What does “home” mean and what will we do to protect it?
Noura challenges our notions of belonging, shame and sacrifice through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants in New York. As Noura and her husband Tariq prepare to celebrate a traditional Christmas, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest—Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl’s arrival opens wounds the family has tried to leave behind, 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 (9 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 struggle 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.
Illustration by 3ftDeep.com. Based on a photo by Irene Young.