Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Jews continue their Corrie-denial campaign

Jewish leaders in Canada have cancelled the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" - just as they did in New York last year.

'Corrie' canceled in Canada
Play has potential to offend Jewish community
It's curtains for "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" in Canada.
CanStage, the country's largest not-for-profit theater, has changed its opinion and decided not to present the show as part of its 2007-2008 season.

Play, about the 23-year-old American activi st who died under the wheels of an Israeli bulldozer in 2003, was originally produced at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2005.

When James Nicola programmed it this year for the N.Y. Theatre Workshop, pressure from Jewish board members caused him to cancel the show. It was eventually produced Off-Broadway, where it ran from Oct. 15 to Dec. 17.

...philanthropist Bluma Appel, after whom CanStage's flagship theater is named, concurred. "I told them I would react very badly to a play that was offensive to Jews."


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