Nine Parts Extends Again, Plans National Tour Beginning at Geffen

News   Nine Parts Extends Again, Plans National Tour Beginning at Geffen
Manhattan Ensemble Theatre has once again extended its critically praised production of Nine Parts of Desire. The play will now run until June 12.
Heather Raffo in Nine Parts of Desire
Heather Raffo in Nine Parts of Desire Photo by Joan Marcus

The play opened Oct. 9, 2004, after previews from Sept. 24. It previously extended to Dec. 12, then to Jan. 23, and then to March 6. According to MET, Nine Parts of Desire does not have a closing date in New York. However, writer-actress Heather Raffo will star in the Geffen Playhouse’s production of Nine Parts, currently scheduled to open after Labor Day in Los Angeles. Following the Geffen bow, the play will embark on a national tour of nonprofit theaters in Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area. Specific dates are to be announced.

In more news, Nine Parts will be published both by Northwestern University Press and Dramatists Play Service (trade paperback and acting edition respectively) this fall.

Nine Parts of Desire is written and performed by Raffo. The work, a hit in Britain, is a one-person show that provides "a portrait of the extraordinary — and ordinary — lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women," and promises to lift "the veil on exactly what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone that is Iraq."

Desire is directed by Joanna Settle.

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