Second Thought Theater Presents
My Name is Rachel Corrie
Adapted by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner
Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Opening and Press Night: Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm
Full Run: March 16 – March 30
DALLAS (Feb, 26, 2013) – Second Thought Theatre continues its ninth season with My Name is Rachel Corrie, a play based on the diaries and emails of Rachel Corrie, adapted by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner. My Name is Rachel Corrie will open on Saturday, March 16, the tenth anniversary of Corrie’s death in the conflict-ravaged Gaza Strip.
“My Name is Rachel Corrie provides Second Thought Theatre an important opportunity to invite members of our community to see a play that discusses pertinent and potentially sensitive issues. We hope to encourage our audiences to engage in productive and informative conversation after the play is over,” said STT co-artistic director Kelsey Head. “Our goal with this play is not to focus on controversy, but to tell Rachel Corrie’s story in a manner that strips away preconceived notions of right or wrong and to discuss how her story relates to the community we live in.”
Corrie, an American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, travelled to Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip as part of college assignment. On March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed by an armed bulldozer operated by a member of the Israel Defense Forces while trying to prevent the demolition of homes belonging to Palestinian people. Exact details and responsibility for her death have been in dispute since the incident occurred.
Tackling the play for a second time are Barrett Nash as Rachel Corrie and director Clay Wheeler. The two are reprising their respective roles at STT after a well-received run at 2012’s Festival of Independent Theatres. The Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum included Nash on last year’s list of Outstanding Performances by an Actress. Elaine Liner of the Dallas Observer said Nash is one half of an acting family “that simply commands your attention and welcomes your embrace.”
“This play is, at its core, about the journey of a young woman seeking to reconcile the sheltered, nurturing community of her youth with the ugly, stark realities of a world where millions of people are forced to live in near-constant fear of death and destruction,” says Rachel Corrie director Clay Wheeler. “Rachel Corrie is at once singular and universal in its perspective, and explores a human element that identifiable to the modern audience.”
My Name is Rachel Corrie opens on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm. The Pay-What-You-Can performance of My Name is Rachel Corrie is Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm. PWYC tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance only and are subject to availability. Tickets to the PWYC performance can be reserved at the regular ticket price online at 2TT.co. My Name is Rachel Corrie runs through March 30. Tickets for My Name is Rachel Corrie are on sale now and are available online at 2TT.co or by phone at (866) 811-4111. For this production only, all tickets are $10.
Barrett Nash (Rachel Corrie) is excited to be back with STT to reprise the role of Rachel Corrie. She recently performed with STT in A Behanding in Spokane. Ms. Nash recently won a DFW Critics Forum Award for her performance in My Name is Rachel Corrie (Rite of Passage Theatre Company), which played at the 2012 Festival of Independent Theatres. She and her father, Barry (who performed with Second Thought last season), were named “Best Acting Family” in the Dallas Observer’s 2012 “Best of Dallas” issue. Other DFW credits include: New Jerusalem (Stage West); Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); The Violet Hour, This is Our Youth (Upstart Productions); GINT (Broken Gears Project Theatre); Feeding the Moonfish (WingSpan Theatre Company) and The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (SATER). Barrett made the Dallas Observer’s “Best of 2011″ theatre list for her “Breakout Comedy Turn” in Five Women. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.
Clay Wheeler (Director) is a locally grown director, actor, playwright, producer and educator who earned his BFA in Theatre Performance at Baylor University. He directed an abridged production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, which garnered several awards, for the 2012 Festival of Independent Theatres. Clay has also directed Binge (Rite of Passage Theatre Company) and Wonder of the World (BUTSS). DFW acting credits include: XSR: Die! (Pegasus Theatre), Children (WingSpan Theatre Company),Othello (SD/ATTPAC Reading Series), Ruth (Kitchen Dog Theater), The Farnsworth Invention, Language of Angels (Theatre Three), Spring Awakening (WaterTower Theatre), As You Like It (Shakespeare Dallas), Alice In Wonderland, Measure for Measure (Nouveau 47), The Pitchfork Disney (Broken Gears Project Theatre), and Talk Radio (Upstart Productions). As a playwright, his works have produced at FIT, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, Richland College, and the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival. He is the Artistic Director for Rite of Passage Theatre Company and the Literary Director for Nouveau 47 Theatre.
Ken Farnsworth (Lighting Design) has designed for Second Thought Theatre (Thom Pain (about nothing)), Junior Players (The Taming of the Shrew) and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas (Crimes of the Heart). He has also worked as Assistant Lighting Designer at Dallas Theater Center (Cabaret and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Next Fall and God of Carnage). Ken currently works as a Technical Coordinator for the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where he is privileged to design for many types of events ranging from private parties to concerts like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Alex Organ (Producer) recently directed A Behanding in Spokane. Previously for Second Thought Alex appeared in Red Light Winter. Locally he’s been seen at Lyric Stage (The Most Happy Fella), Theater Three (The Farnsworth Invention), Shakespeare Dallas (Coriolanus, Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona), WaterTower Theater (Little Shop of Horrors), Trinity Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, As You Like It) and Dallas Theater Center(A Christmas Carol). Regionally he’s appeared with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Epic Theater Ensemble and Elm Shakespeare Festival. Alex holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
Drew Wall (Production Manager/Technical Director) is glad to return to Second Thought Theatre, where previous shows include: A Behanding in Spokane,;The Bomb-itty of Errors, Red Light Winter, A Skull in Connemara, Lobby Hero and The Country Wife. Other Dallas credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Long Way Go Down, Macbeth and Slasher (Kitchen Dog Theater); The Dog Problem (Undermain Theater); This Is Our Youth (Upstart Productions); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Dallas); Defiance (Theatre Three); Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Inevitable Theatre Company) and The Secret War (Firebomb Productions). He has also worked with The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York (Dog Show and The Rotting of Tycho de Brahe) and Queen Mary University in London. Drew holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University and represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.
ABOUT SECOND THOUGHT THEATRE:
Second Thought Theatre seeks to capture the moment of creation between artist and audience. Dedicated to ensemble productions that explore challenging and dramatic works from the canon of theatrical literature, STT strives to enlighten and entertain its audience by pushing the boundaries of human thought and emotion. Old works done in new ways, new works done in old ways. Everything is possible when you take a second thought.
DETAILS AT A GLANCE
My Name is Rachel Corrie
Adapted by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner
March 16 – 30, 2013 at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
Director: Clay Wheeler
Lighting Design: Kenneth Farnsworth