Agamemnon. TEACHING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor; Canada’s National Voice Intensive: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor. TRAINING: York University: MFA in Acting, Voice Teacher’s Diploma; University of British Columbia: BFA in Acting.


  • Charlie Marie McGrath
    Assistant Director
    Assistant Director
    Charlie Marie McGrath

    STC: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Director), The School for Lies, Macbeth, The Secret Garden (Directorial Assistant), Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Director), The Tempest (2016 Free For All, Directorial Assistant), STC Fellows Project: God Is Dead and April's Getting Married (Director). NEW YORK: Broadway: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny). REGIONAL: Assistant Director: Goodman Theatre: Smokefall (dir. Anne Kauffman); Court Theatre: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir. David Auburn); Northlight Theatre: Mothers and Sons (dir. Steve Scott); Birmingham Children's Theatre: The Jungle Book (Director). OTHER: Pointless Theatre: Imogen; The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance (Remount), House of Mirth; Open Door Repertory Company: Game of Love and Chance, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. TRAINING: Northwestern University. WEB: CharlieMarieMcGrath.com.


  • Jess Slocum
    Production Stage Manager
    Production Stage Manager
    Jess Slocum

    NEW YORK: Broadway: In the Heights. REGIONAL: The Old Globe: 40 productions including Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Twelfth Night, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid with Fiasco Theater, Red Velvet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, The Metromaniacs, In Your Arms, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter’s Tale, A Doll’s House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Robin and the 7 Hoods; La Jolla Playhouse: Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis; Center Theatre Group: Post Office. TRAINING: Vanderbilt University.


  • Christopher Michael Borg
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Christopher Michael Borg

    STC: Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Broadway: Sister Act (PA); Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Paper Dolls (ASM), Titus Andronicus (PA). REGIONAL: Delaware Resident Ensemble Players: You Can’t Take It with You, Tartuffe, The Elephant Man, The Bells, Clybourne Park, Waiting for Godot, Things We Do for Love, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wait Until Dark, Heartbreak House, The Patsy, The 39 Steps, Juno and the Paycock, The Millionairess, Macbeth; Trinity Rep: Intimate Apparel, Vanya and Sonia andMasha and Spike, House and Garden; Center Stage Baltimore: The Container (SM), The Wiz, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (ASM); Everyman Theatre: By The Way…Meet Vera Stark, Heroes. TRAINING: University of Maryland-Baltimore County: BA in Theatre.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.



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