9 Parts of Desire

written by Heather Raffo
directed by Melanie Dreyer
performed by Abby Ahmad



Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA)

Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY)

…For the best single performance of the year, it might well have gone to Abby Ahmad, a University of Pittsburgh grad who played all the roles in Heather Raffo's "Nine Parts of Desire," also for PICT. This dramatic collage of Iraqi women includes an artist, a doctor, a poet, a seer, an exile, a Bedouin, a teenager and a sophisticate, all caught up in the maelstrom of recent history. Ahmad is the actress of the year.”

— Christoper Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ahmad is a strong vessel for those voices, often with little more than a black veil and her own inflection to differentiate one from another…when it counts she delivers Raffo’s key lines with precision and candor. And for sheer memory work, Ahmad’s performance is a tour de force.”

— Michael Eck, Times Union (Albany, NY)