Thursday, October 20, 2011

Upcoming: Ann Frank and Me, EmilyAnn Studio, Wimberley, November 3 - 20

Received directly:

EmilyAnn Theatre, Wimberley

presentsAnne Frank, 1941

Anne Frank And Me
by Cherie Bennett
November 3- 20, Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Synopsis from an original production review in the New York Times:

Anne Frank and Me directly confronts the ignorance of many young people about the Holocaust. "What difference does it make?" one of its teen-age characters asks. "It's ancient history."

The play begins in a town that could be anywhere in America, a place where teen-age girls are rehearsing a dance and worrying about boys. What they're not worrying about much is one of their classroom assignments: reading the diary of Anne Frank.

But before too long, a skeptical Christian girl named Nicole finds herself transported to Paris during the German occupation, where she re-encounters the people she knows. Her school principal is now her father, a prominent doctor active in the Resistance; her English teacher is her mother. And she is a member of a Jewish family, a girl who in the end is not only forced into hiding in an attic as Anne Frank was, but is also destined to encounter the Dutch girl aboard a train bound for Auschwitz.

The lesson of Anne Frank and Me is clear. The impact is powerful.

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