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The Diary of Anne Frank
February 21 March 31
The Diary of Anne Frank
February 21 March 31
February 21-March 31, 2018
By Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett Adapted by Wendy Kesselman Directed by David Bradley Leonard C. Haas Stage
Amsterdam, 1942. In a cramped, secret annex, eight Jewish refugees attempt to evade Nazi deportation.

Anne Frank, a teenage girl with a vibrant spirit and a gift for writing, chronicles the courage and terror of their life in hiding. Our production, featuring a multi-racial cast, honors this “undeniably moving” (The New York Times) story as it speaks to today’s increasingly nationalistic world.

Community Night tickets are only $29 — February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd

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Cast and Creative Team
Peter van Daan
Mrs. van Daan
Second Man
Edith Frank
Otto Frank
Miep Gies
Anne Frank
First Man
Third Man
Margot Frank
Mr. van Daan
Mr. Kraler
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Line Producer
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Director's Note
I was struck by these lines when I saw them two months ago at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial in Jerusalem. "Innocent." "Just like...
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The Past is Never the Past: How Anne Frank Speaks to us Now
We decided to produce this play over sixteen months ago. Since then we met with numerous community leaders, theologians, educators, civil rights...
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One Family: An Invitation
Anne Frank’s diary has been translated into over 67 languages and the publication has sold over 30 million copies. The play adaptation has been...
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Audience Reactions
Find out what audiences are saying about this "immensely powerful", "exquisite", "must-see" production.
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Enhance Your Experience
Scoop on Wednesdays

Lively pre-performance discussions about the play with Production Dramaturg Alix Rosenfeld and a member of the artistic team. Add Scoop to your shopping cart with ticket purchase for only $5. 

6pm in the Leonard C. Haas lobby on March 21st with Danielle Leneé, March 28th with John Zak


Facilitated post-performance conversations with the cast after Thursday evening performances, excluding previews. 

March 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th

Dinner and a Show

Enjoy a prix fixe dinner-and-a-show package at our award-winning restaurant, The Farmhouse Bistro. Theatre ticket and dinner packages start at $81. That's a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price! You can also add on a prix fixe dinner to any existing ticket order for $40.

Open Caption Performances

An LED screen near the stage displays dialogue in real-time, simultaneous with live speech and action. No other aspect of the performance is altered.

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday performance beginning February 25th

Audio Description

Audio Description headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance (the set, costumes, and lighting effects, as well as the physical actions and body language of the actors) for our patrons with visual impairments. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue, so patrons won’t miss a moment of the performance. In conjunction with this service, we will offer pre-performance sensory tours with an opportunity to experience up close and feel certain key props and costume pieces.

The 2pm matinees on: March 10th, 24th, 31st. Sensory tours begin at 1:15 - see House Management upon arrival.

Service Animals

People's Light welcomes service animals to all performances and offers a designated relief area for their comfort.

Canine Partners for Life will host a pre-performance demonstration session of their work training service animals at 1pm on March 31st, prior to the 2pm matinee

Lobby Chats

Small group conversations will be facilitated by community partners in the upper Leonard C. Haas Lobby, following the 2pm matinee performances on:

February 25th, March 11th

Panel Discussions


"Adolescence, Trauma, & Resilience"
March 4th, 4:30-6pm

"Identity & Tradition"
March 18th, 4:30-6pm

  • Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Temple Har Zion (Mt. Holly, NJ)
  • Randi Boyette, Director of Education, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Philadelphia
  • Madina, Sophomore, Northeast High School, Philadelphia
  • Salawat, Junior, Northeast High School, Philadelphia

 "The Freedom Seder at 49: Origins and Future"
March 23rd, 6:30-7:15pm

"Anne Frank: Why Now?"
March 25th, 5-6:30pm

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What's the Buzz?
"A clear victory for live theater"
The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "This particular production’s casting elevated the play to another level, embracing the characters’ Jewishness while speaking to a time in which many people ... feel less safe and welcome in this country."

     American Theatre Magazine

  • "A clear victory for live theater"

    "The People’s Light production packs a wallop”

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Well-acted, smartly designed”

    “Brittany Anikka Liu's Anne...excels with childlike energy and ferocious honesty.”

    Broad Street Review

  • "A sterling example of a strong script coupled with a great ensemble."