Next on the Main Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s drama, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Joseph Discher. Nearly 75 years ago in the Netherlands, a young girl received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and NY Drama Critic’s Circle Award-winning play.
Performances begin Wednesday, October 14th and continue through Saturday, November 21st at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Individual tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.
The Playwrights: Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the original Broadway production received the 1956 Tony Award for Best Play, and the script received the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Goodrich and Hackett also adapted the play for the screen in 1959. Nearly 40 years later, Wendy Kesselman was commissioned to create an adaptation of Goodrich and Hackett’s original play, which debuted in 1997. Kesselman drew from the newly restored version of Anne’s diary, reincorporating the passages about her Jewish identity that had been previously omitted and downplayed in earlier versions. In addition, she eliminated the flashback-like feeling of the original – opting instead for a straightforward, chronological retelling. Variety called the play “one of the 20th century’s most remarkable and enduring pieces of literature.”
Kesselman’s adaptation was nominated for the 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and starred George Hearn,
In an effort to reach as many young people and families as possible, discount $20 student tickets may be purchased in advance online, at the box office or by calling 973-408-5600. Student rush tickets may still be purchased for $15 one half-hour before the show in person at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, but availability may be limited.
The Shakespeare Theatre has also partnered with the College of Saint Elizabeth Center for
Holocaust and Genocide Education. The center’s Week of Holocaust Remembrance begins on November 9th with its 25th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration and events continue through November 13th. For a full list of events and more information visit this website. All events are free and open to the public.In conjunction with The Diary of Anne Frank, the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will present two programs. On October 14th at 4:00 p.m., there will be a free showing of No. 4 Street of Our Lady, a film about Fran Malkin, a child hidden during the Holocaust. The film will be shown at the Drew University Learning Center, room 28. On October 21st beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Center will host a panel featuring Selma Rossen, a hidden child from Poland. This event will be held on the Drew University campus in Brothers College, room 101.
Finally, The Shakespeare Theatre has joined with The Anne Frank Center USA for further educational opportunities. All patrons who attend a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank will receive a voucher for a 50% discount to The Anne Frank Center, located at 44 Park Place, in New York City.