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Arena Stage - Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
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“A triumph! An example of how art can remake the world!”_ – The New Yorker_
“Powerful! Impassioned! Vivid! Memorable!” – The New York Times


This triumphant Off-Broadway hit is “an example of how art can remake the world” (The New Yorker). Taking its title from a famous Muslim maxim, Nine Parts of Desire introduces us to nine extraordinary women – eight Iraqi, one American of Iraqi descent – who share true and intimate stories of how their lives have been irrevocably affected by the war and its chaotic aftermath. Heather Raffo’s poetic words and lyrical performance bring these women – among them a sensual painter, a grieving mother and a forgotten wife – vividly to life, conveying their deepest secrets, most terrifying fears, and ultimately, their yearning for love and peace amidst their devastated world.

Playwright and performer Heather Raffo conceived this piece on a family trip to Iraq (her father was born there), and spent years interviewing Iraqi women and weaving their stories into this important, exquisite and inspiring piece of theater. It’s a politically charged play, but it truly doesn’t take a side on the war – rather, it’s a portrait of a devastated world and the humanity that lights it from within.

About the Ticket Supplier: Arena Stage

Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. Arena Stage was one of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States, as well as a pioneer of the regional theater movement. It was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and the first to receive a Tony Award. Taking a leadership role in extending theater’s horizons, Arena Stage has implemented groundbreaking policies and programs, promoting diversity in all aspects of theater, from theatergoing to production.

The Arena Stage legacy of world-class productions includes vast epics, charged dramas, rousing musicals, and probing profiles. From the monumental to the developmental, Arena Stage has helped build the canon of American theater. While they produce American classics, Arena Stage premieres new American plays and supported works in progress. They’ve nurtured artistic growth and engaged the community, broadening and intensifying the theatrical experience for one and all. And yet, in spite of it all, in their second half-century they see themselves as more fresh, restless and dynamic than ever.