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Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm

NOURA

By Heather Raffo
Directed By Joanna Settle

Highlight reading series

Are we at home in our own family?  In our own country?  Noura, a new play by award wining playwright Heather Raffo, reflects the dilemma facing modern America: do we live for each other or for ourselves?   A complete re-imagining of Ibsen’s iconic Doll’s House, Noura delves into a modern marriage within an Iraqi immigrant family, challenging our notions of assimilation, feminism and motherhood.  White women in Missouri, Muslim men in Detroit, Latina women in the heart of the Midwest all say, “This play is about me”.

Raffo’s play was created after years of work in Arab American communities in NYC where she discussed A Doll’s House with Middle Eastern women who shared personal stories about how the play related to their own lives, bridging their cultural roots with their present circumstances. Please RSVP to rsvp@noortheatre.org


November 9th we awoke to find our nation deeply shaken– and the effects of the election already crystallizing. Hate crimes are now on the rise and the threat of a Muslim registry looms. The divisive rhetoric that galvanized Trump’s campaign seems likely to be carried into the White House without apology, subsequently giving license to news outlets, commentators, and ordinary citizens to air their anti-immigrant, anti-Arab, anti-Islamic, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-minority opinions with impunity.

Noor’s work is a beacon in these challenging times – and is urgently needed. Learn how to help here...


Noor Wins an Obie Award!

May 23, 2016

Noor Theatre has been honored with an Obie Award, specifically an Obie grant that recognizes the achievements of small theater companies. We are so proud to have been awarded and thrilled to see our own Arian Moayed honored for his gorgeous acting in Guards at the Taj (along with our longtime friend Omar Metwally!). Click here for the full list of winners. 

We share this award with our incredible community of artists. Thank you for your generosity and talent - you are the reason we exist. And to our supporters and audience members - thank you for cheering us along and showing up to our work. We hope you all share in our pride!

Citation for Noor Theatre from the Obie judges:

"Some People In This Country Want To Build A Wall To Keep Strangers Out. Others Want To Open Doors, To Let Us Into Their Lives And Keep Us From Being Strangers To One Another. The Theater Is A Place Where People Can Talk, And Understanding Can Grow. The Judges Are Very Proud This Year To Honor A Theatre That Says Up Front That It Wants To Change The Dialogue, To Engage, And Enlighten As Well As Entertain. It Produces Work By Playwrights Of Middle Eastern Origin, Shining A Light On A Culture That Most Americans Know Only Through Mass-Media Stereotypes. To Help Them Keep That Light Shining, The Judges Have Voted An Obie Grant To Noor Theatre, Lameece Issaq, Founding Artistic Director And Maha Chehlaoui, Founding Executive Director."