"My Name is Rachel Corrie" premieres this weekend

(11-08-2011)

Jenna Neilsen connected with Rachel Corrie as she read through the script and knew, this was the one-woman show she had been searching for. "My Name is Rachel Corrie" starring Neilsen, assistant professor of theatre, will show for two nights only, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Adams State College Xperimental Theatre.

"I chose the play because I saw a lot of Rachel in me, or a lot of myself in Rachel." There is a lot of controversy surrounding the play, but Neilsen said that wasn't a factor for her. "Rachel is truly a dynamic character whose voice spoke to me."

The Theatre Department is promoting the play with the tagline "Rachel went to Gaza for peace. What will you do?" Neilsen said we all have the ability to make the world a less violent place. Whether or not people choose to act on it, is their decision. The play was written after Corrie's death from her personal writings, journals, and emails. "I believe she would be proud of the awareness her writings have created about the Palestine/Israel issue," Neilsen said.

However, for Neilsen the one-act show is not just about Palestine and Israel, but a female committing her life to make the world a better place. "I hope it challenges the audience to do the same." To purchase tickets, call 719-587-8499. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASC identification. The production is recommended for mature audiences only.