The Anne Frank Theater Project is interactive experience that encourages critical thinking, compassion, and inquiry. The two plays offered are age appropriate for audiences ranging from 6th grade students to adults. The performances are appropriate for students learning about the Holocaust and World War II. Teaching topics such as prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry are emphasized. Additionally these topics heighten the awareness that moral courage can move one to action and thereby assist in improving the lives of others. The plays, with guided facilitated discussion, use the lessons of the Holocaust as a background to discuss current issues and make the Holocaust relevant to the world today. We need about an hour and a half for either play though we can work with you to revise the time slightly to accommodate a school assembly program. Your school or the Museum can host the performance.
The Diary of Anne Frank
This is a 45-minute adaptation of the Broadway play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. It portrays how the events of the Holocaust in the Netherlands affected Anne Frank, a German-Jewish teenager, and those living in hiding with her in the secret annex. It chronicles the 25 months that her, and her family and friends hid in the attic above her father’s office in Amsterdam.
A facilitated discussion with the audience follows the performance, highlighting Holocaust history and issues of bigotry, tolerance, as well as coming-of-age and family relationship issues described in Anne Frank’s diary. This also allows students to ask questions of the actors, often focusing on the characters they portray and the situation they found themselves in.
Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile
This is a 55-minute play that follows people from “ordinary” families caught up in the extraordinary political and social upheaval of the Nazi era. It focuses on the relationship between Lida Stein, a Jewish teenage girl, and her best friend Dora Krause, a non-Jewish teenage girl. Nazi decrees force Lida’s parents to give up their daughter to the Krause family who agree to hide her. Lida continues to learn her school lessons from Dora’s mother while Dora becomes a staunch Hitler supporter. Dora gradually becomes racist and anti-Semitic against her once-best friend and their relationship falls apart.
The audience discussion that follows addresses two key aspects of the Holocaust era: the gradual intimidation and eventual segregation of the Jewish community from the larger society, and the characters, motivations and consequences of the decisions of friendly and non-friendly German adults and youth. The discussion focuses on peer pressure and its impact on decision-making, family loyalty, and personal responsibility and personal safety versus moral strength and commitment.Request a Play