In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, “The Diary of Anne Frank” captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
Original Authors: Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
New Version by Wendy Kesselman
The Diary of Ann Frank Preview (Curtain Calls 9.4 January 2014)
“The Diary of Anne Frank” was first told on Players’ stage in 1995. The 2014 production makes use of newly discovered material in the Anne Frank archives which Wendy Kesselman used to adapt the original script. Both presentations left strong impressions on the audiences. It is a story that must be retold and never forgotten.