Kushner, Hare, O'Hara to Appear in Post-Rachel Corrie Panel Nov. 7

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The acclaimed political playwrights Tony Kushner and David Hare and the Obie-winning director Robert O'Hara will participate in a panel discussion called "Playwrights and Politics" after the Nov. 7 performance of the controversial play My Name is Rachel Corrie. The panel will be moderated by Gregory Mosher.
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Rachel Corrie, adapted by its director Alan Rickman and the journalist Katharine Viner from the writings of the late Rachel Corrie — a 23-year-old American protester who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer — became the subject of a heated debate this past spring when it was scheduled and then postponed at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. Both NYTW and the Royal Court were thrust into a press-statement war immediately after the decision to delay the work; the London-based company and the play's creators accused the New York company of censorship while the New York troupe stated it merely sought to present the play in a climate suitable for the volatile work.

The solo play, starring Megan Dodds, eventually opened Oct. 15, after previews from Oct. 5 at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre. Dodds had played Corrie in an April 2005 production at London's Royal Court Theatre production, and reprised the role both at The Royal Court and at The Playhouse Theatre in London's West End in spring 2006.

Kushner's most recent project was an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's political work Mother Courage and Her Children, which the Public Theater produced in Central Park this past summer with Meryl Streep in the title role. Kushner has won two Best Play Tony Awards, one for each part of his epic political play Angels in America. His other works include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul and many adaptations for the stage. He wrote the book and lyrics to the Broadway musical Caroline, or Change, which opened in October at the National Theatre in London. He won an Emmy for his screenplay for the Mike Nichols television film version of Angels In America and received an Oscar nomination for co-writing Steven Spielberg's film "Munich."

Hare's play Stuff Happens, about the George W. Bush administration, had its New York premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater earlier this year. Hare's upcoming projects include his Broadway play The Vertical Hour, which stars Julianne Moore and begins previews Nov. 9, and Joan Didion's play The Year of Magical Thinking, which he will direct on Broadway this spring. His other Broaday plays are Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, Racing Demon, Amy's View, The Blue Room, The Judas Kiss and Via Dolorosa, in which he also performed.

O'Hara received a 2006 Obie Award for directing the Off-Broadway play In The Continuum, which dramatized the issue of AIDS among African and African-American women. He wrote and directed Insurrection: Holding History, which had its world premiere at The Public Theater. Mosher is the director of the new Columbia University Arts Initiative, which recently presented Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar. He is a theatre and film director, producer and writer, and the former director of Lincoln Center Theater and the Goodman Theatre.

The Minetta Lane Theatre is at 18 Minetta Lane, just off Sixth Avenue. For more information, visit www.mynameisrachelcorrie.com.

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