Seattle Rep is courting controversy in producing Rachel Corrie, which will run in the Leo K. Theatre from March 15 through April 22, 2007. Actor Alan Rickman and London Guardian editor Katharine Viner scripted this docudrama about Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer, using portions of her diary and her correspondence with her family. The play was to have been presented by the New York Theatre Workshop this season, and its postponement unleashed a firestorm of editorials about possible censorship. (It will be produced in London this spring.)
The season will begin in the larger Bagley Wright Theatre with John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play about suspicion in the Catholic Church (September 21-October 21), followed by Gatsby, which has been adapted for the stage by Simon Levy (November 2- December 10). Also set for production at the Wright: Albee's The Lady from Dubuque, which played a grand total of 20 performances on Broadway in 1980 (January 11-February 10); Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's musical Fire on the Mountain (February 22- March 24); and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (April 5-May 6).
In addition to Rachel Corrie, the Leo K will house Will Eno's solo show Thom Pain (based on nothing) (October 5-November 5, 2006); Kathleen Tolan's two-character, mother-daughter drama Memory House (November 16-December 17); and Tanya Barfield's Blue Door, about a mathematics professor whose visions of his ancestors teach him what it means to be black (February 1-March 4).
For more information, call 206-443-2222 or visit www.seattlerep.org.