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Otterbein University Theatre Presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Otterbein University Theatre Presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”


Otterbein University Theatre and Dance presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 18; and 8 p.m. on Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $22. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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.

In addition, the Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host a panel discussion entitled, “Anne Frank – A Diary and a Dialogue for a New Generation” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in the Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home Street. The event is free and open to the public. Robert Kraft and Paul Eisenstein, scholars in the field of Holocaust studies, will join the production’s director, Mark Mineart, and student dramaturg, Mikayla Burr, to discuss what Anne’s diary and her story may reveal to us when observed through a 21st century lens. Christina Kirk, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance will moderate the discussion.

Tickets for the theatre production are $22 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Otterbein University Theatre and Dance and Department of Music present
"The Diary of Anne Frank"
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Feb. 15-18 and Feb. 22-24
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Mark Mineart
Scenic Designer: Stephanie Gerckens
Costume Designer: Julia Ferreri
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Sound Designer: Doc Davis

CAST LIST
Anne Frank…….……..Tatum Beck
Otto Frank…….………Maxwell Bartel
Edith Frank……….…..Kara Jobe
Margot Frank…….…...Alissa Dellork
Peter Van Daan……....Kenneth Remaklus
Petronella Van Daan…Isabel Billinghurst
Putti Van Daan………..Christopher Smith
Jan Dussel………..…..Jacob Sundlie
Miep Gies……..……....Kathryn Lee
Mr. Kraler………....…...Daniel Kunkel
Nazi Officers………..…Noah Boger, Desmond Fernandez, Daniel Kunkel

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
All performances at the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street, Westerville.
Thursday, Feb. 15      7:30 p.m. (Opening night performance; includes post-performance reception.)
Friday, Feb. 16            8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17        8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18          2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22       8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23            8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24        8 p.m.