The Diary of Anne Frank

by Frances Goodrich &
Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Richard Mancini

Sunday, September 24 – 7:00 pm

Monday, September 25 – 7:00 pm

Callbacks, if needed, to be advised


Performance Dates

November 24 – December 10, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM
Sundays @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, November 30 @ 8:00 PM

Dress Rehearsal (with an audience)
Wednesday, November 22 @ 8:00 PM



In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, “The Diary of Anne Frank” captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Casting the following roles. All roles are open. Auditions will consist of readings from the script – seeking the following:

Otto Frank – early 50s; Anne’s father; a Jewish businessman who left Germany after Hitler’s rise to power, hoping to find refuge in Holland.

Anne Frank – 13 (at beginning of play); a teenage Jewish girl who writes a diary while she and her family are hiding in Amsterdam from the Nazis during World War II.

Margot Frank – 16; Anne’s sister, three years older than Anne.

Edith Frank – early 40s, Anne’s mother; the source of many conflicts with Anne during the two years that the family spends in hiding.

Mr. Van Daan – 40s – 50s; a Jewish businessman and an associate of Mr. Frank’s; he and his family share the “Secret Annex” with the Franks.

Mrs. Van Daan – 40s – 50s; Mr. Van Daan’s wife, a rather interfering person; Anne finds it difficult to get along with her.

Peter Van Daan – 15; the Van Daans’ son, a little more than 2 years older than Anne; his calm, quiet nature contrasts with her more excitable, vital personality; they eventually develop a warm and loving friendship.

Mr. Dussel – 60s-70s; an elderly dentist who joins the group in hiding in November 1942. He shares Anne’s room, and his pedantic nature continually irritates her.

Miep Gies – late 20s-early 30s; a trusted friend and business associate of Mr. Frank’s, who works in the office below the “Secret Annex.” She helps obtain food and supplies for the group in hiding and keeps their spirits up.

Mr. Kraler – A Dutch Gentile businessman and associate of Mr. Frank and Mr. Van Daan, who takes over the running of the business. He works in the office in the building where the “Secret Annexe” is located, and helps with logistics, obtaining food, etc.

3 Men who raid the Secret Annex and capture the families in hiding at the end of the play:

First Man (Nazi officer)
Second Man (Dutch collaborator)
Third Man (Dutch collaborator)

If you have questions or need more information, please contact director Richard Mancini –

Westport Community Theatre
Westport Town Hall – 110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
Box Office (203) 226-1983

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