The Diary of Anne Frank

jan 24 - feb 9, 2020
A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
The Diary of Anne Frank is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Feb. 3-4, 2020
Run Time:
2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

“Where there’s hope, there’s life.” – Anne Frank

Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam as the Nazis deport the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.


The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Feb. 2, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

 

 

Anne
Isabelle Piedras
Peter
Marquis Bundy
Margo
Rachel Geisler
Mr. Frank
Greg Blumhagen
Mrs. Frank
Melanie Hall
Mr. Van Daan
Brad Church
Mrs. Van Daan
Molly Fullerton
Mr. Dussel
Brian Bopp
Miep
Rebecca Haroldson
Mr. Kraler/Nazi Officer
Oliver Thrun
Nazi Officer
Jack Schuler
Director
Jodi Jinks
Set Dressing
Angela Lampe
Scenic Artist
Alex Snodgrass
Costume Designer
Jessica Van Essen
Lighting Designer
Amanda Pichler
Sound Designer/Composer
Mark Toebben
Properties Designer
Angela Lampe
Stage Manager
Jason Ehlenfeldt
Assistant Stage Manager
Jada Smith
Technical Director
Nate Lawrence-Richards
Artistic Director
Katy Merriman

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Photos available January 14, 2020
Kill Date: February 9, 2020
Subject: The Des Moines Community Playhouse Production of The Diary of Anne Frank
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Marketing & Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the award-winning drama The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St.

Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam as the Nazis deport the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

The Playhouse cast includes Greg Blumhagen, Brian Bopp, Marquis Bundy, Brad D. Church, Molly Fullerton, Rachel Geisler, Melanie Hall, Rebecca Haroldson, Isabelle Piedras, Jack Schuler, and Oliver Thrun. The Diary of Anne Frank is directed by Jodi Jinks.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and The Diary of Anne Frank, contact The Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

The Diary of Anne Frank Performances: Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020
7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays
2:00 PM Sundays
School Matinees 9:30 AM & 12:00 PM, Feb. 3-4, 2020

The Diary of Anne Frank Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne and Marquis Bundy is Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne and Greg Blumhagen is Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne and Marquis Bundy is Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne and Greg Blumhagen is Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Isabelle Piedras is Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.