I had the privilege of being able to audition today for "My Name is Rachel Corrie," a one woman show about a young American woman who went to Palestine to protest for peace and was horrifically killed by a bulldozer. If this doesn't put things into perspective, nothing will:
I hope everyone will read her emails, hear her voice. I did and realized that in researching this woman and her history for a play, I became INFORMED. I learned about the horrors going on in this world and a quest for peace that ended in tragedy. But the quest goes on... My world was broadened because of "finding" Rachel Corrie, and I am grateful for that.
"Many people want their voices to be heard, and I think we need to use some of our privilege as internationals to get those voices heard directly in the US, rather than through the filter of well-meaning internationals such as myself. I am just beginning to learn, from what I expect to be a very intense tutelage, about the ability of people to organize against all odds, and to resist against all odds." - Rachel Corrie
I can't believe I never saw the power of theatre to TEACH and educate the masses. It's an awesome discovery and it solidifies my desire to do quality work in my art.
And also... to find a way to send light and love into the darkest of places. There must be hope. Always.