Sunday, March 02, 2008
My Name is Rachel Corrie at Harris
I was glad to see an abundance of introductory material on the table at Harris Methodist Church last night. My Name Is Rachel Corrie cannot be fully understood, I think, in isolation. It's not just the story of the brave, articulate young lady who was murdered by the driver of an Israeli bulldozer while trying to protect the home of a Palestinian family from being destroyed.
Rachel Corrie: Andrea Devon Bertoli
Craig Corrie: Jonathan Larson
Cindy Corrie: Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple
Tom Dale: Danny Prince
Playing next on March 14, 2008 (Friday)
7:00 p.m. at Church of the Crossroads,
Weaver Hall, 1212 University Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826, 949-2220
This also created, at least in my mind, a nascent awareness that Rachel Corrie gave her life while trying to stop the violence, but what about us, in the audience? What have I done lately? And why were there still some empty seats? Every American should see this play. There should be crowds pushing to get in.
Well, the occasional empty seat illustrated the problem. Americans were doing something else last night, something other than concerning themselves with the wholesale slaughter that is befalling others. And it's not just that the bulldozer was made in the USA for the specific purpose of leveling homes. Our support for the killings and the division of the occupied territories into Swiss cheese makes it all possible.
Andrea Devon Bertoli was a moving Rachel Corrie. Her reading made me realize that Rachel was more than the snapshot of her confrontation with the Israeli bulldozer. She had already written extensively and passionately about her convictions and her experiences. She had been writing since her early school years.
Let me leave you with some links from the literature that was available on the table at Harris:
Finally, if you couldn't be at Harris, please consider attending the March 14 reading at Church of the Crossroads. In New York, after the censorship fight, tickets were $65. Here you can attend for free (or for a donation). It's a rare chance to be exposed to Rachel, her life and her writing, as well as learn more about an important world conflict that is happening today.
I'm so excited to read this. Thank you for writing the article so more of us in Hawai'i know that this is going on. It's wonderful that My Name Is Rachel Corrie has come to Hawai'i!