History, struggle and adversity in the face of extreme prejudice are all witnessed and documented in the diary of a thirteen-year-old girl. Come to witness a retelling of a timeless and heartbreaking tale. Adapted by Wendy Kesselman, “The Diary of Anne Frank” runs October 18-21 at the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown.
The very real accounts of Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, a world-famous German-born diarist and World War II Holocaust victim are brought to life by the students of the West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance. She chronicled her experiences living in a secret annex in Amsterdam with her family and four other Jewish citizens trying to escape the Nazi regime. Her “Diary of a Young Girl” was published on June 25, 1947, two years after her death. Her father, Otto Frank, edited and released the version of the diary made famous today. Her diary was dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett in 1955 and then later adapted by Wendy Kesselman in 1997. Kesselman’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” paints a beautiful yet gut-wrenching account of eight human beings living under extreme circumstances. In this adaptation of the play the humanity of the characters shines through and reminds us all the power of hope.