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My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Portland Performances
Thurs. March 6 @7:30pm
Fri. March 7 @7:30pm
Sat. March 8 @7:30pm
Sun. March 9 @2pm

Wed. March 12 @7:30pm**
Thurs. March 13 @7:30pm
Fri. March 14 @7:30pm
Sat. March 15 @7:30pm
Sun. March 16 @7:30pm

Augusta Performances
Fri. March 21 @7:00pm
Sat. March 22 @2:00pm
Sun. March 23 @2:00pm

A Note from Keith
It has been said, and I believe it to be true, that Rachel's story would still have a similar impact had she chosen to become involved with her world in Africa or Central America...or just about anywhere.

What is so relatable about Rachel is that she is like so many of us – those who look at the world and are sometimes dismayed and overwhelmed by what we see. Rachel was driven to take action. Her action is what makes her compelling.

As you delve deeper into her writing, her vivid and intricate imagery becomes readily apparent. When we asked ourselves in the process - “Why this story?” “Why this Rachel?” We kept coming back to the fact she, even at her young age, is a writer and poet of incredible power. She has a command of language and an innate ability to paint a clear and urgent picture with words. That is why I wanted to present her story.

I was deeply struck in my research to encounter what I would describe as a systematic “de-humanizing” that is used by some to justify the unjustifiable. Rachel is not immune. After March 16, she became a symbol -- but what that symbol is depends greatly on your personal prism. However, no matter how bold or important that symbol becomes, it will be pale in comparison to the real, passionate, human Rachel we see in her words.

To me, the 10 year-old Rachel may have said it best - "Everyone must feel safe." Safe to be themselves, physically safe, safe to say what they think, just safe. That's the best rule I can think of.
Casey TurnerCASEY TURNER (Rachel Corrie) has been performing since the age of 12. Although she started as a juggler and clown, Casey went to the University of Southern Maine to pursue acting. She has been acting in Portland for a few years now and is equal parts excited and terrified to tackle her first one-woman show. A few past shows include 4000 Miles, The Little Dog Laughed (Good Theater), Eurydice (The Theater Project), Tigers Be Still (Dramatic Repertory Company), Killer Joe (SPACE), The Lonesome West (American Irish Repertory Ensemble). Theatre has been her home for many years, but she has started reaching her fingers into the film world. You can find her in "See Girl Run" and "The Hanover House." Recently, Casey and her aerial dance partner, together a part of Apparatus Dance Theater, gave a TEDx talk in Brunswick, Maine that combined aerial dance with painting, which led to her first ever art show. Casey would like to dedicate her performance to Amy Adams. Another strong woman gone before her time

RACHEL CORRIE was born April 10, 1979, in Olympia, Washington, at the southern tip of Puget Sound. Throughout her school years, she was active in volunteer efforts addressing problems of hunger, homelessness and the environment of the Pacific Northwest. After completing liberal arts studies at The Evergreen State College, Corrie traveled to Israel and Palestine in January 2003. Corrie was a writer, a poet and an artist who cared deeply and wrote fervently about all humankind.

ALAN RICKMAN (Editor). Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning English film, television and stage actor. He is perhaps best known to American film audiences for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He also featured prominently as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 blockbuster, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Rickman portrayed Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and appeared as Ronald Regan in Lee Daniels' The Butler .

KATHARINE VINER (Editor) is editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia and deputy editor of the Guardian worldwide. She joined the paper in 1997 and has worked as a feature writer, deputy women's editor, deputy features editor, editor of Weekend magazine, features editor and Saturday editor.

KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Director) recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of A Bright New Boise (co-production with Fenix Theatre, Theatrical Highlight of 2013 - Portland Phoenix), Topdog/Underdog (Best Production - 2013 PEER Award, Theatrical Highlight of 2012 - Portland Phoenix), [title of show], Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Life During Wartime and Blue/Orange. Keith spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. He directed The Waiting Room, Insomniac, Throwing It Together and Inamorata in New York and And The Same in the Berkshires. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Always for Keely.

Mnemosyne “Nem” Heileman (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with DRC for the first time, having recently relocated from Colorado. She has participated in every level of production from actor to wardrobe assistant to director, most recently landing in stage management. As an actor, she received The Denver Westword Award for "Best Performance by a Child" in Tongue of a Bird, and also enjoyed such roles as "Harper" in Angels in America and "Sara" in StopKiss. She attended Marlboro College for Theatre Performance and Directing, and founded The Monarch Theatre, a 60 seat black box theater still in use at the college. She was BasBleu Theatre's youngest person to direct as part of their main season with her production of Cherry Docs by David Gow, and most recently worked with Fenix Theatre and Lanyard Theatre Co here in Portland.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Designer in Residence). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Designer in Residence) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

March 6 - 16, 2014
March 21 - 23, 2014

The preternaturally talented
...an exquisite physical performance.”

- Portland Phoenix, March 12, 2014
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She doesn't miss a beat.”

- Portland Press Herald, March 10, 2014
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Casey Turner

taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
directed by Keith Powell Beyland

Casey Turner (2013 PEER Award-winner for Eurydice, DRC's Tigers Be Still) stars in My Name is Rachel Corrie – a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails. This true story is a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.

March 6 - 16, 2014
25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine [map]

March 21 - 23, 2014
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive [map]

“Here is a play where the real dialogue begins
when the curtain comes down. MY NAME IS
RACHEL CORRIE is theater that not only stirs
our hearts but sticks in our heads.”
- Newsweek

“You feel you have not just had a night at the theatre: You have encountered an extraordinary woman [in this] stunning account of one woman's passionate response...theatre can't change the world. But what it can do, when it's as good as this, is to send us out enriched by other people's passionate concern.”
- Guardian (London)

“Extraordinary power...funny, passionate, bristling with idealism and luminously intelligent.”
- Time Out London

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DISCOUNT WEDNESDAYS – All seats to Wednesday Evening performances are $10! **Portland Only**

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