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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

bootlegged "Corrie"

Many thanks to commenter "Anne" for posting some excerpts from the hard-to-obtain script of My Name is Rachel Corrie in Comments below.

Imagine the pure theatrical power right now if an actress addressed these words to a New York audience from the stage of a downtown theatre:

The scariest thing for non-Jewish Americans in talking about Palestinian self-determination is the fear of being or sounding anti-Semitic. The people of Israel are suffering and Jewish people have a long history of oppression. We still have some responsibility for that, but I think it's important to draw a firm distinction between the policies of Israel as a state, and Jewish people.

That's kind of a no-brainer, but there is very strong pressure to conflate the two. I try to ask myself, whose interest does it serve to identify Israeli policy with all Jewish people?

Agree or not, such provocations are desperately needed in our drama at present.

Read more excerpts from the script here. (Scroll down to "Anne." Of course, feel free to comment yourself--but please do so here not there.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As Anne says, will sell you a copy, as will the UK publisher's website ( A US edition is in production, to be published shortly by Theatre Communications Group ( but in the meantime they are distributing the UK edition.