The Diary of Anne Frank
Fighting Chance Productions
Allyson Fournier & Ryan Mooney
Theatre / Live Performance
This is a volunteer, community production.
Sunday, February 25th (2:30pm-5:30pm) & Wednesday, February 28th (7pm-10pm)
May 25th – June 23rd, 2018
The Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Please e-mail headshot & resume to email@example.com. You will be asked to prepare one dramatic monologue from the modern cannon – not contemporary or classical. You will also be asked to prepare a scene or monologue from the show.
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, 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. This is a new adaptation for a new generation.
No German or Dutch accents will be necessary. When reading the sides, please try to keep it grounded and natural. No need to be over the top. Although they may not have spoken the way we do now, these were real people, so we want real performances.
MR. VAN DAAN: (40-55) The head of the Van Daans. Struggling to find his place as second in command. He is intelligent and pragmatic if a bit harsh. He wishes to make his wife happy but on his terms. Wants to teach his son to be more out going and to toughen him up during their time in the annex. Is grateful to Otto for welcoming his family into the Annex without question.
MRS. VAN DAAN (35-50) Not ready to give up her lifestyle. She tries to view the annex as simply a new locale, rather than a necessity for survival. She can be a flirt and Anne even goes so far as to call her frivolous. She clings to her fur coast like one clings to their very identity. She hides her fear of the unknown by worrying about trite things such as Anne and Peter’s growing friendship of which she is jealous.
MR. DUSSEL (40-70) A fussy dentist. He is the only one in the annex without family, having left behind his live in girlfriend who is Christian. More than anyone in the annex, he puts himself first at every turn. He has little patience for his roommate, Anne, and is skeptical of their future. *Note: pronounced “Doosel”
MIEP GIES (25-35) A kind, Dutch secretary from the office of Otto Frank. She helps hide the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel. Miep is their connection to the outside world as she keeps them informed and stocked with food, books, and the occasional treat. She is kind and worried but determined to protect them. It is Miep who would find Anne’s diary and save it until after the war, delivering it to Otto upon his return. *Note: pronounced “Meep”
MR. KRALER (40-60) Otto Frank’s business partner. He helps to hide the members of the annex. Like Miep, he never questions his obligations to the Franks and to doing what is right/ A dignified man, at a loss for the world around him.
Nazi Officer and Two Dutch Collaborators (male, any age) Although these three men do not come in until the end of the show, they are exceedingly important roles.