Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Who was Rachel Corrie?

The interview above, with the actual Rachel Corrie, occurred just two days prior to her death after being crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003. That tragedy inspired, of course, My Name is Rachel Corrie, the monologue culled from her diary, emails, and statements by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner. The script just finished a joint run at the New Rep with Pieces, a one-woman show by Zohar Tirosh about her own service in the Israeli Defense Forces (Corrie's nemesis). This pairing, with the issues of political and artistic "balance" it raises, has deeply interested me, although I decided not to write about it until I had the chance to see both plays (Corrie was sold out until late in its run). I'm currently discussing my thoughts and concerns with Meron Langsner, Playwright in Residence at the New Rep and one of the coordinators of the talkbacks, discussions, and readings which occurred around the performances to foster a dialogue with the theatre's audience. More to come about the questions posed by this controversial event.


  1. just two days prior to her death after being crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003.

    There is some dispute as to actual cause of death.

  2. There is dispute as to whether the incident was "intentional" or not. (I find it credible that it was not.) However, there's not serious dispute over the fact that she died as a result of the incident.

  3. Most of the evidence of which I am aware does point to the death being accidental. More the question would be is if this was the result of being accidentally struck by the scoop of the bulldozer or if it was a matter of her stumbling while standing on a pile of debris.

  4. You know, whatever you think of the poor girl's politics, she died for them, and it's a bit unseemly, I think, to re-parse the record in an attempt to void her death of any moral significance.

  5. I agree with you as far as the "unseemliness." You were right to raise the issue in another post as to how her politics has been "edited" to suit others' agendas.

    Even the narrative of her death has become a minor propaganda war.

    My sympathy to those who loved her while she was alive (whatever I think of her politics) does not extend to those who place greater value on her as a martyr.