Iddo Netanyahu, the youngest of the three brothers and the one who handled discussions with the New Repertory Theatre, declined interview requests. In a statement released by New Rep, Netanyahu said that he feels "that there is an inherent incompatibility in the joining together, in one evening, of a play based on my brother Yoni's letters with the play 'My Name Is Rachel Corrie.' "
Netanyahu holds the rights to his brother's letters, which were used by playwright Peter-Adrian Cohen to create "To Pay the Price." New Rep producing artistic director Rick Lombardo said yesterday he didn't know the details of the arrangement between the family and the playwright, but said the theater would not push to produce the play out of respect for the Netanyahus.
Mark Armstrong, at Mr. Excitement News had originally pointed out that the idea of putting the play "in context" with another voice, seemed incompatible with artistic integrity.
Now, it seems he was right. Interestingly enough, New Rep scrambled to once again find a play to "pair" with Corrie.