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My Name Is Rachel Corrie: Taken from the Writings of Rachel Corrieby Rachel Corrie
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"I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see. I don't know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls. You just can't imagine it unless you see it. And even then your experience is not at all the reality...[due to] the fact that I have money to buy water when the army destroys wells, and of course, the fact that I have the option of leaving. I am allowed to see the ocean." Rachel Corrie
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she was trying to prevent the demolition of the Palestinian homes. My Name is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters, and emails — creating a portrait of a messy, skinny, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left home and school in Olympia, Washington "to support Palestinian non-violent resistance to Israel's military occupation." The piece premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre, with an award-winning, sold-out run, before its transfer to the West End.
"A powerful, thought-provoking and deeply moving piece of theatre." Daily Telegraph
"Theatre can't change the world. But what it can do, when it's as good as this, is to send us out enriched by other people's passionate concern." The Guardian
The words a young activist left behind.
Extraordinary power Funny, passionate, bristling with idealism and luminously intelligent.” TimeOut London
You feel you have not just had a night at the theatre: you have encountered an extraordinary woman [in this] stunning account of one womans passionate response Theatre cant change the world. But what it can do, when its as good as this, is to send us out enriched by other peoples passionate concern.” 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 Times
On 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. KATHERINE VINER is an award-winning journalist and editor of the Guardians Weekend Magazine.
About the Author
Rachel Corrie was born in 1979 into a middle-class family in Olympia, Washington. She became politically active on what she called "anti-war/global justice issues," which homed in on U.S. support for Israel against the Palestinians. She was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003.
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