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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Teenager: Anne Frank Presented by the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival













Understanding the horror of the Holocaust is difficult for any decent human being, but it is especially hard for children to process this event. I find reading books or seeing films that are from the perspective of young people about their Holocaust experience makes history real and relevant for me. Reading books like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas or The Devil’s Arithmetic helped me to care about what happened in the past and makes me challenge intolerance now. Of course, the book most of us read as our introduction to the Holocaust was Anne Frank’s Diary. How we all loved Anne and sympathized with her. It was Anne who caused me to start to care about injustice and intolerance.

But Anne was also a teenager. I can’t imagine coming into my own sense of myself under the circumstances Anne did. Thanks to actress Anna Watson and director Frank Bruckner audiences can get a glimpse of Anne Frank, the teenager and not simply Anne Frank, the icon.

As part of the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Teenager: Anne Frank will be presented. I will review the play for you in a couple of days. In the meantime, here is more information about the play.

Teenager: Anne Frank (Philly Fringe Festival)
Performed entirely in a PVC cube, on the roof of a 13-story building, this one-woman show explores the awakening sexuality, isolation, and hopes of the teenager who became the iconic Anne Frank. Presented by the German artists, actress Anna Watson and director Frank Br├╝ckner, as part of the 2009 Philly Live Arts & Fringe Festival.


SHOW DETAILS 8:00pm, Sept 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18
Parkway House, 2201 Pennsylvania Ave.
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students Call 215-847-7365 or
go to THEATRE INBETWEEN to learn more
*Painting 'The Face of the Holocaust" by Aaron Douglass
Photo-Anne Frank
Photo- Anna Watson performing in Teenager:Anne Franck

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