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Art Center Theater presents:
The Diary of Anne Frank

Coleman Auditorium
Gualala Arts Center
Fri,   June 15, 6:30 p.m. - Gala Opening*
Sat,  June 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, June 17, 2:30 p.m.
  Fri,   June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sat,  June 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, June 24, 2:30 p.m.

The Diary of Anne Frank On July 6 1942, a Jewish family living in Amsterdam - Otto and Edith Frank and their daughters, Margot, 15 and Anne, 13 - go into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex. They are joined by the van Daans and Mr. Dussel. Anne, who turned 13 in June, records their lives in her diary. Through her words we share the coming of age of this remarkable girl. We enter a world of pettiness and magnanimity, strife and celebration, fear of discovery and everyday joys.

The Diary of Anne Frank The playwrights, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, writing and romantic partners for more than 50 years, collaborated on such screenplays as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." In 1955, they adapted "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl," a first person account of life in hiding. For their efforts they won two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Their dramatization was tailored for an American Gentile audience and deliberately rendered "universal" rather than specifically Jewish and Holocaust related.

In 1997 Wendy Kesselman adapted "The Diary of Anne Frank" (winning a Tony for best revival), rethinking and retelling Anne's story. By using portions of the diary that had been excluded from the 1952 publication, this new version of the play reflects a greatly increased awareness of the specific context, both historical and human. Anne's story is a lesson for the ages - the life and beauty of one young girl's thoughts, hopes and dreams has served the world!

Tickets are available in advance at the Gualala Arts Center
and the Dolphin Gallery; Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Tickets are $15 adults / $10 children in advance
($20 adults / $15 children day of show, if tickets are available).
*Gala Opening tickets are $25 adults / $17 children.

Doors open 30 minutes before show, except for the
*Gala Opening, when doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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