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In this examination of Iraqi female identity during a wartime, one actress plays nine characters, including a doctor who confronts an epidemic of cancer, an artist, a child, an American with relatives in Baghdad, a wife and mother, a political exile in London and an old woman selling anything she can on the street corner. 9 Parts of Desire is a portrait of life during the Iraq war, not through the rhetoric of politicians or the hyperbole of the press but through the ground level reality of nine female Iraqis. In a series of monologues, they discuss the terrible difficulties of their lives, both physically and psychologically, while still exhibiting a spirit of courage and hope. Written by Heather Raffo and directed by Joel Sass, 9 Parts Desire performs in the Dowling Studio.

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