Controversial My Name Is Rachel Corrie, About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Returns to New York Tonight

News   Controversial My Name Is Rachel Corrie, About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Returns to New York Tonight
 
The controversial play My Name Is Rachel Corrie returns to the New York stage for the first time in nine years when it begins performances April 2 at Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater.

Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie

Directed by Jonathan Kane, the limited engagement continues through April 12.

The production stars Charlotte Hemmings as Rachel Corrie.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie is taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie and edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner.

"On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie," press notes state, "a twenty-three-year-old American, was killed in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails – creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since it’s Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates."

"I am so excited to bring this amazing story of a young woman that paid the ultimate price for literally standing up for what she believed in. This play seems even more timely now as the divides in our society continue to plague us," director Kane said in an earlier statement. On April 10, Corrie’s birthday, there will be a benefit performance for the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (rachelcorriefoundation.org); the show will be followed by a Q & A with the family of Ms. Corrie.

The production has set design by Linda Hartinian, lighting design by Lucrecia Briceno, sound and video design by Eamonn Farrel and assistant direction by Bill Raymond.

Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater is located at 45 Bleeker Street. Tickets can be purchased by visiting cultureproject.org or calling Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.

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