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Nov. 2-12: 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

The Department of Theatre & Dance's next Mainstage production opens Thursday, Nov. 2.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 10-25-2017

In photo at right, Edith Frank (Mikhayla Clausen) comforts her daughter, Anne (Delanie Wiedrich). Photo provided by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance.

MANKATO – Up next in the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance Mainstage season is the classic – yet timely – “The Diary of Anne Frank,” to open Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Ted Paul Theatre.

While on sabbatical, Director Heather Hamilton spent time working in refugee camps in Greece. She met families who had applied for refugee status in the United States, but were turned down. The Frank family, who hid for 25 months in a 500-foot annex in the Netherlands from 1942-44, also had applied for refugee status in the U.S. and were turned down. This global refugee crisis that persists today is partly what inspired Hamilton to stage “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

About the play: 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!”

“Anne Frank” runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4 & 9-11; and 2 p.m. Nov. 11-12 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.  

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