By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
The real Rachel Corrie, as a girl
Does theater have a responsibility to be even-handed? Does polemical theater have a responsibility to be anything other than propaganda?
Or is the responsibility of theater merely to be good theater?
All of those thoughts, and more, ran through my mind during My Name is Rachel Corrie, Empty Spaces Theatre Co.’s production of the controversial Alan Rickman-Katherine Viner drama, which is onstage at Lowndes Shakespeare Center only through Sunday night.
Empty Spaces Theatre co. is using its next production, the controversial drama My Name is Rachel Corrie, to propel a community dialogue about the issues in this play about the death of a young American woman in the Gaza Strip.
Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while she was demonstrating for Palestinians in 2003. Her death sparked more turmoil, and the play itself — written by actor-director Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner, based on Corrie’s writings — has proved to be wildly controversial.
Empty Spaces will present the play Feb. 24-28 and will feature talkbacks after each show. Here’s more: