In the neworldtheatre's production of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, the title role of Rachel - a white American peace activist - is being played by Adrienne Wong - an Asian Canadian - and her casting has received more than a few raised eyebrows, according to Adrienne. She says, in Georgia Straight, "[...] if we think that western privilege is limited to colour, then we're being naive. It's about class."
The show was controversial enough even without that twist. The play is a staging of edited diary entries written by the 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was killed by a bulldozer while protesting the Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip. The production has been controversial, booked then canceled in both NYC and in Canada, due to the fear of a backlash.
My Name is Rachel Corrie plays at Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive from Thursday, Jan. 24th to Saturday, Jan. 26th. Keep an eye on the theatre's website for additional events related to the show, such as a panel with Rachel's parents and a photographic exhibit.
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