My Name is Rachel Corrie
Performed by Ashley Malloy
A benefit show for Rebuilding Alliance's Backpack Kits for Gaza's Neediest Children project
My Name is Rachel Corrie chronicles the life of American Peace Activist Rachel Corrie who traveled to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement at the height of the second intifada. We see her transform from scattered young girl, full of hope and effervescing with idealism, searching for her place in the world, to a grounded, determined woman who comes to realize the world is not as she understood it to be. A coming of age story that examines not only the horrific truth of the occupation in Gaza, but also the truths we must face as Americans who are complicit in the suffering of others, this play will challenge your beliefs about the power of an individual to be the change and will leave you irrevocably stirred.
April 26, 2015, 6pm - 8:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
My Name is Rachel Corrie, taken from the original writings of Corrie and edited by Alan Rickman and Katherine Vine, chronicles the life of the American Peace Activist who traveled to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement to defend Palestinian homes from being demolished, to preserve their compromised water resources, and to establish a sister city relationship between Rafah and her hometown of Olympia, WA. She was crushed to death on March 16th 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer while protecting a host family’s home from being destroyed.
The show is performed by Ashley Malloy and is directed by Josh Perlstein. Ashley became interested in Palestinian rights through Professor Perlstein’s work with The Freedom Theatre, a professional company in the Jenin Refugee Camp.
The show was first performed on Central Connecticut State University’s campus and was subsequently presented at the annual National End the Occupation conference in Washington DC. Rachel’s parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, were in attendance at both events and were effusive in their praise of Ashley’s work on the piece. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice invited Ashley to perform this past March 16th, the anniversary of Rachel’s death, in her hometown of Olympia, Washington. She has performed in more than 25 cities nationwide, often sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine chapters. Ashley has performed at Johns Hopkins, Vassar, Brown, Cornell, University of Chicago, Emory University, and at Rachel’s school, Evergreen State College, just to name a few.
Proceeds from this performance will be donated to Rebuilding Alliance's project Backpack Kits for Gaza's Neediest Children, which seeks to send 10,000 backpacks with new school supplies to children in the Gaza Strip whose lives were devastated by war in the summer of 2014. Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance, or $10 at the door.
Ashley Malloy is a free lance actor/solo performer/writer/activist based in Boston, MA. Ashley graduated from Central Connecticut State University with her BFA in Acting. She is committed to representing voices that have long gone unheard and strives to create work that reveals to us our astounding capacity for empathy that can transcend all cultural, sociological, and political barriers.