Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
December 9-12, 1959
Director - Charles W. Dodrill
Technical Director - Pat Lamb
The Diary of Anne Frank, found by Anne's father after the young girl's death, was translated into English and published in a two-part condensation in the magazine, Commentary, and then in book form · in 1952. Its simplicity and candor moved it immediately to the best seller list. Producer Cheryl Crawford obtained the state rights to the book not long after it was published, and Meyer Levin was assigned to its adaptation. But then, quietly, Miss Crawford allowed her option on the rights to drop. Kermit Bloomgarden, veteran producer, immediately picked up the stage rights and elected the husband and wife writing team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich to make a new adaptation. The first performance of The Diary of Anne Frank was given in Philadelphia on September 15, 1955, where the reception was enthusiastic. The play opened on Broadway on October 5, 1955, and was unanimously welcomed by the New York critics. It won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the Antoinette Perry Award as well. It was later made into a film by Twentieth Century Fox.
Acting | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
College Theater, Otterbein University Theater, Drama
Otterbein University Theatre and Dance Department, "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). 1959-1960 Season. 3.