Controversy not hurting ‘Corrie’ biz

Political play brings in auds

Off Broadway’s “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” has been selling well enough to prompt an extension through Dec. 30, indicating that the thorny political nature of its subject matter isn’t keeping auds away.

Based on the writings of an American activist who died protesting the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes, the play was originally skedded to run through Nov. 19.

It caused a stir last spring when London’s Royal Court, the theater where the show preemed, publicly accused Off Broadway’s New York Theater Workshop of deciding against presenting the show due to concerns it might anger the Jewish community.

But no such ruckus has dogged the commercial incarnation that opened Oct. 15. Rumors of demonstrations never materialized, although activists have handed out leaflets outside the theater at many performances.

“It’s been unbelievably civilized,” said Dena Hammerstein, who is producing the show with Pam Pariseau for James Hammerstein Prods. “There’s been no agitation whatsoever.”

Thesp Alan Rickman, director and co-editor of the production, has committed to appearing at most of the production’s Tuesday evening talkback events.

According to Hammerstein and Pariseau, there is also interest in presenting the show in other U.S. cities.

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