Play Date: A Theatre Book Club 2022

On November 9, East Lansing Public Library is partnering with Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. to present Play Date: A Theatre Book Club! Participants are encouraged to independently read the play “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” then come to the library for discussion, a theatre panel, and a performance of a few scenes.

The event begins at 6:30 pm. No RSVPs are necessary to attend.

ELPL Director Kristin Shelley sat down with director Matt Eldred from Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. to learn more. You can watch their full conversation below:

The play follows the life of Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, Rachel, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. "My Name is Rachel Corrie" is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails—creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali–loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For those who are interested in further reading, our staff have also put together a list of works in ELPL's collection that continue to explore some of the play's themes, which can be found here.