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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 12:55 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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In the Guardian, the play's director Alan Rickman denounced the decision as "censorship", stating "Rachel Corrie lived in nobody's pocket but her own. Whether one is sympathetic with her or not, her voice is like a clarion in the fog and should be heard."

James Nicola stated "I don't think we were worried about the audience, I think we were more worried that those who had never encountered her writing, never encountered the piece, would be using this as an opportunity to position their arguments."

Strange that he should be worried about people who have never encountered her writing, and so removes the opportunity to let people encounter her writing and decide for themselves. What kind of pressure could Mr. Nicola have faced that would lead to such a decision from a theatre with a history of producing controversial works?

Rachel's mother Cindy wonders, "Why are people so afraid of Rachel's words?" We ask the same question and are determined to give people the opportunity to hear those words.


"THE WORLD WIDE ACTION

Over a 24-hour period throughout March 16,the third anniversary of Rachel's death, activists in cities world-wide in a public space reading (with or without a loud-speaker or microphone) Rachel's e-mails and journal entries.

Fliers can be distributed to passers-by encouraging them to ask the question for themselves:

Why are people so frightened of Rachel Corrie's words? New York activists please note that March 16th coincides with the gala opening of the Made in Palestine exhibition (6-9PM), and the Free the P Hip-hop Slam & Party (show starts 9:30PM). Please plan accordingly so as not to overlap events."

http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/03/1805807.php


And Mr. Magoo continue calling me all the names you want if it makes your big, fat ego feel better but again YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR ME. I will do what I want with my time. Why can't you understand this simple concept? No amount of taunting, name calling and bulldozing from you will stop it.

You obviously have alot of time to waste yourself (pot calling the kettle black) by commenting on how I spend my time here.

Dance puppet dance. (Oh the power I have over you)

hahaha

This is where you start commenting on my brain cells again .... you're so darn predictable to boot.

[ 14 March 2006: Message edited by: mary123 ]


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writer
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posted 14 March 2006 01:00 PM      Profile for writer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
And how are you honouring Rachel's memory with that last bit?

Could we all please stop with the personal baiting? If folks want to taunt each other like four year olds, please do so using private messages, rather than through a service that can be read around the world. It's embarrassing. If someone is insulting you in a way you think breaks babble policy, let a moderator know, rather than dragging the whole board down into a tedious flame war.

Many thanks.

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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 01:11 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Play about activist's death pulled; Iowa aunt saddened
Tensions expressed by New York City Jews cut short the production of "My Name is Rachel Corrie."

MARY CHALLENDER
March 14, 2006

An ongoing controversy involving a critically acclaimed British play and censorship in the New York theater world has a Des Moines connection.


quote:
"My Name is Rachel Corrie," which is based on Corrie's journals and e-mails from the age of 12 or so through her death, offers a third Corrie, one much closer to the fun-loving young woman that Cheryl Brodersen, her aunt in Denison, remembers dancing at a wedding just months before her death.

"The play was just something wonderful for all of us," Brodersen said. "It showed Rachel for the fun, for the human, person she was. Her pain at seeing what was happening in occupied territories flowed as well as her wit. She was a beautiful writer. This play was something that brought hope."


quote:
A 53-year-old nurse at Crawford County Hospital, Brodersen said her niece's death has changed her. A woman who in her previous life would have balked at calling a newspaper about an issue that concerned her, Brodersen is now considering an independent run for the U.S. House of Representatives against Republican Steve King.

"When I get discouraged about all this, when I get discouraged about that play, get discouraged about the silence in Congress, you just remember her standing in front of that bulldozer," Brodersen said. "You're not going to stop. I'm not going to stop."


http://tinyurl.com/jd9lq


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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 01:15 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
writer if you had read the insulting taunts Mr. Magoo had hurled towards me and others who disagreed with him, maybe your wouldn't have written what you wrote.

I will defend myself and my right to free speech from the taunting bullies out there who would try to embarrass me with their verbal insults.

writer if you read the previous 2 threads on this censorship issue, you would have a better understanding.

Many thanks.

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C.Morgan
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posted 14 March 2006 01:18 PM      Profile for C.Morgan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So posting and reposting and reposting on the exact same thing helps how?

Why not just use a different theater anyway? I hear New York has hundreds of em.


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posted 14 March 2006 01:19 PM      Profile for writer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I will defend myself and my right to free speech from the taunting bullies out there who would try to embarrass me with their verbal insults.

And the best way to do so is to contact the moderators and explain the issue in a reasoned and reasonable manner. Going down to the level you accuse others of living at does nothing for your position.

I have read the other threads, and am not eager to repeat the experience. I am seeing the memory of a great woman being dragged into the muck of cheap spite. Please stop.

I am asking everyone involved in this flame war to stop.

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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 01:35 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Eventually I'm sure they will start looking for a new theatre. But based on the success of this group shutting down the first theatre, other theatres will also shut out this play.

The political climate has people in America scared and fearful for expressing judgements against Bush and the republicans. There is a climate of fear in America. Ask AE our American political commentator. His posts have vividly described the America I am talking about.

But in the mean time the censorship issue of shutting down a theatre production because it goes against the political agenda of certain groups of people in New York is very troubling indeed.

Let the production "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" have one run at least in the theatre that IT WAS SUPPOSED TO RUN IN. Many Broadway and off Broadway productions close after 1 day, I week, I month. This is the way theatre production is supposed to run. "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" was not even given this chance.

The point is censorship. If this group of people have had success in shutting down production of the play because of political interference they will do it again at other theatres. They have had success once against a prestigious theatre company they will easily intimidate other smaller companies.

It's a censorship issue that needs to be dealt with from the source. Finding another theatre company is no guarantee against the bullies who would try to censor it again.

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Mr. Magoo
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posted 14 March 2006 02:04 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I am asking everyone involved in this flame war to stop.

If Mary would like to promptly remove the taunts in the first post, I'll be happy to.

And if, like the last time I made this offer to her, she declines, I'll come back and we'll burn this thread up.


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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 02:04 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The esteemed and talented playwright Harold Pinter weighs in on the censoring of the play "I Am Rachel Corrie" in an interview with The Guardian.

Harold Pinter wrote:

quote:
... though I'm alarmed at what has happened to My Name Is Rachel Corrie in New York [the play recently co-edited from Corrie's diaries and letters by Alan Rickman and Guardian features editor Katharine Viner] ... The real fact there, as you know, is that Rachel Corrie was a young American woman who was looking at the Palestinian situation in Israel when one of the bulldozers that was demolishing Palestinian houses ran over and killed her ...

But that play has now been withdrawn by the producing theatre in New York and that is, I think, typical of what is happening more and more in Britain and America: suppression of dissent and the truth. I'd just point to the example of the prohibition of protest within a certain area outside the Houses of Parliament. One woman walked into this zone and read out the names of British soldiers killed in Iraq of whom at that time there were about 80. She was arrested, fined and now has a criminal record. What she was actually doing, in reading the names of the British dead outside the Houses of Parliament, was reminding people in Parliament of their ultimate responsibility. So the lid was put on her straight away.


http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1730313,00.html


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mary123
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posted 14 March 2006 02:23 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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ICAHD: Come on Thursday to a Reading of Rachel Corrie's Words

JERUSALEM, March 13, 2006 (WAFA)- The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions called on public to attend on Thursday a reading of Rachel Corrie's words by ICAHD Advocacy Officer, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein.

The reading, that will take place at ICAHD activists' centre in West Jerusalem, is to commemorate the third anniversary of the US peace activist Rachel Corrie's Murder on March 16, 2003, when an Israeli soldier used a Caterpillar bulldozer to crush to death 23-year old activist while she was protesting the demolition of a home belonging to Samir Nasrallah, a Palestinian physician, in Rafah south of the Gaza Strip.

In a press release, ICAHD said: This is part of worldwide solidarity against indefinite "postponement" of the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" by the Royal Court Theatre in New York.

The press release added: A multitude of such readings will take place in Basra, Cairo, Montreal, Kosovo, Nigeria, America etc. As of today, 40 groups and over 250 individuals have endorsed the initiative from dozens of cities in countries all over the world, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Thailand, UK and USA.


http://english.wafa.ps/bodym.asp?id=5250


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Michelle
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posted 14 March 2006 02:24 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is ridiculous. An opening post like that, and gosh, I wonder if this will be a productive thread?

I'm closing this. Feel free to start a new thread if you actually want to discuss this issue instead of having a pissing match. But if your new thread is started the way this one was, I'll close it too.


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