The Human Experience: 9 Parts of Desire

While reading Heather Roffo’s “9 Parts of Desire” I was struck by how intimate and detailed each monologue/character was and the depth of the emotional response each provoke. Even though I was aware that the characters (and the play itself) are dramatized, fictional composites of the many testimonies of Iraqi women, the narratives still ignitedContinue reading “The Human Experience: 9 Parts of Desire”

Nine Parts of Desire: Nine Portrayals of War and Violence by Women

Nine Parts of Desire highlights the lives of nine women as they fight back against traditional expectations set in a rapidly changing political climate. The play is set during the US-Iraqi war, so the background of the stories of these women is suffering, death, prayer, uncertainty, violence, and political turmoil.  Layal was a famous painterContinue reading “Nine Parts of Desire: Nine Portrayals of War and Violence by Women”

The Power of Art: Oneness in Trauma

By Taggert Smith Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire is a brilliant one-woman play, in which Raffo portrays nine different Iraqi women she’s interviewed in an interwoven series of scenes. While initially seeming an odd choice, it is through this form that the play develops one of its core themes–the ability of the artist toContinue reading “The Power of Art: Oneness in Trauma”