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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Corrie" in Seattle

"To provide the venue or time for anyone who has a differing point of view to what a particular playwright puts forth in their work would be ... an overwhelming and impossible task."

-Seattle Rep, getting it right on their production of "My Name is Rachel Corrie."

As Misha Berson's Seattle Times article shows, there's been some of the usual objections raised, but in a quieter fashion than in NY. The ads taken out in the program by anti-Palestinian groups strike me as a totally appropriate venue for "the other side."

Rep AD David Esbjornson--a high-profile director with a reputation to protect--also stands by the choice in clear and utterly sensible terms.

This is about a native daughter of our area....I wanted to do it because it has really wonderful observations, and some really beautiful language, and real heart. But the bigger motive is for us as a culture to engage in a dialogue. We have to open this subject up for discussion.
Sometimes handling controversy can be civilized.

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