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MRT 2012/13 Season

Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

The Diary of Anne Frank

“Tender, rueful, moving drama”

The New York Times


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Dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
October 23 - December 2
Quadracci Powerhouse

Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become an essential tool for understanding one of the darkest periods of our history—and one of the most beautiful, haunting stories in our shared experience. A testament to the human spirit and its young author’s “boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good,” the play illuminates Anne’s unwavering belief in justice and love during more than two years in hiding during World War II. This moving, true story is essential viewing for every generation.

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Mark Clements

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the greatest testaments to living in the present that I’ve ever read, and it never fails to move me to tears. The story may be set against one of history’s grimmest eras, but out of that comes incredible light and incredible hope from the strength of Anne’s spirit. This is a story that every generation needs to hear, and we’re honored to tell it.


» 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

» 1956 Tony Award for Best Play

» 1956 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play

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   from Artistic Director Mark Clements


First Rehearsal: Meet the Cast

Creative Team

KJ Sanchez, Director
Dan Conway, Scenic Designer
Rachel Healy, Costume Designer
Thomas C. Hase, Lighting Designer
M.L. Dogg, Sound Designer
Jill Walmsley Zager, Dialect Coach
Sandy Ernst, Casting Director
Jessica Ventura, Assistant Casting Director
Claire Simon, Chicago Casting Director
Paige Hathaway, Assistant Scenic Designer
Amanda Weener*, Stage Manager
Kimberly McCann, Assistant Stage Manager
Lenny Banovez, Assistant Director
Kaitlin Kitzmiller, Stage Management Intern

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



Jonathan Altman ( First Man) is a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble and was just seen in The Rep’s production of Assassins.  -Top-


Emily Berman (Margot Frank), is also a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble and is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan.  -Top-


J. Alexander Coe (Peter Van Daan) will be making his Rep debut and was most recently an Acting Intern with Actors Theatre of Louisville; recent roles include Minnesota State University Mankato’s The Owl and the Pussycat, The Odyssey and The Producers; Coe holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University Mankato.  -Top-


Jonathan Gillard Daly (Mr. Frank), a Rep Associate Artist, was most recently seen at The Rep on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage as The Proprietor in Assassins; other roles include Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, among many others; Daly is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN.  -Top-


Lee E. Ernst (Mr. Van Daan), also a Rep Associate Artist, was most recently seen as Samuel Byck in Assassins, Brabantio/Montano in Othello, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the title role in Lombardi; he has performed in over a 100 roles at The Rep since he joined the acting company in 1993; Ernst is also an accomplished fight choreographer and does fight choreography across the country.   -Top-


Kelley Faulkner (Miep), was just seen performing on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage in the Chorus ofAssassins; other recent roles at The Rep include Patsy Cline in Always . . . Patsy Cline, Belle/Lucy in A Christmas Carol and Sally Bowles in Cabaret; other credits include Claire in Proof (Theatrefest), Nancy in Oliver! and Emily Arden in State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre) and Roxie in Chicago (New Candlelight Theatre), among others.  -Top-


Laura Gordon (Mrs. Frank), a Rep Associate Artist, just finished directing Guttenberg! The Musical! in The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret; she has performed in over 75 productions at The Rep including Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers; Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, The Crucible and Doubt, amongst many others.  -Top-


Lauren Hirte (Anne Frank), a Chicago-based actress, recently appeared with Lookingglass Theatre Company in Icarus; additional credits there include Fedra, Alice in Lookinglass Alice (including tours to New Victory Theatre, NY; McCarter Theatre, Princeton and Arden Theatre, Philadelphia) as well as Hard Times (Lookingglass and Arden Theatre, Philadephia); other credits include Dream and all three productions of The Flying Griffin Circus at the Actors Gymnasium, where she has been teaching and performing for the past ten years; and A Festival of Jewish Stories at the Piven Theatre, where she teaches on occasion and is an alum of their YPC.  -Top-


Larry Neumann, Jr. (Mr. Dussel), making his Rep debut, is a veteran Chicago actor who has performed in over 60 productions throughout the Chicago area in over 30 theaters; recent memorable performances include Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Phil Hogan in The Moon for the Misbegotten and Edgar Allen Poe in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe (First Folio); film credits include Stir of Echoes, Relative Evil, Let’s Go to Prison, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Stranger Than Fiction, The Merry Gentleman and Cash.  -Top-


James Pickering (Mr. Kraler), a Rep Associate Artist, returns to the Quadracci Powerhouse after performing the role of Duke of Venice in Othello; other roles last season included Judge Taylor in To Kill a Mockingbird and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; recent favorite roles include Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Niels Bohr in Copenhagen and Hugh in Translations.  -Top-


Jess Prichard (Second Man), a member of The Rep’s Artistic Ensemble, completed his MFA in Acting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he has spent two summers with Associate Artist Jonathan Gillard Daly at the The Great River Shakespeare Festival.   -Top-


Deborah Staples (Mrs. Van Daan), a Rep Associate Artist, returns to the Quadracci Powerhouse after performing the roles of Emilia in Othello and Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird last season; she was also seen performing the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Miggott in A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater; this past spring and summer she finished a run of The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead at Writers’ Theatre in Glenco, IL.  -Top-


JR Yancher (Third Man), a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble, was just seen in The Rep’s production of Assassins as James Blaine and in the Chorus; he is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.   -Top-

The Creators

Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Frances Goodrich was born in New Jersey in 1890. After graduating from Vassar College in 1912, she went to New York where she studied for a year at the New York School of Social Work. Her first acting experience was with a Massachusetts stock company, but in 1916 she made her Broadway debut.

Albert Hackett was born in New York in 1900, the son of professional actors. He made his stage debut when he was six years old. He performed in silent films and on stage before becoming a writer.

Goodrich and Hackett met in 1927, when both were performing with a Denver stock company. They soon began working as a writing team. The first collaborative effort was the play Up Pops the Devil, which opened in New York in 1930 and was made into a film the following year. Also in 1931, the couple married.

By 1932, Hollywood’s MGM studio was contracting their writing services; between 1933 and 1939, they wrote thirteen films, many of them box-office successes. Their work, such as 1934’s The Thin Man and its sequels, was characterized by its literate and sophisticated dialogue. After a brief return to New York to write plays and act, in 1941 Goodrich and Hackett signed on with Paramount but found few rewarding assignments there. In 1946, they moved to RKO to work on It’s a Wonderful Life. In the 1940s, Goodrich and Hackett wrote several more award-winning scripts, including Easter Parade (1948), Father of the Bride (1950), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).

By the 1950s, however, Goodrich and Hackett had become interested in a different sort of project: an adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. They worked on this script for two years, even meeting with Otto Frank and visiting the attic where the Franks and four other Jews hid from the Nazis. The play opened on Broadway in 1955, and it was the high point of their careers, earning a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1959, they adapted the play into a film, but though it was a critical success, it did not gain popularity at the box office.

Goodrich and Hackett’s final film was 1962’s Five Finger Exercise. After its failure, they returned to New York and ceased writing screenplays. Goodrich died of cancer on January 19, 1984, in New York. Hackett died of pneumonia on March 16, 1995, in New York.

Source: Drama for Students, ©2012 Gale Cengage

The Rep Experience

Each of our shows offers opportunities for our audience to engage in conversations and discussion with our staff, artists and guest speakers. Please join us!

Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
45 minutes prior to curtain | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Get an insider’s look at the production from cast member James Pickering with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance of The Diary of Anne Frank.

‘Round Six Happy Hour
Thursday, October 25 • 6pm | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Lobby
Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring live music by Pete and The Hot Mess, complimentary appetizers and beer from Rock Bottom. ‘Round 6 is free with your ticket.

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TalkBacks With Local Holocaust Survivors | Post-Show
Wednesday, 1:30pm matinees, Nov 7 and 21 | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Join us for special TalkBacks after the performance with local Holocaust Survivors.

Nov. 7 – Raye David was a teenager living in Poland during World War II. The Nazi’s shot Raye’s father in the nearby forest of Ponari. She lived in the Vilno Ghetto from 1941-1943 with her mother and some family members. Raye and her mother were liberated from Bergan-Belsan in 1945 on her 18th birthday.

Nov. 21 – Louis Koplin (born Ludwig Kopolowitz) was born in Nelipeno, Czechoslovakia (now in the Ukraine), on July 30, 1920. Louis was sent to the Russian front to dig ditches and work in the mines, sent to a labor camp and became a shoemaker and was force-marched with thousands of others for more than 300 miles to the concentration camp of Mauthausen. The camp was finally liberated by the US Army.

TalkBack | Post-Show
Sunday, November 4 & 11, 2pm matinees | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Join us for post-show discussion with Jody Hirsh, Education Director at the Jewish Community Center.

Lunch Matinee
Wednesday, November 21 • 11:45am | Gallerie M at the InterContinental Hotel
Join us for lunch and a discussion with Props Director Jim Guy as he discusses all the elements of the set and props that you will see for The Diary of Anne Frank. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, November 19 to Jennifer Bloomer at 414-291-4790 or jenniferbloomer@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com.

Lobby Display
Make sure to come early to have time to review the extraordinary display in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater lobby provided by The Anne Frank Center USA.


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Running Time
2hrs. and 45 min.

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Recommended Age
12 years and older

Access Dates
Audio Described
Tues. Oct. 30, 6:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thurs. Nov. 15, 7:30pm
Sun. Nov. 18, 2pm

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