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'My Name is Rachel Corrie' Set for BC Stage Feb. 21-24

A one-woman play based on the writings of a 23-year-old American who was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer will be presented at Bridgewater College Feb. 21-24 in Cole Hall.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie,” which is presented by Theatre at Bridgewater, was taken from Corrie’s writings and edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 – 23 and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24. A talk-back will be held following each performance. Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy, will take part in the Friday, Feb. 22 talk-back. Reservations are required and tickets may be reserved by calling 540-828-5631. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and non-BC students.

This production, directed by Dr. Scott W. Cole, associate professor of theater at Bridgewater College, is recommended for mature audiences.

Ten years ago, on March 16, 2003, Corrie, a 23-year-old American from Olympia, Wash., was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in the Gaza strip as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” is composed from Corrie’s journals, letters and emails – creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, young woman who left her home and school to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since its first performance, the play has raised difficult questions about problems without easy solutions.  

Playing the role of Corrie is Jessie Houff, a senior art major with a minor in theater from Bridgewater, Va.

Aislinn H. Mirsch, a junior international studies major with a minor in cultural studies from Cottage Grove, Ore., will perform the role of Corrie during the 3 p.m. Saturday matinée.

James E. Custer, a sophomore English major with a minor in theater from Dayton, Va., is assistant director.

John L. Krehbiel Jr., a senior sociology and international studies double major from McPherson, Kan., is serving as dramaturge.

Morgan Elkins, a junior communication studies major with a minor in theater from Cloverdale, Va., is in charge of costume design.

Rebecca M. Haines, a junior history major with a minor in theater from Taneytown, Md., is stage manager.

The Corries will present their daughter’s story and their own work with the people of Palestine and Israel at 4 p.m. Feb. 22, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. The presentation is sponsored by the Kline-Bowman Endowment for Creative Peacebuilding and is open to the public at no charge.

Posted on 2/7/13

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