LSU’s School of Theatre begins their Mainstage season with the increasingly relevant The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, which was adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Sanaz Ghajar.
It’s July 6, 1942 in Amsterdam as the show opens. Because they are Jews, the Frank and van Daan families move into hiding to avoid arrest by the Nazis. Mr. Kraler and Miep Gies, Christian business associates and trusted friends, help everyone get settled in the secret annex: Mr. and Mrs. Frank and their daughters, Margot and Anne, as well as Mr. and Mrs. van Daan and their son, Peter. The outsiders leave, assuring the two families that they will help them in hiding for as long as it takes. As the families begin to unpack, Anne tries to get acquainted with the shy Peter. The haunting words from Anne’s diary are used as narration over the entire play.
Over many more months, Anne and Peter’s young teenage friendship begins to blossom. They talk of all sorts of things, and they share their first kiss. Yet, tensions in general are growing in the cramped quarters. The families learn from Miep that the Allied invasion of the European continent has begun, and they are hopeful that they may soon come out of hiding. However, only a few weeks later, the Nazis arrive to take them away. Anne writes the last entry in her diary on August 1, 1944.
The play follows the lives of these families as they live their lives in hiding, constantly in fear for their lives. Anne’s words are present throughout, providing a gateway into the most intimate and personal moments, and her insight makes this play not worth missing.
The Reserve at Jefferson Crossing Apartments, the premier apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is inviting friends and neighbors to attend this unforgettable event!
Thursday, November 8, 2018—7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
10 Tower Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808