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My Name Is Rachel Corrie: Taken from the Writings of 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.

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"A powerful, thought-provoking and deeply moving piece of theatre." Daily Telegraph

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"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

Synopsis:

The words a young activist left behind.

Synopsis:

“Extraordinary power… Funny, passionate, bristling with idealism and luminously intelligent.” – TimeOut London

“Deeply moving… The directness, the humor, the poetry, the capcious-yet-never-morbid conscience: all of these are beautifully captured.” – Indepndent (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. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, 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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megcampbell3, February 3, 2008 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
A play made of selections from the journals and emails of American activist and "human shield" Rachel Corrie, who was killed in the Gaza strip at the young age of 23, "My Name is Rachel Corrie" achieves what the best words and stories out of war and conflict achieve: a human connection out of chaos, a reality out of a passionate belief, and inspiration for the rest of us to go beyond our passivity. With the potential growth that can come from such horrible, continuing situations, there's also an overwhelming sense by the end of this short read of our inability to get anywhere beyond the current situation—and a sadness over the extreme waste of irreplaceable lives. Rachel Corrie proves that we do yet live in a time when there are still people willing to use their voices for those who have no voice—and her voice is quite unique, at that.
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nanajune, December 7, 2006 (view all comments by nanajune)
Rachel Corrie was a non-violent activist who tried to help Palestinians. Israel is persecuting Palestinians by taking most of their land, leaving them (half the population of the area) with only about 10% of the land. There is no fairness to that.
True, Palestinians have killed Israelis. But Israelis have killed 5 or more times as many Palestinians. Palestinians have shot 1700 inaccurate rockets from Gaza into Israel since Sept. 2005 (Human Rights Watch), but Israel has shot 15,000 very accurate, damaging rockets into Gaza in that same period (HRW). That is 41 rockets every single night disrupting and terrorizing citizens of Gaza.
Rachel and every word she has written are right on. She gives not just a glimpse into the soul of a kind and compassionate girl, but a terrifying glimpse into the utter hell that Israel has created in Gaza (and the West Bank, for that matter).
I think the viciousness of the reviews against the script and Rachel just point up how painful the truth is for those who have been so propagandized by Israel-firsters. Israel is the bully, not the victim. Rachel's words show that clearly, so she will of course be called all sorts of names by those who can't face the truth.
And since both Palestinians and Jews are Semites, all this vitriol against Palestinians shows deep anti-Semitism and racist derogation of the entire people.
As for the weekly NON-violent protests against the route of the Apartheid Wall on Palestinian land, many Jewish groups are part of the ISM's protests. They certify and prove those weekly non-violent protests are met with Israeli military violence, but it never makes our censored papers here beyond a brief paragraph in World News Briefs now and then. No pictures of the crowds of Palestinians protesting non-violently, no mention of Israeli brutality to them.
Rachel died due to the Israeli brutal attitudes she documents in her script. We will never forget you, Rachel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781559362962
Author:
Corrie, Rachel
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Editor:
Rickman, Alan
Editor:
Viner, Katharine
Author:
Theatre Communications
Author:
Rickman, Alan
Author:
Viner, Katharine
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Women social reformers
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Women social reformers -- United States.
Subject:
Corrie, Rachel
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 in 3 oz

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Product details 96 pages Theatre Communications Group - English 9781559362962 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A powerful, thought-provoking and deeply moving piece of theatre."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
The words a young activist left behind.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Extraordinary power… Funny, passionate, bristling with idealism and luminously intelligent.” – TimeOut London

“Deeply moving… The directness, the humor, the poetry, the capcious-yet-never-morbid conscience: all of these are beautifully captured.” – Indepndent (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. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, 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.

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