New Rep Replaces "To Pay The Price" With "Pieces"

New Repertory Theatre has announced that "Pieces" by Zohar Tirosh will now be paired with "My Name is Rachel Corrie" for the final slot in the theater's 2007-2008 season. The plays will be performed in rotating repertory March 8 – March 30, 2008, in the Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

"Pieces" replaces the previously scheduled "To Pay the Price" out of respect and sensitivity to Dr. Iddo Netanyahu’s concerns about a play detailing the death of his brother being presented in association with "My Name is Rachel Corrie."

In discussion with New Rep's Producing Artistic Director Rick Lombardo and playwright Peter-Adrian Cohen, Dr. Netanyahu felt  “that there is an inherent incompatibility in the joining together, in one evening, of a play based on his brother Yoni's letters with the play 'My Name is Rachel Corrie.'"

In a statement, Peter-Adrian Cohen said, “I deeply regret that this project will not go forward. I want to do everything I can to make this evening of theater happen; I want the audience to meet these two incredible people - Yoni Netanyahu. And Rachel Corrie. That this so necessary evening of theater will not happen saddens me. But then I am confident that, if not together, each of these two plays will make its way on its own. Young Israelis and young Palestinians are still dying; and, for as long as they do, 'My Name is Rachel Corrie ' and 'To Pay the Price ' will have a vital and urgent story to tell.”

Zohar Tirosh, playwright and performer of 'Pieces' commented in a statement, “I am very much looking forward to performing my play, 'Pieces,' along side 'My Name is Rachel Corrie.' Rachel was 23 when she wrote her letters from a war torn Palestine and was later killed by an Israeli soldier. I was 23 when I wrote my play, 'Pieces,' as I tried to piece together my experiences as a female soldier in the Israeli army, bus bombings, Rabin's assassination and the fall of the peace process. I believe that allowing these two young women to speak to one another will serve as a unique opportunity for human perspectives, so often silenced by bombs, to be heard; as well as generate a much-needed dialogue about these difficult and painful issues. Performing the plays in rep, I hope, will highlight the fact that, violence in the Middle East eventually, touches everyone, and that change, as both Rachel and I argue, is long long overdue."

The rotating repertory schedule and curtain times will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call the theatre at 617-923-8487.

-- OnStage Boston




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