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URI Theatre to mark 60th anniversary of end of WWII with its production of The Diary of Anne Frank

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 30, 2005 -- URI Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank this spring commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of survivors from the Nazi concentration death camps where 6 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and political prisoners were exterminated.

The play will be performed in URI’s Robert E. Will Theatre on April 28 through April 30, May 4 through May 7 at 8 p.m., and May 1 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens and children.

The May 1st performance is dedicated to the memory of Thomas R. Pezzullo. All proceeds from that performance will go directly into a memorial scholarship fund, which benefits theatre students.

Out of the Holocaust ashes came many heroic stories of both Christians and Jews, but none more captivating than that written by a charming visionary—a sparkling Jewish girl named Anne Frank.

By the age of 13, Anne knew that she wanted to be a writer and she wrote of her experience with her family and four other Jews hiding from the Nazis for some two years in a claustrophobic “secret annex” in Amsterdam. She wrote of daily life, her adolescent conflicts with her mother, her deep bond with her father and of her first love, Peter. In addition, Anne wrote of her future hopes, fears and aspirations.

“When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death” Anne wrote. (The Diary of Anne Frank). And so she has.

Anne Frank: Diary of A Young Girl was first published in 1947. Since that time, it has been translated into more than 67 languages and has sold more than 31 million copies.

Its original dramatization, The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett was first produced on Broadway in 1955. Forty-two years later, Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the Goodrich-Hackett play included new material and was also produced to acclaim on Broadway. URI is presenting this version of the play.

URI Theatre’s The Diary of Anne Frank is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Bryna Wortman; scenic design by William Wieters; costume design by URI Theatre Alumna Elizabeth Gotaucco; lighting design by URI Theatre Alumna Darlene Viloria and sound design by Peter Nabut.

“As we attempt to fathom such events as The Holocaust, as well as more recent genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda and The Sudan, The Diary of Anne Frank continues to strike a chord among young and old alike with its extraordinary humanity,” says Wortman.

For more information or reservations, please call 874-5843.