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  "We posses within ourselves a great reservoir of physical and spiritual strength to which poetry, fiction and the stage should give voice.  Ours is a social as well as a literary responsibility."

-Langston Hughes

March 7 - 29, 2008 at the Main Street Cabaret

Edited by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman  
produced in collaboration with the Buffalo United Artists' Theatre

"The play shrewdly does not show Corrie dying; it shows her living... Her words bear witness to the deracinating madness of war, a hysteria that infects not only those doing the fighting but also those ambitious to do the saving."
--New Yorker Magazine

"Here is a play where the real dialogue begins when the curtain comes down.  MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE is theater that not only stirs our hearts but sticks in our heads."

"You feel you have not just had a night at the theatre: You have encountered an extraordinary woman…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." 
--Guardian (London)

     For our second show of 2008, Subversive Theatre was proud to team up with the Buffalo United Artists' Theatre to present the play that has brought controversy on two Continents!
     MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE is a one-woman play compiled entirely from the actual journal entries and e-mails of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington who died after being run over by an Israeli Bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.  Edited by British journalist Katherine Viner and actor Alan Rickman (who directed the play's London debut), this one-act play beautifully depicts Rachel Corrie's breathtaking transformation from a young idealist into the determined activist who chose to risk everything for her beliefs.  
Click below for more info...
-- About the Cast & Crew
-- Return to the MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE Mainpage
-- Rehearsal Photos

-- Buffalo News Preview 3/7/08
-- Buffalo News Review 3/9/08
-- Myths & Facts about Rachel Corrie from ISM
-- Rachel's Father's interview with Democracy Now!
-- Alan Rickman fights censorship
-- The play about the censorship of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
-- Rachel's Mother's open letter to the Boston Globe

     MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE was at the center of a storm of controversy in 2006 when it's American debut was suddenly cancelled by the New York Theatre Workshop after the theatre's largely Jewish subscriber base objected to the play's pro-Palestinian content.  This incident brought forward whirlwind of progressive-minded theatre artists -- including Harold Pinter, Vanessa Redgrave, and Alan Rickman -- to speak out against this frightening case of censorship.
     The play was eventually performed at a different theatre in New York (the Minetta Lane Theatre, Oct 2006).  But subsequent productions in Miami and Toronto have also been cancelled under similar circumstances.  When the Contemporary American Theatre Festival performed the play last Summer, the Festival's main sponsor cut off $100,000 in funding!
     All this is a sobering reminder that those with money and influence still think they can dictate what is and is not allowed on the American Stage.  Subversive Theatre was proud to stand up against this atmosphere of intimidation and censorship and bring Buffalo a play that many theatres would not have the courage to touch.
     Our production of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE was presented at the Main Street Cabaret under the direction of Tim Klein and enjoyed a tour-de-force performance by Subversive troupe member Katie White* as Rachel Corrie -- a role that would ultimately earn Katie a nomination for "Outstanding Actress in a Play" at the 2008 Artie Awards.    
     Here's a more detailed list of who did what:

Rachel Corrie . . . . . . Katie White*

Director . . . . . . . . . Timothy Klein
Stage Manager . .  Caitlin Coleman
Sound Designer . . .  John Shotwell
Poster Design . . . . . . .  Ben Seigel
Web Design . Kurt Schneiderman*

Jeanette Schneiderman*
Kurt Schneiderman*

     Special thanks for technical equipment and assistance with this production goes out to Dave Pape, Chester Popiolkowski, and the Ujima Theatre Company. 

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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