Thursday, June 22, 2006
Freedom of Speech Wins with Scheduled New York Performances for My Name Is Rachel Corrie
Striking a blow for the First Amendment, the highly controversial, critically-acclaimed British production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie will get a berth at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre this October. Without even playing here, the production has already generated considerable debate due to its explosive subject matter, as well as from the perception that censorship was preventing it from being presented in New York.
The story is based on the writings of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American sympathetic to Palestinians who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003.
The limited engagement will be directed by actor Alan Rickman, who is perhaps best known to American audiences for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. The play was first produced at London's Royal Court Theatre and then at the Playhouse Theatre earlier this year; it was subsequently nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.
I'm pleased to see that My Name Is Rachel Corrie has found a New York home. I firmly believe that this play deserves an audience. Regardless of whether you are pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian or simply pro-peace, the performance can only spur enlightened dialogue from all sides.
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