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The Diary of Anne Frank (Kesselman)

Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Full Length, Drama
5 men, 5 women (3 extras)
Total Cast: 10, Interior
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-1718-3

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $130 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE: Sound design created by Dan Moses Schreier for the Play is available for purchase with your license for $20.00 and will be distributed digitally. The sound design is optional, but highly recommended by the author. For more information, click here.The royalty fee for the use of this sound design is $25.00 per nonprofessional performance.
THE STORY: 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.

Included in Broadway Book Club's Banned Books Specialty Collection.
“Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart. The evening never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine.” —The New York Times.

“An extraordinary theatrical adventure! Go and remember.” —New York Post.

“…new DIARY is chillingly honest about the Holocaust. Wendy Kesselman’s work has restored the terror.” —New York Daily News.

“Wendy Kesselman’s finely textured new DIARY tells a deeper story. A sensitive, stirring and thoroughly engaging new adaptation.” —Newsday (NY).

“A powerful new version that moves the audience to gasp, then tears.” —Associated Press.

“One of the year’s ten best.” —Time Magazine.