Rachel Corrie's Parents to Participate in Post-Play Panel Nov. 14

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Craig and Cindy Corrie, the parents of the late Rachel Corrie, will participate in a panel discussion after the 8 PM performance of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie on Nov. 14.

Yonatan Shapira and Solaiman Khatib, the founders of the group Combatants For Peace, will also participate. The ABC News anchor-correspondent Dan Harris will moderate.

According to a release, the panel will discuss the Corries' "work to support and understand the situation of the Israeli and Palestinian people and the mission of Combatants For Peace, a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence and now cooperate and commit to the idea that the conflict cannot be resolved through violence."

My Name is 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.

My Name is Rachel Corrie runs through Dec. 30. The Minetta Lane Theatre is at 18 Minetta Lane, just off Sixth Avenue. For more information, visit www.mynameisrachelcorrie.com.

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