15 Jan, 2016
In 2005, Rickman directed the initial London run of My Name is Rachel Corrie, a play based on the writing of the US activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza two years prior. Rickman had been moved to produce the work, staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre, after reading Corrie’s published emails in 2003.
Corrie’s friend Rochelle Gause attended one performance accompanied by another friend of Corrie’s, and shared her account with The Electronic Intifada: “We sat through the play holding hands and shedding tears, nothing is as odd as sitting in a theater on the other side of the world watching a woman act as your murdered friend using only words written by Rachel on a stage replicating your town, her bedroom, her spirit. The play was so well done, so powerful, and after it ended Alan Rickman met us, bought us drinks and sincerely asked us if we thought the play was an accurate depiction.”