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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

OCTOBER 16 - NOVEMBER 15, 2014

9 Parts of Desire

9 PARTS OF DESIRE at Live Theatre Workshop

By Heather Raffo

Co-directed by Sabian Trout and Glen Coffman


This Off-Broadway hit was inspired by the playwright's trip to a modern art museum in Baghdad in August 1993, and it details the lives of nine Iraqi women that span the decades between the first and second Gulf Wars and occupation. Described by The New Yorker as “an example of how art can remake the world,” it is a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical Communist, doctors, exiles, wives, and lovers. This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war.

Winner of a 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show.

Contains Adult Themes. Not recommended for children under 17.

"…a triumph…thrilling… writing...marked with wit and by a scrupulous attention to the details of character." - The New Yorker

"...not a stodgily earnest piece of documentary theater, and therein lies its singular force and compulsion: It is persuasive precisely because it is beautiful." - The Wall Street Journal

"…powerful, impassioned, vivid, memorable…The voices are a study in contrasts: vivid and subdued, sophisticated and naïve, seductive and standoffish. But they cohere to form a powerful collective portrait of suffering and endurance." - The New York Times


October 16 - November 15, 2014

Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM

Previews: Oct. 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night : Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 PM
Closing Thursday Show: Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM
Closing Saturday Matinee: Nov. 15 at 3:00 PM (No Sunday)


Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242



Perhaps the most compelling thing about 9 Parts of Desire is that it puts a human face on people, specifically women, we often think of as simply the “enemy”. This play has that theme in common with the Greek tragedy The Trojan Women. Often the forgotten victims of war, these Iraqi Women, —like the Trojan women— suffer the familiar horrors war exacts on civilians. They are innocent by-standers and victims, collaborators, protesters, witness bearers. They are weak and strong and mercenary and wise and cynical by turns. The Trojan Women was written 2500 years ago and—like that ancient story—9 Parts of Desire reminds us of the unfortunate and universal truth that war is an endless, unchanging plague for women as well as men.

- Glen Coffman, Co-Director



Heather Raffo is most famous for her notable role in the one-woman play 9 Parts of Desire. The play focuses on the lives of women in her father's homeland, and was originally conceived in 1993 after a visit to her Iraqi relatives. It was also inspired by Raffo's trip to the Saddam Art Centre in Baghdad where she saw only billboard sized portraits of Saddam Hussein. Later, in a back room, she saw a painting of a nude woman clinging to a barren tree. She took a photo of the painting, returned to America and devised a way of replicating the painting into a play. A decade later she completed the play, which features monologues by nine highly distinct Iraqi women, all played by herself.

Lori Hunt in 9 PARTS OF DESIRE at Live Theatre Workshop



Sabian Trout (Co-Director) is thoroughly enjoying her eighth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include PHOTOGRAPH 51, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, REGRETS ONLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer, and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.

Lori Hunt in 9 PARTS OF DESIRE at Live Theatre Workshop


Glen Coffman (Co-Director) is a founding member of Winding Road Theater Ensemble. His Tucson directing credits include MIXED MESSAGES for Borderlands Theatre, OF MICE AND MEN for Beowulf Alley, and HOLY SPIRIT ON GRAND AVENUE, LEMON SKY (MAC nomination), PICNIC, ALL MY SONS, and TOUCH for Live Theatre Workshop. Independent productions include THAT SLUT! and NEW HOUSE NEW DOG. For Winding Road he has directed DOROTHY PARKER’S LAST CALL, THE LION IN WINTER, FIFTH OF JULY, A HUMAN EQUATION, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY (MAC nomination), ROW AFTER ROW, and BURN THIS. He is directing Winding Road's season opener DEATH OF A SALESMAN in November.


 Lori Hunt is beyond excited to return to LTW and to have the opportunity to perform this show. She was last seen at LTW in PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Rosalind) and most recently at Invisible Theatre in A KID LIKE JAKE (Alex), where she will be returning in spring 2015 for SHEAR MADNESS (Barbara). She is the recipient of a 2013 MAC award for playing Mindy in Arizona Onstage’s FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. Some of Lori’s favorite roles include Anna in THE LETTERS, Dr. Scott in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and Pamela in FOX ON THE FAIRWAY. She spent 9 years in Ohio at Shadowbox Live as a resident sketch comedian/actor/writer/rock star/manager. Lori a graduate of the University of Arizona, and has trained at both the Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings Theatres in Los Angeles. In her spare time she likes to travel and daydream and make funny faces in the mirror. She’s really just a simple girl.