THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Deborah Mogford
February 26–March 1, 2009
Clark Arts—Cheek Theatre
Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award and virtually every other coveted prize of the theatre. Very few plays have moved the Broadway critics to write such glowing notices, receiving the unanimous acclaim of all the top New York reviewers. The NY Times said, "A lovely tender drama… Strange how the shining spirit of a young girl now dead can filter down through the years and inspire a group of theatrical professionals in a foreign land.” The NY Herald-Tribune said, "Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive and theatrically craftsman-like narrative out of the real-life legacy left us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl…as bright and shining as a banner.” The NY Daily News said, "There is so much beauty, warm humor, gentle pity…in The Diary of Anne Frank that it is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage…this is a fine drama.”
The Time: During the years of World War II and immediately thereafter.
The Place: Amsterdam
Scenic & Lighting Design
The Diary of Anne Frank was first presented by Kermit Bloomgarden at the Cort Theatre, New York City, on October 5, 1955. It was directed by Garson Kanin and the production was designed by Boris Aronson.