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Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm

NOURA

By Heather Raffo
Directed By Joanna Settle

Highlight reading series

Noura is a re-imagining of Ibsen's iconic Doll’s House. Told from inside the marriage of an Iraqi immigrant family to New York, the cultural pressures on this marriage differ from Ibsen’s, but speak both directly to modern marriage and the leaving of home. It is full of magical realism, the power of language, and the contemporary challenges of violence and ISIS.

This play comes from over three years of research in the Arab American communities in NYC. Heather worked from an embedded position with Arab American women on both the telling of their stories and the re-imagining of the many Noras in their personal lives. Noura follows an acutely relevant awakening of identity that tackles our notions of, shame, violence, assimilation, exile and love. Please RSVP to rsvp@noortheatre.org


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."