Rachel Corrie story plays at Teatro Zuccone

Rachel Corrie, 23, was an activist-writer who was killed in 2003 by an Israel Defense Forces’ armed bulldozer aimed toward dozing Palestinian houses. Depending on whom you ask, the driver did or didn't see Corrie.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a one-actor show based on the American's journals. It was originally staged by Alan Rickman in London and won awards. It also drew opposition from pro-Israel groups when it was under consideration by the New York Theater Workshop.

Beth Brophy in “My Name is Rachel Corrie” (Photo by Katie Jacobson)
Beth Brophy in “My Name is Rachel Corrie” (Photo by Katie Jacobson)

According to a piece by Emma Watson for Salon after Rickman’s death, the director (perhaps better known as Professor Snape) had said, “I never imagined that the play would create such acute controversy. Many Jews supported it. The New York producer was Jewish, and we held a discussion after every performance. Both Israelis and Palestinians participated in the discussion, and there was no shouting in the theater. People simply listened to each other.”

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” stars Beth Brophy and is directed by Michelle Strand-Juntunen.

Renegade Theater Company, as part of its Hear This series, is outside of mainstage productions. It gives community members a chance to apply to stage a low-to-no-budget play at Teatro Zuccone.

"My Name is Rachel Corrie” is at 7:30 p.m. March 12-14 and March 16; 2 p.m. March 15 (pay what you can), 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at zeitgeistarts.com.

"Polyester" (Photo by New Line Cinema)
"Polyester" (Photo by New Line Cinema)

Cult classic gets single screening

John Waters’ cult-classic “Polyester” is a dark comedy about Francine Fishpaw, whose family is … oof. Her husband, owner of a porn movie theater, is having an affair with his secretary, her son is a monster, her daughter is running around with an impregnating crowd. Enter Todd Tomorrow, who owns the drive-in art theater.

This early 1980s film was selected by Zinema 2 theater-goer and writer Jean Sramek, who won the theater’s Christmas Giveaway.

John Waters’ “Polyester” screens at 7 p.m. March 12 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: zeitgeistarts.com.

Shapiro & Smith (photo courtesy of UMD)
Shapiro & Smith (photo courtesy of UMD)

Modern dancers to perform at Weber Music Hall

Minneapolis modern dance company Shapiro & Smith will offer a free performance Tuesday at Weber Music Hall. The program includes “Bolero,” described as “a fierce and athletic work (that) celebrate teamwork, the fighting spirit and … the power of women working together”; “Burning Air,” about the Great Hinckley Fire, and “Shirt,” an absurdist piece.

The New York Times has described the troupe as having “athletic, sharp-edged dancing, and a daring theatricality.”

UMD Theatre presents Shapiro & Smith Dance at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at Weber Music Hall. Free, open to the public, no ticket required.

Glitteratti (photo by Wolfskull Creative)
Glitteratti (photo by Wolfskull Creative)

Glitteratti plays ‘Among the Wild’ show

Glitteratti, a foursome fronted by Marc Gartman that started in 2013 as a cover band, released its debut full-length album last week. They'll play a show about it Friday at Pizza Luce. “Among the Wild” was produced by Steve Garrington of Low.

The band features Tim Saxhaug and Dave Carroll (both of Trampled by Turtles) and Kyle Keegan on drums. Paint Party opens.

Glitteratti album release show is 10 p.m. March 13 at Pizza Luce, 11 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at eventbrite.com.

Fairlawn mansion (News Tribune file)
Fairlawn mansion (News Tribune file)

Fairlawn by Flashlight, on Friday the 13th

One of the best parts of a day typically deemed unlucky: Fairlawn Mansion uses it as a chance to offer up Superstition Tour: Ghosts of Fairlawn.

The flashlight tour is a chance to learn about the ghosts of the Superior-based mansion as well as bizarre Victorian traditions.

The Queen Anne Victorian home was built for Martin Pattison and his family and completed in 1891.

BYO-flashlight. Tours last about 30 minutes.

Ghosts of Fairlawn tour is 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 13 at Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. Second St., Superior. Tickets: $10 adults, $8.50 senior/college, $5 students. For more info, call 715-394-5712.


Sound an Echo, a project by Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen, has canceled its album release show Saturday.

This story was updated at 11:50 a.m. Friday to add a cancellation. It was originally posted at 11:10 a.m. Thursday.