APRIL 19, 2017 – Iowa City, Iowa – WITNESS a powerful production listening to the memoirs of a young Jewish girl this April as Iowa City Community Theatre presents a new translation by Wendy Kesselman of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by Rachel Korach Howell, APRIL 21-30.

TICKETS: $17 adults, $14 students & seniors, $9 children. Tickets are available online at www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com or at the door, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City. Call 319-338-0443 for special seating needs.

THE STORY: The Diary of Anne Frank is a stage adaptation of the book, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The book are the memoirs of a young Jewish girl forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution during World War II.

The cast features Serena Collins (Anne Frank), Chuck Dufano (Otto Frank), Kathy Maxey (Edith Frank), Melissa Kaska (Margot Frank), Erin Mills (Miep Gies), Grant Blades (Peter Van Daan), Brad Quinn (Mr. Kraler), Kristin Schneider (Mrs. Van Daan), Rip Russell (Mr. Van Daan), Kevin Burford (Mr. Dussel), Mary Lu Callahan (Ensemble), Ben Nelson (Ensemble) and Trent Yoder (Ensemble).

Additionally, a live panel discussion featuring local personalities including r epresentatives from Indigenous Iowa, Students Against Hate, and former congressman Jim Leach, will begin after the first matinee on April 23rd, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The live panel will be moderated by Sonja Spear and is free and open to the public. Lastly, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for the production and the live panel. Please check the ICCT website for more details about this event as we get closer to the show.

Assistant Director Saunia Powell, Stage Manager Kelly Garrett, Assistant Stage Manager Angela McConville, Costume Designer Rachael Lindhart, Properties Stephen Polchert, Scenic Design Michael Blake, Lighting Design Willie Barbour, Sound Design Angie Toomsen, Set Dressing/Lobby Display Lead Allison Hall, Sound Technician Robert Hall, Dramaturges Gerald Sorokin and Sonja Spear, and an extensive stage crew make this production come to life.

“Anne’s message is timeless. Her ability to maintain hope through some of the darkest moments in history are a lesson in humanity, and a gift to those of us who despair,” says director, Rachel Korach Howell. “It is essential to remember her sacrifice, and heed her wish that we honor love over hate, no matter the cost.”

● Thursday, April 20th at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (Please note: These are special matinee times specifically for local schools)
● Friday, April 21st at 7:30 PM
● Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM
● Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 PM
**Please note: There will be a panel discussion, open & free to the public, after the 4/23 performance. More information will be at: iowacitycommunitytheatre.com
● Friday, April 28th 7:30 PM
● Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 PM
● Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 PM

Details at iowacitycommunitytheatre.com