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2009

May 7, 8 and 9 - Charlottesville Debut of “My Name is Rachel Corrie”

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On May 7, 8, & 9 local artist, director, producer M. Hillary brings to the stage the compelling writings of Rachel Corrie as edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner. Starring Claire Covington as Rachel Corrie the play is back-dropped by a chorus of movement in the ruins of the old IX textile mill. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8pm each night.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock,Illinois and locally sponsored by The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, The Ix Project, Lander Creative, Silver Cat Works, Al Dente Ristorante and The Virginia Organizing Project

Tickets are $10 for adults / $5 for students and are available at Ristorante Al Dente (925 Second Street SE, the Ix Building) Tuesday through Sunday or by calling Lander Creative at 434.296.7915. Cash or checks please, no credit cards.


ABOUT THE PLAY:
On March 16, 2003, a twenty-three-year-old woman from Washington State was crushed to death in Gaza under a bulldozer operated by the Israeli army. Wearing the blaze orange jacket of a human shield, she planted herself in the path of the bulldozer as it headed toward the home of a Palestinian pharmacist. It ran over her, twice. No one was held accountable. When Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner decided to produce a play about Rachel Corrie, they delved through her journals and letters going back to high school. What they read changed their minds about hiring a writer. “She’s done it on her own,” Viner said. “Rachel’s voice is the only voice you have to hear.”
The premiere of “My Name is Rachel Corrie”, in a 100-seat theater at the Royal Court in London, was highly acclaimed and bids to stage the production came from all over the world, including Israel. Ironically, Rachel’s homeland proved one of the countries least hospitable to her tale. It tried to land in New York, but was turned away in a storm of controversy. Many things have been said about Rachel Corrie. Rickman and Viner remove the ideological filters so audiences can judge for themselves. “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is the voice not of someone who knows but of someone who seeks to know. It has the clarity to wonder, the insight to reflect and the heart to see the suffering of people others consider insignificant. It is the voice of the idealist strain in American tradition.

ABOUT M. HILLARY:
Educated in both the fine arts and technical theater design, M. Hillary likes to fuse the two disciplines until the line between them is seemingly nonexistent. She has spent the majority of her time designing for professional theater companies, building installation art, and choreographing performance art in New York,Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She has been on the board of the United States Institute for Technical Theater (USITT), East Hawaii Cultural Center, and Hawaii’s Ka Huina Gallery.

ABOUT CLAIRE COVINGTION: Every time she performs Rachel Corrie, she forgets Claire Covington a little more. First she forgets studying theater at Mary Washington. Then she forgets the lines for all of the other plays that she is currently working on. Sometimes, even childhood memories of life on a small farm in Virginia melt away. All that remains is the philosophy that her father drilled into her about the news reports coming in from Israel, Palestine, and theMiddle East -- where her brother is right now -- and the beautiful words of a girl who gave her life to try to change the world. She is very proud to be part of this project.

To learn more, visit The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice at www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

To set up an interview with the director or actor contact Sherri Smith at sherri@landercreative.com