The Diary of Anne Frank (Adaptation by Wendy Kesselman)

by  Wendy Kesselman, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 5f

In this gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story …

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The Diary of Anne Frank (Adaptation by Wendy Kesselman)

by  Wendy Kesselman Albert Hackett Frances Goodrich

The Diary of Anne Frank (Adaptation by Wendy Kesselman)

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    5m, 5f

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In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history 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!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.
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"In this gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. This is an adaptation for a new generation able to confront the true horrors of the Holocaust. "Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart. The evening never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine." —NY Times. "An extraordinary theatrical adventure! Go and remember." —NY Post. "…new DIARY is chillingly honest about the Holocaust. Wendy Kesselman's work has restored the terror." —NY Daily News. "Wendy Kesselman's finely textured new DIARY tells a deeper story. A sensitive, stirring and thoroughly engaging new adaptation." —NY Newsday. "A powerful new version that moves the audience to gasp, then tears." —Associated Press. "One of the year's ten best." —Time Magazine.

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Wendy Kesselman

Besides her Tony-nominated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Wendy Kesselman’s plays include The Executioner’s Daughter; The Notebook; The Foggy Foggy Dew; The Last Bridge; I Love You, I Love You Not; Maggie Magalita; Merry-Go-Round; The S ...

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Albert Hackett

The husband-and-wife team of Albert Maurice Hackett (born in New York City on February 16, 1900) and Frances Goodrich (born in Belleville, New Jersey, on December 21, 1890) began their joint career as Broadway playwrights in the 1920s. The success of their comedy Up Pops the Devil< ...

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Frances Goodrich

The husband-and-wife team ofAlbert Maurice Hackett(born in New York City on February 16, 1900) andFrances Goodrich(born in Belleville, New Jersey, on December 21, 1890) began their joint career as Broadway playwrights in the 1920s. The success of their comedyUp Pops the Devilbrought them to Hollywood to work on the 193 ...

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