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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Corrie" @ CATF

According to WaPo, West VA's Contemporary American Theatre Fest's staging of "Rachel Corrie" is helping foster a good helping of holy land plays in and around our nation's capital this summer--including our fellow blogger Jason Grote's 1001 (also at CATF) and David Zellnick's Theodore Herzl play at DC's Theatre J.

Once again, good things can come of controversy. Despite the usual grumbling.

One CATF board member and donor resigned and some regular subscribers canceled after Artistic Director Ed Herendeen chose the play, objecting to its critical portrayal of Israel. CATF Associate Producing Director Peggy McKowen wrote in an e-mail to Backstage [WaPo's theatre column] that subscriptions are "holding steady" compared with the previous two years.
Yes, holding your ground can pay off.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very glad zellnick's play is being done at theater j - but i'm not sure you can credit nyc's corrie controversy. there's a whole festival of isr/pal-related plays at theater j right now, as there has been in years past.