My Name is Rachel Corrie

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Guardian (London)An impassioned eulogy Its hard not to be impressed and also somewhat frightened by the description of her as a two-year-old looking across Capital Lake in Washington State and announcing, This is the wide world, and Im coming to it.

New York TimesOn March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer 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 Rachels 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 Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since its Royal Court premiere (London), 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.ALAN RICKMAN is a British actor and director, who directed the London and New York productions of the play.

Reviews of the My Name is Rachel Corrie

She philosophized about the world around her, and let her passion for social justice drive not only her life, but that clear understanding of humanity seeps into her writing.

But this is my first time reading her writing and I'm stunned and grateful for her voice.

They tell the story of a remarkable young woman who was deeply moved by the world around her as she desperately tried to make a difference.

Rachel Corrie went to Israel to protest how United States aid is used to support that military and the actions of the Israeli government. At no point in the script does the character express anti-Semitic sentiments; quite the contrary.

Instead, through Corries highly subjective and personalised writings, the adaptation of the editors, and the temporal and spatial dislocation of the performance, the audience is offered a multi-faceted reaction-to and commentary-on historical events which in the end whilst it may seem disobedient to historical praxis, is fundamental to the writing of history as it has always existed. In experiencing this play as a reader or viewer, instead of seeking to reproduce a (so called) historically grounded interpretation of actual events as they may (or may not) have occurred, we are forced to draw upon a history transparently filtered through bias, an honest, dishonest reaction, rather than something which purports to resemble the truth.

Deciding that their presence was provoking the Israeli soldiers, not deterring them, Corrie and her colleagues hurriedly dismantled their tent and left the area.8 Qishta, a Palestinian who worked as an interpreter, noted that: "Late January and February was a very crazy time. There were house demolitions taking place all over the border strip and the activists had no time to do anything else."8 Qishta also stated of the ISM activists: "They were not only brave; they were crazy."8 The confrontations were not without harm to the activists; a British participant was wounded by shrapnel.8 Palestinian militants expressed concern that the "internationals" staying in tents between the Israeli watchtowers and the residential neighborhoods would get caught in crossfire, while other residents were concerned that the young activists might be spies. Even so, in the days before Corrie's death, a letter gained wide circulation in Rafah, casting suspicion again on the ISM members.

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  • Rating: 4.10
  • Pages: 57
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2006 by Theatre Communications Group
  • Isbn10: 1559362960
  • Isbn13: 9781559362962