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Farmers Alley Theatre Presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present a newly adapted version of one of the world’s most powerful stories, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK – running November 3rd-19th at our original downtown location at 221 Farmers Alley.  On the 70th anniversary of the diary’s publication, we are thrilled and honored to be offering tickets to students with a Valid ID free of charge thanks in part to the Tyler Little Family Foundation as well as state and federal grants.  We feel that everyone, from ages 8 to 88, should be exposed to historic literature like The Diary of Anne Frank to better understand the heartbreak and hope that we all experience as humans.

This terrifyingly true story introduces us to the Frank family as they hide from Nazi persecution in a secret annex in their father’s office building in the Netherlands.  Joined by a handful of others, daughter Anne keeps track of their time in her cherished diary.  Untamed and outspoken, Anne embodies the spirit of youth as she experiences the joys of first love and the horrors of racial and religious prejudices.  Vital and timely, this Tony-Winning adaptation is a performance that once seen, will not soon be forgotten.

Executive Director and Farmers Alley Theatre founder Adam Weiner will direct this stunningly beautiful new production, filled with a cast of extremely talented local and out-of-town actors.  WMU Theatre student Julianna Hirsh will portray Anne whilst Kalamazoo College student Lauren Landman plays her sister, Margot.  Fredric Stone and Pat Daniels portray their parents, Otto & Edith Frank.  Rory Lance, Laurel Scheidt (Other Desert Cities) and WMU’s Lucas Thomas (1776) play the Van Daan’s and their son, Peter.  Ben Zylman (It Shoulda Been You), Ellen Bacca (of WOOD-TV 8), Dave Noyes (1776), Michael Scheidt (A Few Good Men), Mark Lytle, and Jesus Barajas round out the cast.

The Diary of Anne Frank runs November 3rd through the 19th at 221 Farmers Alley.  Tickets can be purchased by calling our Box Office at (269) 343-2727 or by visiting us at www.farmersalleytheatre.com.  Tickets are $30 on Fri/Sat/Sun and $25 on Thursdays.  Seniors 65+ get $2 off per ticket.  Students with a  Valid ID are free of charge.  All tickets and offers are subject to availability.

We will be holding a post-show talkback with the cast and Jeff Haus, Director of Jewish Studies at Kalamazoo College following the matinee on Sunday, November 12th.

Evening Performances

Friday Nov 3rd 8pm
Saturday Nov 4
th 8pm
Thursday Nov 9
th 730pm
Friday Nov 10
th 8pm
Saturday Nov 11
th 8pm
Thursday Nov 16
th 730pm
Friday Nov 17
th 8pm
Saturday Nov 18
th 8pm

Afternoon Performances

Sunday Nov 5th 2pm
Sunday Nov 12
th 2pm (Talkback after performance)
Sunday Nov 19
th 2pm

Any questions? Please contact Adam or Rob Weiner at (269)343-2727.