The controversial one-woman play is about a young American activist who died after she was run over by an Israeli-operated bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. The play is edited by Alan Rickman and the journalist Katharine Viner from Corrie's writings.
Mosaic, which presents its shows in a black-box space at the private American Heritage School, had planned to offer the one-woman Rachel Corrie in repertory with Heather Raffo's play 9 Parts of Desire, a solo show about Iraqi women.
The Herald reports that Mosaic's board of directors decided to drop the play after the theatre received several phone calls, emails and comments on a special Rachel Corrie blog — which has since been removed from the company's website — that objected to the play.
Rachel Corrie, which premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre and the West End, 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. The Royal Court 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 play eventually had its New York premiere at the Minetta Lane, produced by Dena Hammerstein and Pam Pariseau, without NYTW's involvement, running Oct. 5, 2006, through Dec. 17, 2006. In December 2006 Toronto's CanStage canceled its production, but for reasons of merit, not for its political content, according to artistic director Martin Bragg. Bragg originally read the play and scheduled it for CanStage's 2007-08 season, but he changed his mind after seeing the New York production.
Mosaic's production of 9 Parts of Desire will go on as scheduled, from April 18 through May 13.