After acting in a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Adelheid Roosen approached Muslim women living in the Netherlands to ask them similar questions about their sexuality. The result is a vital, surprising, and poetic portrait of love and relationships under Islam. Each monologue is imbued with deep feeling and delicate detail, allowing us more than a glimpse into each woman's soul.
Roosen collected testimonies of women living in the Netherlands who were born and raised in countries that include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq. Intermixing live music, dance and film, she has transformed her conversations into a series of dramatic and moving monologues performed in English by three Turkish actresses of Muslim descent and accompanied by a live musician on the saz, a lute-like stringed instrument from Turkey. Since its premiere in the Netherlands in 2001, The Veiled Monologues has been performed in Europe, the Middle East, and before the Dutch Parliament and national convention of Holland's law enforcement agencies.