‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ – play at La Boite

Attached is the flier and some other information for the “My Name is Rachel Corrie” play. The play is bring performed at the La Boite theatre on Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove. Here is an email you could forward on if you wanted to invite some people.

Presented by Bella Shanley and La Boite Indie.

Rachel Corrie was an American college student and activist who travelled to Palestine as a part of peaceful demonstrations in the Gaza Strip. On March 16th, 2003 she was killed while trying to prevent an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a house in a Palestinian residential area. The details of the events surrounding Corrie’s death are disputed. The Israeli Defence Force claims it was an accident; others claim she was run over deliberately.

A celebration of one young woman’s moral strength and belief. Powerful and controversial: a politically provocative night in the theatre.

This production sees theatre director Shane Anthony assemble a talented creative team of local and interstate artists.

Production Credits

Director | Shane Anthony
Designer | Bruce McKinven
Lighting Design | Jason Glenwright
Composition | Chris Perren
Assistant Director | Robbie O’Brien
With | Julia Billington
Production Manager | Justin Marshman

  • PERFORMANCE DATES
    Previews 27 & 28 Oct
    Opening Night 29 Oct
    Season 27 Oct – 14 Nov
  • PERFORMANCE TIMES
    Tuesday – Wednesday 6.30pm
    Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm
    Sunday 5pm
    Matinees 11am Tuesday 2 Nov & Thursday 4 Nov
  • TICKETS
    Previews $25 / $22
    Full Price $28
    Concession $25
    30 years and under $20
    2-Play Package (with The New Dead: Medea Material) $45

For tickets visit: www.laboite.com.au or ph: (07) 3007 8600
Venue: La Boite Theatre, Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove.

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4 thoughts on “‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ – play at La Boite

  1. Well my mum is planning to attend this play at La Boite ( I think there is a discussion after the performance on Wed. night)?, originally staged in London by Alan Rickman.

    By the by, I attended a workshop on Palestine at the recent London Anarchist Bookfair.

    There was a young zionist in the audience that kept disrupting the speaker with baseless anti-semitic accusations.

    At one point later in the presentation he yells out,
    “You people are anti-semetic you don’t even believe in the two state solution!”
    I turned around to him and yelled,
    “Fuck me mate, we’re at an anarchist conference, we don’t believe in any state solutions!”
    That seemed to shut him up for a while! Touche!

  2. loewdabulla says:

    THE FORGOTTEN RACHELS

    Rachel Levy, 17, blown up in a Jerusalem grocery store
    Rachel Charhi, 36, blown up while sitting in a café

    Rachel Gavish, 50, killed with her husband and son while at home
    Rachel Kol, 53, who worked for 20 years in the neurology lab at
    Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital,murdered with her husband in a
    drive-by shooting by the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in
    July 2005 (in the midst of a supposed Palestinian truce)

    Rachel Ben Abu, 16, killed with her teenage friends by a suicide
    bomber at the Netanya shopping mall, in July 2005 (in the midst
    of a supposed Palestinian truce)
    Rachel Shabo, 40, murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 6,while sitting at home

    By Tom Gross, Oct. 22, 2005
    RACHEL Thaler, aged 16, was blown up at a pizzeria in an Israeli shopping mall. She died after an 11-day struggle for life following a suicide bomb attack on a crowd of teenagers on 16 February 2002.

    Even though Thaler was a British citizen, born in London, where her grandparents still live, her death has never been mentioned in a British newspaper.

    Rachel Corrie, on the other hand, an American radical who died in 2003 while acting as a human shield during an Israeli anti-terror operation in Gaza, has been widely featured in the British press. According to the Guardian website, she has been written about or referred to on 57 separate occasions in the Guardian alone, including three articles the Saturday before last.

    The cult of Rachel Corrie doesn’t stop there. Last week the play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, reopened at the larger downstairs auditorium at the Royal Court Theatre (a venue which the New York Times recently described as “the most important theatre in Europe”). It previously played to sold-out audiences at the upstairs theatre when it opened in April. (It is very rare to revive a play so quickly.)

    On 1 November the “Cantata concert for Rachel Corrie” – co-sponsored by the Arts Council – has its world premiere at the Hackney Empire.

    NOT A CAUSE CÉLÈBRE IN BRITAIN

    But Rachel Thaler, unlike Rachel Corrie, was Jewish. And unlike Corrie, Jewish victims of Middle East violence have not become a cause célèbre in Britain. This lack of response is all the more disturbing at a time when an increasing number of British Jews feel that there has been a sharp rise in anti-Semitism.

    Thaler is by no means the only Jewish Rachel whose violent death has been entirely ignored by the British media. Other victims of the Intifada include Rachel Levy (aged 17, blown up in a grocery store), Rachel Levi (19, shot while waiting for the bus), Rachel Gavish (killed with her husband, son and father while at home celebrating a Passover meal), Rachel Charhi (blown up while sitting in a Tel Aviv cafe, leaving three young children), Rachel Shabo (murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 16 while at home), Rachel Ben Abu (16, blown up outside the entrance of a Netanya shopping mall) and Rachel Kol, 53, who worked at a Jerusalem hospital and was killed with her husband in a Palestinian terrorist attack in July a few days after the London bombs.

    Corrie’s death was undoubtedly tragic but, unlike the death of these other Rachels, it was almost certainly an accident. She was killed when she was hit by an Israeli army bulldozer she was trying to stop from demolishing a structure suspected of concealing tunnels used for smuggling weapons.

    Unfortunately for those who have sought to portray Corrie as a peaceful protester, photos of her burning a mock American flag and stirring up crowds in Gaza at a pro-Hamas rally were published by the Associated Press and on Yahoo News on 15 February 2003, a month before she died. (Those photos were not used in the British press.)

    While Thaler’s parents, after donating their murdered daughter’s organs for transplant surgery, grieved quietly, Corrie’s parents embarked on a major publicity campaign with strong political overtones. They travelled to Ramallah to accept a plaque from Yasser Arafat on behalf of their daughter. They circulated her emails and diary entries to a world media eager to publicise them. They have written op-ed pieces, including a recent one in the Guardian.

    “ARMED STRUGGLE” IS A PALESTINIAN “RIGHT”

    The International Solidarity Movement (ISM), the group with which Corrie was affiliated, is routinely described as a “peace group” in the media. Few make any mention of the ISM’s meeting with the British suicide bombers Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Muhammad Hanif who, a few days later, blew up Mike’s Place, a Tel Aviv pub, killing three and injuring dozens, including British citizens. Or of the ISM’s sheltering in its office of Shadi Sukiya, a leading member of Islamic Jihad. Or of the fact that in its mission statement the ISM said “armed struggle” is a Palestinian “right”.

    According to the “media co-ordinator” of the ISM, Flo Rosovski, “‘Israel’ is an illegal entity that should not exist” – which at any rate clarifies the ISM’s idea of peace.

    Indeed, partly because of the efforts of Corrie’s fellow activists in the ISM, the Israeli army was unable to stop the flow of weapons through the tunnels near where she was demonstrating. Those weapons were later used to kill Israeli children in the town of Sderot in southern Israel, and elsewhere.

    However, in many hundreds of articles on Corrie published in the last two years, most papers have been careful to omit such details. So have actor Alan Rickman and Guardian journalist Katharine Viner, co-creators of My Name is Rachel Corrie, leaving almost all the critics who reviewed the play completely ignorant about the background to the events with which it deals.

    So in April, when reviewers first wrote about the play, they tended to take it completely at face value. “Corrie was murdered after joining a non-violent Palestinian resistance organisation,” wrote Emma Gosnell in the Sunday Telegraph. The Evening Standard, for example, described it as a “true-life tragedy” in which Corrie’s “unselfish goodness shines through”.

    Rachel Corrie, 23, burning a mock
    U.S. flag at a pro-Hamas rally in Gaza

    Only one critic (Clive Davis in the Times) saw the play for the propaganda it is. At one point Corrie declares, “The vast majority of Palestinians right now, as far as I can tell, are engaging in Gandhian non-violent resistance.” As Davis notes, “Even the late Yasser Arafat might have blushed at that one.”

    But ultimately the play, and many of the articles about Corrie that have appeared, are not really about the young American activist who died in such tragic circumstances. They are about promoting a hate-filled and glaringly one-sided view of Israel.

    (Tom Gross is a former Jerusalem correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph.)

    More forgotten victims
    Partly thanks to the efforts of Corrie and her fellow activists, the flow of explosives from Egypt into Gaza continued – and were later used to kill children in southern Israel.

  3. loewdabulla says:

    In July of 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

    Rishmawi said the ISM’s main purpose is to increase international awareness of Palestinian suffering through the involvement of foreign activists, who pay their own way to the West Bank, where they are trained in various methods of nonviolent direct action.

    “When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore,” Rishmawi said. “But if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.”

    Ah, feel the caring for human life…

  4. loewdabulla says:

    Hmmm, you don’t mention that Rachel Corrie was a member of the International Solidarity Movement, a gang that supports Hamas.

    She died “when she knelt in front of an Israeli bulldozer being a human shield while it was clearing suspected weapons smuggling tunnels in Gaza – and NOT a terrorist’s house, which is what the ISM tried to pitch to the international community to garner support for their terrorist-loving cause”.
    (http://smoothstoneblog.com/how-rachel-corrie-really-died)

    These three videos (see website supplied) (each one approx. 9 minutes long) include doctored photos from ISM (see above doctored photo-chopped photograph from the ISM site) The ISM released those photos on their own website maintaining they showed Corrie with a bullhorn confronting the bulldozer that killed her, then moments later after being struck.

    However, a careful examination of the photos showed that scenes were staged with different tractors and at different times. One photo with a superimposed tractor in the foreground and Corrie superimposed with another ISM activist in front of a “doctor’s house,” when enlarged, not only revealed the superimposition techniques, but that the ISM (or PLO photographers who doctored the photos) left off the feet of the two ISM activists…

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