Not Just “Over There”: Theater of the Real and Iraqi Voices
This chapter examines theater of the real about the Iraq War. Theater of the real focuses on personal narrative, yet this impulse to understand the lived experiences of the war seldom extends past US borders. Nevertheless, there are a handful of important theater of the real pieces that foreground Iraqi voices. Despite many rigorous studies of theater of the real and its focus on the war on terror, plays about Iraqi experiences have received scant critical attention; scholars, too, are guilty of avoiding Iraqi perspectives. This chapter looks at plays that focus on non-US, non-UK perspectives, particularly George Packer’s Betrayed, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath, and Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire.