Rickman and Others to Appear on Rachel Corrie Panel Nov. 21

News   Rickman and Others to Appear on Rachel Corrie Panel Nov. 21
 
Alan Rickman, co-editor and director of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie at the Minetta Lane Theatre, will appear in a post-show panel discussion on Nov. 21.

Joining him are Daniel Levy, senior fellow and director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation, and Afif Safieh, head of the PLO Mission to the U.S.

The panel, the latest in the show's Tuesday Talkback series, will be moderated by Jamil Dakwar, senior human rights attorney for the ACLU. It will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Rachel Corrie, edited by 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 Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane on Oct. 15, after previews from Oct. 5. 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 of 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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