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PCC Presents "The Diary of Anne Frank"

March 13, 2013

  • What: "The Diary of Anne Frank," presented by Pima Community College Theater Arts
  • Where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, just west of downtown.
  • When: April 11-21, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. 
  • Tickets: $15 with discounts for students, seniors and groups, 206-6986 or centerforthearts@pima.edu.
  • Box office hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 206-6986, centerforthearts@pima.edu., www.pima.edu/cfa
  • Other information: ASL interpreters April 18 at 7:30 p.m. www.pima.edu/cfa for more information.

Tucson, AZ -- Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and directed by Nancy Davis Booth. 

In 1943 Holland, a 13-year old Jewish girl and her family are forced into hiding to escape deportation to concentration camps by the Nazis. Anne and her family, along with four others, lived secretly in a cramped annex above Otto Frank’s office. Isolated from the outside world, they lived in constant fear of being discovered. Days fluctuated between boredom, hunger, deprivation and terror. During the two years in hiding, young Anne recorded her thoughts, feelings and the events around her in her now world-famous diary.

After the war, the pages of her diary were found scattered on the floor of the annex and were preserved by the two women who had supplied the hidden group with food and supplies. Anne’s story lives on through her diary. The diary became a best seller after it was adapted for stage and performed throughout the world. It premiered on Broadway in 1955, and won the Pulitzer Prize, the Critics Circle Prize and the Tony Award for best play in 1956. Anne Frank became a universal symbol of triumph of spirit over oppression.

Director Nancy Davis Booth has the highest regard for the playwrights Goodrich and Hackett; also known for writing “Father of the Bride,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life;" and has chosen to perform their original script rather than the more recent adaptation by Wendy Kesselman.

When asked why she chose this play Booth replied, “I was surprised that the students knew so little about The Holocaust and World War II. It is critical for each generation to know the story and to tell it over and over, for it is in the telling that we remember that which we must never forget. Anne was one small light that extinguished the darkness.”

Booth is collaborating with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, from Tucson's Congregation Chaverim, on many details pertaining to Jewish traditions and rituals in the play. Pima’s performances commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013. An open dialogue with the audience, cast and director will follow every performance. 

CONTACT:
Carol Carder, marketing/pr
PCC Center for the Arts
2202 W. Anklam Road
520-206-3062
ccarder@pima.edu

Nancy Davis Booth, performing arts faculty
218-329-2979
ndbsoprano@aol.com