Had she lived until now, had she not been killed by the Nazis, Anne Frank would now be in her 80s. But her story is as overwhelming as ever. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and continues to confront evil, "The Diary of Anne Frank" continuously takes on new relevance.
A 2016 adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of the stage drama "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, is on stage May 12, 13 and 14 at the Church of the Advent. Kathleen Weber directs the company Raiders of Niagara in a production accompanied by a special display, including Holocaust artifacts and a personal letter written by Anne's father, Otto Frank. The display is courtesy of Rick Ruberto, who portrays Otto Frank in the play.
Summer Harris plays Anne, and Rebekah Lucia is her sister, Margot. Karen Cash portrays Anne's mother. Jacob Millman, Teri Ritz, and Tom Turici are the Van Daans, the family in hiding along with the Frank family. Mike Leszczynski portrays the dentist Fritz Pfeffer who, in his late 50s, joins the family in hiding and becomes Anne's roommate. His presence in the confined quarters irritated Anne, who gave him the unflattering nickname of Mr. Dussel. The name means, more or less, "nitwit" -- and is a reminder that this story is not just historic, it is human.
Info: "The Diary of Anne Frank" is performed at 7:30 p.m. May 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. May 14 at Church of the Advent (54 Delaware Road, Kenmore). General admission tickets are $13 at the door, or $10 for students, seniors and veterans. Presale general admission tickets are $10. For info or tickets, call the church office, 876-6504.