The Diary of Anne Frank
Photo by Lawrence Peart

Thursday, October 8 - 18, 2015
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
$15.00 - $26.00

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Presented by Texas Theatre and Dance in partnership with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

The Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Directed by Brant Pope

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

A story known across the world, The Diary of Anne Frank is the haunting, yet inspiring account of a young Jewish girl and her family’s lives during World War II. Seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, Anne, along with seven others, hid in a “secret annex” in Amsterdam for two years. Told through recordings in Anne’s cherished diary, the play stands as a timeless reflection of her fear, hope and faith during one of the darkest periods in history.

Presented in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces, this production is the centerpiece of a two-day event that both commemorates this unspeakable tragedy and celebrates the poignant works of artistry and intellect that will continue to endure for generations.

The estimated run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Suitable for ages 13 and up.
This production contains adult content and themes.
Content includes smoking and loud noises.

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About the director
Dr. Brant Pope is the chairman of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and has had a 30-year career in both academic and professional theatre as a both an actor and director. His work has been seen Off-Broadway, in regional theatre and in film and television. As a member of AEA and SDC, he has directed and performed at theatres such as The John Houseman Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Park Square Theatre. He is the author of the play Sins of Omission.

Dr. Pope earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota, a master of arts from the University of Connecticut, a master of fine arts from Florida State University and a doctorate in History (American Studies) from Michigan State University. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Pope served as director of the Florida State University Asolo Conservatory (Sarasota), chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois and head of acting and directing at Penn State University.

October 8 at 8:00pm
October 9, 10, 13-17 at 7:30pm
October 10, 11, 17, 18 at 2:00pm

Engagement Events

Anne Frank: Holocaust, Memory and Performance Symposium
October 8 & 9, 2015

This symposium, taking place at The University of Texas at Austin October 8-9, will consider the cultural impact of Anne Frank as a symbol and conduit for grappling with the history of the Holocaust, as well as the crucial ways in which the arts and performance engender dialogue about Holocaust, bigotry, memory, trauma and representation. The symposium will bring together leading scholars, curators and performing artists whose work addresses the representation of this period in history through a variety of forums and fields. Symposium events will feature a keynote presentation from chairman and professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, as well as panels, artist roundtable discussions and workshops featuring Dr. Daniel Green (Northwestern University Department of History), Dr. Brant Pope (chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance), Dr. Erika Hughes (Arizona State University School of Theatre and Film), Dr. Mary Lee Webeck (Director of education at the Holocaust Museum – Houston), Alexandra Zapruder, Dr. Robert Abzug (chair of Jewish Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center), Dr. Jacyln Pryor (Haverford College), Tamar Rogoff and Kristen Smiarowski.

Anne Frank: Holocaust, Memory and Performance is sponsored by Texas Theatre and Dance, the UT Performance as Public Practice Program, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies.

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Members of UT Theatre and Dance address cultural significance of Holocaust with performance of The Diary of Anne FrankThe Daily Texan
BWW Review – UT Theatre and Dance Brings THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK’S Pages to Life# – Broadway World
Review – The Diary of Anne FrankAustin Chronicle

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