MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
--- a story that shocked the world ...
based on the diaries of Rachel Corrie,
adapted for the stage by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
performed by Marta Paganelli and Adriano Russo (guitar)
Directed by Marta Paganelli
21, 23 March 20.30, 24 March 15.00
Please note that the Italian version has been cancelled!
Het Nationale Toneel (nxt door to Koninklijke Schouwburg)
Schouwburgstraat 8, 2511 VA The Hague
€ 10,00 CJP and Students - € 19,50 Full Price
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BOX OFFICE Nationale Toneel (Schouwburgstraat 8 so NOT the ROYAL THEATRE) opens 19.30 hrs
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MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
What does the word “hero” mean?
Rachel Corrie was born in Olympia, Washington, April 10, 1979. Before completing her studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, on January 25, 2003, she joined the International Solidarity Movement, a non-profit organization that supports Palestinian non-violent resistance.
She decided to go to the Gaza Strip. While she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home, she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003 - now 10 years ago!
My Name is Rachel Corrie is a monologue set to music and divided in two parts.The second part is taken from Rachel’s diaries and writings in the Gaza. She kept her eyes wide open to share her experiences in a land, where it is so difficult to understand the meaning of the word “normal”.
In the first part of the performance she describes the important events of her life before her going to Gaza: her schools, her first delusions, her relationships both with relatives and friends, her love for the arts. The woman that comes out of this script is tender, muddle-headed and full of questions about life. What is it that pushes us to say “yes” in our lives? To decide whether to react or to renounce and stay silent?
Rachel believed deeply in her choices. Rachel wasn't a saint nor a traitor, she was serious, clumsy and full of talent. She was a “normal” girl like so many others.
She decided to travel because she could not understand the world that the media showed her. She decided to say “Yes” to the impulse which told her to act.
This show tells about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but it is actually more than anything about consciousness and the will to act. Often we feel powerless at vital crossroads in history, as politics seem so far removed from everyday life. How can we start to “act” in a world in which our choices seem to be useless?
Rachel's voice was one of many. Voices that want to break down the walls of silence around us. In a world where we receive endless so-called ‘information” every day, again and again. Rachel softly tells us her story, without trying to give answers or be a heroine. And in doing so she shows the strength of a normal person in a world of giants.
Marta studied drama at the prestigious Academy of Drama Silvio D’Amico in Rome. She also attended the Ecole du Theatre National, Strasburg.
In October 2012 she was awarded the Anna Pancirolli award for My Name is Rachel Corrie.
It is for the first time she works in Holland.