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Friday, March 17, 2006

"a verbal agreement"

Reuters has Jim Nicola on the record for the first time acknowledging a "verbal agreement" with the Royal Court (but "but no formal contract") to produce My Name is Rachel Corrie.

A good question that was waiting to be asked. According to the timeline emerging from Philip Weiss's Nation cover story, that "agreement" seems to have been before late January, since that's when he claims the Court "began to sense apprehension."

Otherwise, not much other news. A little bias evident against the play (or is that just "balance") by ending with:

When it opened in London in April 2005, reviews were generally positive, although The Times newspaper said some scenes offered a one-sided portrayal of the Middle East conflict it called "unvarnished propaganda.''
What they don't mention is that The Times (of London)--the one negative review always cited--is owned by these folks.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Playgoer, thanks for all the effort to keep this issue in the public eye. This blog has been a very valuable resource. Keep it up, please.

Mark said...

.. or that and even the staunchly Zionist ‘Daily Telegraph’ hailed the play as "Powerful, thought-provoking and deeply moving"

.. or that it was the biggest straight play winner at last year’s Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, triumphing in three categories: Best New Play, Best Solo Performance for Dodds and Best Director for Rickman and was also nominated for 'Outstanding Achievement' at this year's Laurence Olivier Awards.

.. or the fact that the play is so powerful that the Church of England immediately felt morally obliged to make an ethical statement and ditch its entire multi-million pound stake in Caterpillar Inc, even though all previous boycott campaigns had failed to make any sort of impression on them?