The New York Theater Workshop may’ve chickened out of producing My Name is Rachel Corrie but Brooklyn’s Irondale Ensemble has stepped up to the plate. Now New York has an opportunity to learn more about this brave soul. While I am not always in accord with the International Solidarity Movement and might’ve disagreed with Corrie while she was alive, I think she represents something courageous and true. It is worthwhile for anyone who cares about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to hear what she had to say even if you may disagree.
Irondale plans to present an evening of Rachel’s words on March 16th. Here’s a promotional blurb from the theater company:
Who’s Afraid of Rachel Corrie? An evening of Rachel’s words
Three years ago Rachel Corrie was killed in Gaza, crushed by an Israeli bulldozer while preventing the destruction of a Palestinian home. Why and how are voices like hers silenced?
Who’s Afraid of Rachel Corrie?
A theatrical event performed by the Irondale Ensemble Project.
Thursday March 16th at 7.30pm.
Lafayette Street Presbyterian Church. 85 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York.
C Train to Lafayette, G to Fulton, or Q, 2,3,4,5 to Atlantic Avenue.
For more information visit www.irondale.org.
So the Irondale Ensemble is putting on a separate production, not the cancelled play, right? I used to live, quite literally, right across the street from this church. I’m encouraging my Brooklyn people to check this out.
Richard Silverstein says
Right, it’s NOT My Name is Rachel Corrie, though it likely will include some of the same writings from her.
I know it’s not terribly close but my wife used to live on Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. Brooklyn can be a cool place.
Haha. My wife also used to live on Henry St. And yes, indeed Brooklyn can be a very cool place. That’s why it took me so long to leave.
Thank god someone’s doing this. I won’t expect to see this in Ohio any time soon, but when something becomes to “edgy” for New York the word “expat” becomes more and more desirable.
How this could be considered offensive illustrates a major problem in any peaceful resolution. Racheal Corrie wasn’t a suicide bomber, she was practicing a method of protection that the Palestinians should be pursuing. The fact that so much vitriol is directed at her for dying while performing a peaceful act of defiance shows how far we are from peace.
Thanks for blogging about this! The Corrie family has endorsed the efforts of the Rachel’s Words initiative that is working to help spread her writings out to the broader American public and world.
Visit RachelsWords.org for more information on the event you wrote about plus others around the country and the world.