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'The Diary of Anne Frank' Play to Open

APRIL 6, 2007--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Theatre presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" April 13-14 and 19-21 with performances at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus.      

This production is based on a new adaptation of the play by contemporary playwright Wendy Kesselman. The play tells the story of the Franks, a family of German Jews, who go into hiding in Holland during World War II in the hopes of surviving until the end of the war. Several other people are with them and try to keep up their spirits and their courage during this difficult period. For almost two years, they live in hiding, but are finally exposed. The entire family except for Otto Frank die in a Nazi concentration camp.   

Despite its somber subject matter, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a joyous testimony to the power of the human spirit, says director and theater Professor Meg Swanson.

"The characters of the play are richly drawn and endear themselves to us," she says. "The awkward attempts of the young characters to grow up, the conflicts between parents and children, and the stresses between married people all take on a heightened sense of importance because of the isolation of these individuals in a tiny attic apartment."  

Each performance will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the production. The discussion is facilitated by students from the UWRF College of Education and Professional Studies, who have worked closely with the production staff.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 715-425-3114 and are $7 for adults and $4 for students or senior citizens.


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