OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ to be presented at Majestic Theatre

01/11/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – After a successful run of its production of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Oregon State University theater program will perform the play one more time at on Sunday, Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

The play, which details the experience of a student at Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, received rave reviews during its October run at OSU.

Cindy Corrie, the mother of title character Rachel Corrie, wrote to the play’s director, Charlotte Headrick, to say: “I continue to tell people about the effective production of ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ at OSU and how so much was built around it on campus and in the community.”

The Jan. 17 production will be a benefit for the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 541-738-7469 or online at www.majestic.org.

Written by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner, the play follows the life of Rachel Corrie, a young student from Olympia, Wash. killed on March 16, 2003, while in the process of inserting herself into the Israel-Palestine conflict. She died in Rafah, a town in the southern Gaza Strip, where she went to work with the International Solidarity Movement. Its members acted as “human shields” against the demolition of Palestinian houses being cleared by the Israeli military.

The text for the play was edited from her journals and e-mails spanning from her childhood up through her experiences in Palestine. The role of Rachel will be performed by Elizabeth Helman, director of OSU’s 2009 Bard in the Quad production of “Twelfth Night” and a faculty member in theater arts at OSU.

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

For more information, call 541-758-7827.