The Diary of Anne Frank – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theatre. Very few plays have moved the Broadway critics to write such glowing notices, receiving the unanimous acclaim of all the top New York reviewers. The NY Times, said, “A lovely tender drama…Strange how the shining spirit of a young girl now dead can filter down through the years and inspire a group of theatrical professionals in a foreign land.”

The NY Herald-Tribune said, “The precise quality of the new play at the Cort is the quality of glowing, ineradicable life—life in its warmth, its wonder, its spasms of anguish and its wild and flaring humor…Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive and theatrically craftsmanlike narrative out of the real-life legacy left us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl…as bright and shining as a banner.” The NY Post called it “…a moving document on the stage.” The NY Daily News said, “There is so much beauty, warm humor, gentle pity…in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK that it is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage…this is a fine drama.”

February 25 and 26 and March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and February 27 and March 6 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

The Cast

Anne Frank – Laura Lee Williams
Margot Frank – Catie Tell
Miep – Kim Chelf
Mr. Dussel – Michael Rubke
Mr. Frank – Philip Henry
Mr. Kraler – Nathan Zobel
Mr. Van Daan – Ryan Dickinson
Mrs. Frank – Rachel Miller
Mrs. Van Daan – Rachael Rhoades
Per Van Daan – Caleb Lubka

Creative Team

Director – Jane Cox
Costume Designer – Teal Larsen
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Scenic Designer – Fritz Szabo
Stage Manager – Amanda Mayfield
Light Board Operator – William T. Mort
Sound Board Operator – Bob Baker
Sound Engineering – Nate Thurston
Wardrobe – Ashley Lorenz, Shantel Taylor
Stagehands – Ian Mostrom, Amanda Mullen, Ellis Wells
Photography – Patrick Gouran
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Internet Site Coordinator – Jim Trenberth
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Brett Burkhardt, Heidi Frohardt, Christen Harms, Jessica Havlicek, Teal Larsen, Harmony Leister, Danielle Warnke
Technical Director – Brian Swanson
Electric Shop Staff – Derek Paper
Scene Shop Assistants – Jillian Carstensen, Laura Ellis, Bret Dobbins, Jeremy Hilbert, Sarah Hill, Derek Paper, Ben Wright
Poster Design – Jessi McCool
Seretary – Liese VanderBroek
Publicity Assistant – Jessi McCool
House Managers – Kevin Geiken, Erin Karhoff
Box Office Supervisor – Brian Swanson


Production photos and publicity photos by Patrick Gouran

Read about it in Inside Iowa State and the Iowa State Daily!