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Play About Demonstrator's Death Is Delayed [Rachel Corrie]
New York Times ^ | February 28, 2006 | JESSE McKINLEY

Posted on 02/28/2006 10:20:26 AM PST by West Coast Conservative

A potential Off Broadway production of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," an acclaimed solo show about an American demonstrator killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to stop the destruction of a Palestinian home, has been postponed because of concerns about the show's political content.

The production, a hit at the Royal Court Theater in London last year, had been tentatively scheduled to start performances at the New York Theater Workshop in the East Village on March 22. But yesterday, James C. Nicola, the artistic director of the workshop, said he had decided to postpone the show after polling local Jewish religious and community leaders as to their feelings about the work.

"The uniform answer we got was that the fantasy that we could present the work of this writer simply as a work of art without appearing to take a position was just that, a fantasy," he said.

In particular, the recent electoral upset by Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, and the sickness of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, had made "this community very defensive and very edgy," Mr. Nicola said, "and that seemed reasonable to me."

The play, which received strong reviews in London, follows the story of Rachel Corrie, an idealistic American demonstrator and Palestinian-rights activist who was crushed to death in March 2003 in the Gaza Strip.

The play was written by the actor Alan Rickman, who directed the piece, and Katherine Viner, a journalist at The Guardian newspaper in London, who pieced together snippets of Ms. Corrie's journals and e-mail messages to create the script. And while the show had not been formally announced, Ms. Viner said yesterday that she and Mr. Rickman had already bought plane tickets to see the production at the workshop.

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1 posted on 02/28/2006 10:20:30 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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2 posted on 02/28/2006 10:20:58 AM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The play would have flopped like a pancake.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 10:22:09 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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I didn't know Alan Rickman was a nutjob.


4 posted on 02/28/2006 10:23:34 AM PST by Junior_G
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...when Palistinians are killed by bulldozers it's a crime and worthy of a stage play.

When Americans are killed by jets flying into buildings it's cause we deserve it and isn't worth mentioning.


5 posted on 02/28/2006 10:24:21 AM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Call me stupid,but I tend to step aside when I see a 20 ton bulldozer heading my way.

But that's just me.

6 posted on 02/28/2006 10:24:32 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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Remember the story about her parents having to flee to Israel because the palis had threatened them? LOL
7 posted on 02/28/2006 10:24:42 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: West Coast Conservative; sure_fine
"...the story of Rachel Corrie, an idealistic American demonstrator and Palestinian-rights activist..."

"...the story of Rachel Corrie, an idealistic idiotic American demonstrator and Palestinian-rights activist asswipe..."

There; that's more accurate.

8 posted on 02/28/2006 10:25:00 AM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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The sponsor?


9 posted on 02/28/2006 10:26:09 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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Saint Pancake bump


10 posted on 02/28/2006 10:26:23 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

If they want to present it as a fantasy, why not fictionalize the character, rather than saying it's a story about Rachel Corrie and then claiming not to take a political view on the subject?


11 posted on 02/28/2006 10:27:31 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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Sponsor II


12 posted on 02/28/2006 10:27:40 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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Comedy? Irony? Tragedy? Just send me the Cliffnote version instead.


13 posted on 02/28/2006 10:28:37 AM PST by printhead
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I heard the performances were a little flat.


14 posted on 02/28/2006 10:29:08 AM PST by GSWarrior (Fire Mike Montgomery now!)
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Brief translation of the article:

London is more antisemitic than New York.


15 posted on 02/28/2006 10:29:46 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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I heard the performances were a little flat.

Two-dimensional, in fact.

16 posted on 02/28/2006 10:30:51 AM PST by relictele
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"London is more antisemitic than New York."

That's what I got from the article.


17 posted on 02/28/2006 10:31:21 AM PST by L98Fiero
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"The play was written by the actor Alan Rickman"

I used to like Alan Rickman and some of his work.

Now he's just another anti-semitic, anti-American leftist scum actor to cross off of my list of actors and "celebrities" who work I will patronize.

Maybe if enough of us stop going to the movies and putting our money down, they might start to get the message to keep their fatuous, suicidial pseudo political thoughts and rantings to themselves.


18 posted on 02/28/2006 10:31:41 AM PST by garyhope (Peace through superior firepower, A-10's, C-130Y gunships, rational thought and pragmatism.)
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Wow, I guess the lack of interest from the general public has slowed production to the speed of a caterpillar.


19 posted on 02/28/2006 10:32:52 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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}:-)4


20 posted on 02/28/2006 10:33:18 AM PST by Moose4 ("I will shoulder my musket and brandish my sword/In defense of this land and the word of the Lord")
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