The Diary of Anne Frank
Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Directed by Betse Lyons
The Diary of Anne Frank is a haunting, sorrowful, beautiful, and joyful stage story. In Diary, young Jewish girl Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in Holland due to the Nazi takeover of Europe. They live in a cramped annex apartment above her father's former place of business with four other persecuted people. Together, the eight outcasts struggle to have some semblance of a normal life, experiencing the terror of potential discovery, the frustration of close quarters, the pain of too-sparse food, and the joys of friendship, togetherness, and love. The play has garnered a plethora of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and a Critic's Choice Award, and has received a stunningly positive reception from critics.
Diary marked a number of firsts for the still-young Drama Club: the APL directorial debut of Betse Lyons, the production debut of Adam Fosbury, and, most importantly, the premiere of the club's first serious drama. With aplomb, our actors replaced their comedic masks with tragic ones, and the show was an extraordinary success. Diary ran for two weekends and was lauded with almost overwhelming acclaim, resulting in greater generosity from its audiences than the club has ever before known.