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aka Mycroft
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posted 29 May 2008 06:38 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aspiring actor rises to stage
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"There are people going to be coming into the theatre saying she was naive, she was a dupe, she was a terrorist," says the young actor about playing the title role in My Name is Rachel Corrie, now in previews at Tarragon Theatre prior to a June 4 opening.

"But I knew absolutely nothing about her or her case when I was cast in the role and I think that was the best way to be.

"I discovered the woman on her own terms, piece by piece, and that's what I think the audience should do."

Corrie, of course, was the 23-year-old Olympia, Wash., resident who was run over by an armoured Israeli bulldozer in 2003 while taking part in a Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.

Whether the driver acted deliberately or accidentally and whether Corrie was a political martyr or a piece of collateral damage has never been settled.

And since this play – based on her diaries, emails and poetry – was released in London in 2005, it's caused a storm of controversy around the world (see sidebar).

That's why it's wonderful that Jillard came to the work fresh, with no political or religious preconceptions.

"There was something really awakening about discovering the woman through her writing," she insists. "I was really inspired by her, blown away by her, actually. Not just for what she said, but the way she crafted her writing. It's like you're hearing another artist."



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WHAT: My Name is Rachel Corrie

WHEN: Tonight to June 22

WHERE: Tarragon Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave.

TICKETS: $15-$35 at 416-531-1827 or
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posted 29 May 2008 06:45 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Whether the driver acted deliberately or accidentally and whether Corrie was a political martyr or a piece of collateral damage has never been settled.

Really? I was under the impression that the Caterpillar driver backed over her, after he ran over her, just to make sure she was dead.

In any case, I hope they have good security. I wouldn't be surprised by JDL or Zionist terrorists trying to disrupt the performance.


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posted 29 May 2008 06:57 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by N.Beltov:

Really? I was under the impression that the Caterpillar driver backed over her, after he ran over her, just to make sure she was dead.

In any case, I hope they have good security. I wouldn't be surprised by JDL or Zionist terrorists trying to disrupt the performance.


The Star story is the lead item in the paper's entertainment section today, complete with a large picture of the actor and the sidebar. I'm sure the folks who lobbied CanStage to cancel the play last time it was due to open in Toronto aren't pleased.


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posted 29 May 2008 07:12 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Stop Caterpillar corporate profits before human rights (YouTube)
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posted 30 May 2008 07:08 AM      Profile for Blairza     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Congradulations and thanks to Tarragon Theatre!
It's been bizarre watching and listening to the resistance put up to this play.
An American pacifist is being treated like a terrorist. .

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posted 30 May 2008 09:54 AM      Profile for Petsy        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What are you babbling about. I have seen no articles or media anywhere about an attempt to stop this play from being staged for Tarragon.
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posted 30 May 2008 09:58 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Possibly that the play was cancelled while in production in New York due to preassure from pro-Israeli Zionist organizations. That is what I immediatly thought of when I read that.
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posted 30 May 2008 10:00 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Censored in Toronto.

You're from Toronto, aren't you, Petsy? Been under a rock, have you?


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posted 30 May 2008 10:02 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh! Here to. I thought we were possibily above that shit. Guess not.
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posted 30 May 2008 10:44 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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From the Toronto Star Dec. 24. The alternate version being told among CanStage insiders: Members of Bragg’s board were alarmed by negative response from influential supporters of the theatre, especially in Toronto’s Jewish community, who were canvassed for their opinion. Many were dismayed and openly critical when confronted with the prospect of the city’s flagship not-for-profit theatre producing a play that could be construed as anti-Semitic propaganda, especially during a frightening period when Israel’s existence is threatened by Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

What a load of crap. A true story cannot be shown here, in Canada, because some right wingers decide it may impact Israel's existence? Yeah, because Israel has no nuclear weapons, and is the underdog amongst the middle east countries. What a bunch of bullshit.

Where is the outrage from the Jewish "mainstream" community? Ohara? Petsy?? You both claim to speak for "mainstream Jews" (although my Jewish boyfriend certainly doesn't think so), so what are your thoughts on this? And what are your thoughts on the many Jews in Toronto who apparently are not "mainstream". Do their voices count at all?


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posted 30 May 2008 10:50 AM      Profile for johnpauljones     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I do not know who has seen the play who is a babbler. I saw the play in 2005 at the Royal Court Theatre in London England shortly after it opened.

I am against the play not because of the content but because it was not a good play.

I just did not enjoy the production. I go to probably 40 - 50 plays and musicals a year both in Toronto, New York, London (when I am across the pond), Stratford, Shaw etc.

While Megan Dodds went on to win awards for the production it was only after changes had been made to the staging etc. I saw it when it first opened. The production that won awards had been "played with" as most productions in London are.

So if the play I saw were to play in Toronto I would not go because it just was not that good.


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posted 30 May 2008 10:51 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, it is good to see, that someone has the guts to bring it back to Toronto, after it was censored.
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posted 30 May 2008 10:53 AM      Profile for Petsy        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by N.Beltov:
Censored in Toronto.

You're from Toronto, aren't you, Petsy? Been under a rock, have you?



No rock Beltov, I was talking about the tarragon staging...need glasses Beltov?

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posted 30 May 2008 11:02 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As a matter of fact, I do wear glasses. But I'm not short of a conscience, which is a much more important item. Look it up.
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posted 30 May 2008 01:24 PM      Profile for ohara        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What has Petsy's conscience to do with the fact that no one has complained about the Rachel Corrie play being put on by Tarragon?
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posted 30 May 2008 01:25 PM      Profile for ohara        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:

What a load of crap. A true story cannot be shown here, in Canada, because some right wingers decide it may impact Israel's existence? Yeah, because Israel has no nuclear weapons, and is the underdog amongst the middle east countries. What a bunch of bullshit.

Where is the outrage from the Jewish "mainstream" community? Ohara? Petsy?? You both claim to speak for "mainstream Jews" (although my Jewish boyfriend certainly doesn't think so), so what are your thoughts on this? And what are your thoughts on the many Jews in Toronto who apparently are not "mainstream". Do their voices count at all?



I claim no such thing and your boyfirend doesn't even know me so what are you talking about?

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posted 30 May 2008 02:39 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wrong ohara, you are a member of the CJC. YOU said that the CJC represents what you call "mainstream Jews". That definition, according to you in multiple threads, does not include left wing Jews who do not believe in the state of Israel.

Would you like me to dig up the numerous threads where you jumped on Max, unionist and others as "non mainstream"?

I didn't think so.


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posted 30 May 2008 05:29 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ohara:

I claim no such thing and your boyfirend doesn't even know me so what are you talking about?

Question: Is that a homophobic comment?


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posted 30 May 2008 05:59 PM      Profile for miles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by johnpauljones:
I do not know who has seen the play who is a babbler. I saw the play in 2005 at the Royal Court Theatre in London England shortly after it opened.

I am against the play not because of the content but because it was not a good play.


Has anyone else seen the play? I read the play and found it interesting but at the same time wonder how good a stage production it could be. I would think it may be a good movie but would lose a lot on stage. The production would be limited by the 3 walls. I think it would need the fourth to compensate

Has anyone besides JPJ actually seen the play?


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posted 30 May 2008 06:42 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have never wanted to see this play. I don't even like the name. Fundamentally it sounds wishy-washy. There are a number of problems with it.

For example, I would prefer a play called "My Name is Fadel Shana" but the chances of that getting even to the consideration stage are miniscule. So what we have is a play about young North American run over by the IDF. If people want to produce that I guess and that draws attention to the fact like people like Fadal Shana are killed more or less every day by the IDF, and if that increases the chance that a play called "My name is Fadal Shana" will someday be produced, then fine. You have to start somewhere right?

But this is a question of about the quality of art you are now asking. I do not get the sense that this play has a great deal of artisic and political integrity The writers entirely use Corrie's words to project the nature of the Palestinian narrative and so mediate the story through the Corrie lens at the exclusion of actual Palestinian narrative and this seems to me to be a kind of artistic cowardice on a number of levels. Chief among which is the fact that while it seems, in a sense, to be the best way to tell the story of the subject unmediated, it is also a way of distancing those who produce the play from taking political responsibility for her content. They can say, "oh this is just one persons perspective" as a piece of abstracted art, "seperate from our views", and not take responsibility for the art itself.

I think I have even seen this defence of this production.

And this is entirely the opposite of the message that the Rachel Corrie story should project since, of course, the Rachel Corrie story is all about taking direct political responsibility, and it is also about discovering directly the narrative of the Palestinians, by meeting with them and living with them and learning from them.

So, the producers manage to escape direct political responsibility, and likewise fail to find a device to present the Palestinian narrative directly. There was a lot of Palestinian chatter on the internet about this incident, I can not see why other voices could not be woven into the story to tell the story more comprehensively, in a manner in keeping with the writing device being used. You could even stick some extracts from one of those really asinine neo-fascist Zionist bloggers who were posting such shitty stuff about her in the play.

That would really get some of this story told.

This problem is refleced even in the young actors own statement:

quote:
"Her spirit could have made her go anywhere, but that's the place she happened to choose."

As if Palestine, and Palestinians are incidental to this story.

Fundamentally, I can not see how a play of this nature that is not true to the subject could actually be any good at all. I think I would be offended.

The fact that a play of this kind, that is indeed half a cover-up of the real story of what is going on in the occupied territories, a play that even considers the topic of Palestinian being the subject of a story, and might even minimally cast Palestinians in a positive light is being mercilessly repressed over and over again, by artistic organizations, not because it is a bad play but because it reflects negatively on Israel is far more offensive.

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posted 30 May 2008 08:04 PM      Profile for RevolutionPlease     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you have an exam coming up Cueball?
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posted 30 May 2008 08:25 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I guess I just don't think you can make a "political play" without a political stand. The people who are making the play should at least know where they stand. I don't see how it could be convincing otherwise:

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“I see Rachel as a transmitter, and the audience receiving her signal,” offers the director, former head of Nightwood Theatre. “What we choose to do with that information will be different for every viewer. The job for Bethany and me is to make that reception as clear as possible.

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