WSU Vancouver presents Heather Raffo’s ‘9 Parts of Desire’

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver hosts playwright Heather Raffo’s, “9 Parts of Desire” one night only, at 6 p.m. Jan. 28, in the Administration building, room 110. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the Public, seating is limited.

“9 Parts of Desire,” starring Luisa Sermol and directed by Louanne Moldovan, is a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical communist, doctors, exiles, wives and lovers. This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone in Iraq. 

“When I was in the Saddam Art Center in Baghdad, I saw a haunting painting of a nude woman clinging to a barren tree. I came back to America and over the last ten years have been digesting this painting and what it must mean to be an Iraqi woman now,” said Raffo.

In “9 Parts of Desire,” Raffo weaves a tapestry of love, longing, sorrow and wit, illustrating the complex and harrowing reality of living in modern Iraq.

This is an unusually timely meditation on the ancient, the modern and the feminine in a country overshadowed by war. Note: This play is appropriate for ages 14 and up. Parking is available in the Blue Lot for $3.

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This event is sponsored by The WSU Vancouver Marquee Diversity Event Committee, Student Affairs and the Diversity Council.

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