Sunday, December 24, 2006


The life story of Rachel Corrie will not be playing on stage in Toronto after all:

The Canadian Stage Company is no longer considering staging a controversial play about an activist killed in Israel.

Can Stage will not produce My Name is Rachel Corrie, a play about a young American killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 while protesting in the Gaza Strip.

Artistic producer Martin Bragg yesterday denied reports the play was ever officially part of its upcoming season. The play was one of many on a preliminary list that was subject to change, he said.

Mr. Bragg said he was originally interested in the play based on its script. He said he changed his mind when he saw a production of it in New York.

In a theatre that was just one-third full, the audience wasn't engaged during the show and showed little enthusiasm for the production.

"The play wasn't striking a chord," he said. "Did the issue strike a chord? Absolutely. But the play wasn't."

Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl goes to Gaza. Girl meets bulldozer. The end. What a story.

Source: National Post

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