OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU Theatre presents ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’

10/05/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play detailing the experience of a student from Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, will show at Oregon State University Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25.

The play will take place in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis. There will be free pre-show lectures in the green room of the theater at 6:30 p.m. each night exploring the Middle Eastern events that formed some of the background of the play. Discussions of the play will follow every performance.

Tickets are available at the door. A $2 donation is suggested for tickets.

Written by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner, the play tells the story of Rachel Corrie, a young woman driven by her need to make a positive difference in the world. Inspired by her story, and with permission from her family, Rickman and Viner edited Corrie’s diaries, journals and e-mails to create a fascinating and moving portrait of this young woman.

Newsweek said that the play is “theater that not only stirs our hearts but sticks in our heads.” Time Out (London) said that the original production had “extraordinary power.” The London Guardian said the play will “send us out enriched by other people’s passionate concerns.”

The role of Corrie will be performed by Elizabeth Helman, director of the 2009 Bard in the Quad’s “Twelfth Night” and a faculty member in theater arts at OSU. The play is directed by Charlotte Headrick and the design is by George Caldwell. Cassandra Kornman is the stage manager for the production.

This play contains language and situations that are not suitable for young audiences.

The Department of Anthropology, the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Center for the Humanities, and the University Theatre of Oregon State University are sponsoring the event.