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The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacke (based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”, newly adapted by Wendy Kessleman), is the next show in Playhouse on Park’s Main Stage series, running from October 25-November 19.
Starring in this show are: Frank van Putten (Off Broadway: Classic Stage Company; TV: Johann von Kinkel in VINYL, THE KNICK; THE LEFTOVERS; THE BLACKLIST; THE GOOD WIFE. Film: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) as Otto Frank, Lisa Bostnar (TV:The Blacklist, Law & Order, Pan Am. Stage roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Emma in Annapurna, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew) as Mrs. Van Daan, and Allen Lewis Rickman [Film: A SERIOUS MAN, FADING GIGOLO. TV:BOARDWALK EMPIRE (recurring role), Stage: RELATIVELY SPEAKING (Broadway; with Marlo Thomas), SO HELP ME GOD! (with Kristen Johnston), ROOM SERVICE (Cleveland Playhouse)] as Mr. Van Daan.
Isabelle Barbier (Dixon Place New York: Mercy THOSE GIRLS. New York Fringe Festival:Isabelle graduated from Atlantic Acting School’s conservatory program) stars as Anne, Joni Weisfeld (Connecticut Theater credits include: Fool KING LEAR, Smeraldina THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Actor/Co-Creator HUNGER) as Edith, Alex Rafala (Hudson Guild Theater: Chris SOLDIERS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS; Target Margin Theater: Chuck THE ICEMAN COMETH LAB (ACT 2); The Gallery Players: Catesby RICHARD III) Peter Van Daan, Jonathan D. Mesisca (New York: Perón EVITA, Jacob Marley A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Chief Bromden ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) as Mr. Düssel, Elizabeth Simmons (Select credits include: And Then There Were None (Judson Theatre Co.) Brighton Beach Memoirs (Broward Stage Door Theatre)) as Miep Gies, Ruthy Froch (Credits Include: Barrington Stage Company: Nurse BLOOD DRIVE, 59E59: Zillah, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA) as Margot, and Michael Enright (Ocean City Theatre Co: Mr. Banks MARY POPPINS; New Bedford Festival Theatre: Combefere/Bamatabois LES MISERABLES; TV/Film: Boardwalk Empire, Wonderstruck) as Mr. Kraler.

Directed by Ezra Barnes, this gripping adaptation weaves together newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank with survivor accounts to create a contemporary, impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. 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!”

Previews for The Diary of Anne Frank are October 25 and 26. All preview seats are only $17.50! Opening night is Friday, October 27 at 8pm, with a wine and cheese reception beforehand. Each Sunday matinee features a talkback with the cast after the show.
This show offers a specially priced Tuesday matinee on Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00pm. All seats for this performance are only $22.50 per person, reserved seating.

Individual tickets are now on sale, ranging from $25 to $40, all seats reserved. Seniors, Students, and Let’s Go Arts Member discounts are available. Additionally, Season Nine Mainstage Subscriptions are still available, with a 20% savings over individual tickets. For tickets or more information, call our box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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