'Noura' Dan Norman Photography



Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 11-Feb. 15
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Jan. 12-Feb. 16
7 p.m.
Every Sat. from Jan. 11-Feb. 15
1 p.m.

January might seem an odd time for the Guthrie to stage the Christmas-set Noura, but this insightful character drama by playwright Heather Raffo offers the kind of emotionally complex scenarios that are welcome any time of year. Noura centers on the title character, her husband, and her son, all Iraqi immigrants who have, after eight years in the United States, successfully achieved citizenship. While her husband and son are enthusiastically embracing more American customs, including the acquisition of new names, Noura finds herself increasingly troubled by how much of their ancestral heritage is being forsaken in the process. Raffo, an Iraqi-American, brings a deeply personal perspective to the narrative, poignantly demonstrating how even the simple act of preparing a traditional dish for a Christmas feast can trigger feelings of homesickness and regret. Directed by Taibi Magar and featuring a cast led by Gamze Ceylan, Noura lends a contemporary view to the timeless dilemma of reconciling the culture of a native country with the conventions of an adopted homeland.