EDUCATION MATINEE 2019-20 — The Diary of Anne Frank — VIDEOS

Posterized photo of Anne Frank's character, wearing a green, 1930s style dress and holding a journal

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

A special presentation created by artists in isolation

Available for streaming through May 24, 2020

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Directed by Ellen Fenster

It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world as slowly being transformed into a wilderness, I hear that approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I hear the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better.”

— Anne Frank

As people around the world are sheltering in place, the artists and theatre makers at Park Square Theatre looked to its mission and existing work to find a new way to engage with one another, with the current global insecurity and with the past.

Park Square was set to open its 21st production of The Diary of Anne Frank to over 12,000 middle and high school students when Minnesota’s shelter in place orders took effect. While not being able put on a live show, there was a compulsion on the part of the cast and company to share the play’s essential message with students, educators, and parents engaged in distance learning, and with a country experiencing social isolation and anxiety about the future in unprecedented ways.

When it became clear that there was no way to assemble to record the staged version, the cast began rehearsing and recording a Zoom reading of the play. It was released on April 21, Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In this time of great trial across the globe, we invite you to get to know this extraordinary young woman who wrote:

It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals; they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

— Anne Frank, July 15, 1944

 

Special Thanks:

To Aaron Fiskradatz for video and Zoom support.
To Samuel French for permission to present this experience free of royalties.

Study Guide

Click image to download Park Square Theatre’s Study Guide.

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Playbill

Click image to download the playbill supporting the planned stage production of the play.

Playbill cover - The Diary of Anne Frank - 2020

E-book

Click here to download an e-book of The Diary of Anne Frank, intended for nonprofit educational use.

Watch the Full Production

Act 1

Act 2

Though we are unable to gather in person, the importance of Park Square’s mission remains stronger now than before. In times of darkness we turn to art to touch the heart, engage the mind, and delight the spirit.

We envision a world where all young people are inspired with confidence and compassion. As theaters and artists adapt to these new norms, and find creative ways to connect, we look to the support of our audiences to help us endure and prevail.

Your tax-deductible contribution in support of Park Square Theatre’s Education Department helps meet this unimaginable moment in our collective history.

Study Guide

Click image to download Park Square Theatre’s Study Guide.

park-square-study-guide-2019-20-diary-of-anne-frank-TH

Playbill

Click image to download the playbill supporting the planned stage production of the play.

Playbill cover - The Diary of Anne Frank - 2020

E-book

Click here to download an e-book of The Diary of Anne Frank, intended for nonprofit educational use.

Watch Scene by Scene

Act 1

Act 1, Scene 1:
Mr. Frank Returns

Themes: after the Holocaust, returning to your home
Diary Entry #1, Monday, July 6, 1942

Act 1, Scene 2:
Arriving at the Attic

Themes: setting the scene for their survival, the realization of the young people that they will be in isolation
Diary Entry #2, Friday, August 21, 1942

Act 1, Scene 3,  Part 1:
Living in the Attic

Act 1 Scene 3, Part 2:
A new room mate

Themes: children vs. adults, adolescence, family dynamics
Diary Entry #3, Monday, September 21, 1942

Act 1, Scene 4:
A Nightmare

Themes: Fear and terror of the Nazis, parent/child dynamics, growing up
Diary Entry #4, Monday, November 9, 1942

Act 1, Scene 5:
Hanukkah in the Attic

Themes: celebration, terror, resilience
Diary Entry #5, Saturday, January 1, 1944

Act 2

Act 2, Scene 1:
A New Year

Themes: time passing, scarcity, young people finding their voices
Diary Entry #6: Monday, March 6, 1944

Act 2, Scene 2:
A Date

Themes: Young love, young people finding their independence and identities
Diary Entry #7, Thursday, April 20, 1944

Act 2, Scene 3:
The Bread Thief, D-Day

Themes: Hunger, family dynamics, possible liberation
Diary Entry #8, Wednesday July 2, 1944

Act 2, Scene 4:
Our time here has come to an End

Themes: their capture, the Holocaust, genocide
Diary Entry #9, August 4, 1944

Act 2, Scene 5:
Mr. Frank Returns
“I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

Themes: The Holocaust, genocide, Anne’s legacy

Talk Back with Director and Cast

A conversation with the director, stage manager, cast members and select audience members.

This conversation was held on April 29, 2020.

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