The play “My Name is Rachel Corrie” comes to Mount Rainier sparking community member reflections
Local community member Travis Neimann shares the impact of a video clip that changed his social consciousness
Photo by Sarah Kozma
Mount Rainier, MD Feb. 18, 16: “My Name is Rachel Corrie” comes to Joe’s Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 pm. Local community member, Travis Neimann, reflects on the importance of the work in his own personal life:
“When I was a student at The Evergreen State College in 2003, I received a video clip in an email that would eventually change the direction of my academic, political and social consciousness. …It was a video of Evergreen student Rachel Corrie being run over and killed by an Israeli bulldozer…I’m certain I knew then that Palestine existed and that violence was a common occurrence [but] this video clip brought the reality literally to my doorstep … I never forgot her nor Palestine. Over the years that followed I found myself drawn to Palestine and to the struggle that Rachel lived and died for. I became involved in the Palestinian solidarity movement, organizing workshops and conferences on the Portland State University campus. She was an inspiration for me, and also a tale of warning.”
Tickets are available on Joe’s website and at the door for $20 general admission, $15 students & seniors and $10 for children 16 & under. Donations are welcomed to support this production and future productions of the work. Joe’s Movement Emporium has set up a separate donation platform of the show that can be reached by clicking here.
Photo by Mark Chamberlain
About “My Name is Rachel Corrie”
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.
Photo by Tom Bloom
About Ashley Malloy
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.
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 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.
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.”
Tickets are $20 per adult, $15 for students and seniors with ID, $10 for children 16 and under. For more info, visit the website or call 301-699-1819.