Photo by Zayd Zaytoon
The one person show My Name is Rachel Corrie, composed from Rachel’s emails and journal entries by the late Alan Rickman and editor in chief of The Guardian, Katherine Viner, chronicles the life of the 23 year old American Peace Activist who traveled to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement to defend Palestinian homes from being demolished. It was there, on March 16th, 2003 that she was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while defending a Palestinian’s home from being demolished.
Over the course of the play, Rachel matures from an insightful young girl listing the millions of things she wants to be when she grows up, to a scattered adolescent immersed in the manic search for self while battling boys and an over-involved mom, to a young woman determined to pursue peace and justice in a place she’s never been for people she’s never met, constantly questioning herself, her country and the world around her, and what it is to be human.
My Name is Rachel Corrie featuring Ashley Malloy comes to Joe’s Movement Emporium thanks to Robert Duncan one night only on March 12th at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $20 per adult, $15 per student or senior, $10 per child 16 & under.
Joe’s recommends purchasing tickets in advance online by clicking here.
About Ashley Malloy
Ashley Malloy photographed by Tom Bloom
Ashley Malloy is a New England based actor, writer and teaching artist, with an interest in the stories of those who remain underrepresented or go unnoticed by the commercial theatre. She has worked with underprivileged students and children of incarcerated parents in Hartford, CT and has found a wonderful theatrical community in Western Massachusetts.
In May 2013, after meeting several young Palestinian actors from The Freedom Theater located in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the northern West Bank and listening to their harrowing experiences living under occupation, Ashley was alarmed at her ignorance of not only their suffering, but their censored existence. And so she began to craft her award winning portrayal of Rachel Corrie under the superb direction of Josh Perlstein. With the hopes that she might reveal to audiences the Palestinian experience through Corrie’s accessible, American lens, Ashley began touring this critically acclaimed production to colleges, organizations, and small theaters around the country. Over the past few years, Ashley has raised thousands of dollars for young actors and artists at The Freedom Theater, which aims to equip young people with the creative tools necessary to resisting violence under occupation. It is their belief that a third Intifada can and will be a cultural uprising that will prompt artistic response from youth who know first hand the healing properties and transformative, transcendent powers of the arts.
Photo by Mark Chamberlain
Ashley has performed at The National End the Occupation Conference in Washington, D.C., Rachel’s hometown of Olympia, WA, courtesy of The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice on the 11th anniversary of Rachel’s death, and in more than 40 cities nationwide, often sponsored by chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine. She’s been hosted at universities such as Johns Hopkins, Vassar, Brown, Cornell, University of Chicago, Emory University, Hofstra University, Bates College and at Rachel’s school, The Evergreen State College, just to name a few. She is so grateful to Cindy and Craig Corrie, who continue to be supportive of the tour, ever since they attended one of the first performances of this production in September 2013. They’ve since accompanied Ashley on several shows and talkbacks and Ashley remains in awe of their unwavering strength in continuing their daughter’s work and their dedication to Palestinian self-determination.
Ashley is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, who has graciously allowed her to continue to educate, activate and inspire audiences with My Name in Rachel Corrie.