UNT Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank
UNT Theatre will present virtual performances of The Diary of Anne Frank to commemorate the legacy of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
In Anne’s diary, which she began shortly before she and her family went into hiding in 1942 to escape Nazi persecution, she wrote about her belief that “people are truly good at heart.” In Ginsburg’s 1946 essay, “One People,” she wrote: “There can be a happy world and there will be once again, when men create a strong bond towards one another, a bond unbreakable by a studied prejudice or a passing circumstance.” The essay was published in the “Bulletin” of the East Midwood Jewish Center about a year after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp where Anne died along with more than 50,000 other prisoners.
UNT Theatre hopes its Anne Frank production will help to continue raising awareness about the Holocaust and its impact, especially in light of a recent survey revealing that nearly two-thirds of people ages 18-39 in the U.S. are unaware that 6 million Jews were killed in the World War II genocide.
The play was adapted for Zoom by UNT media arts alum and playwright Jake Sampson. In addition to featuring UNT Theatre students, the production includes music written by College of Music doctoral student Rachel Whelan.
The Oct. 18 performance will be followed by a live discussion about the historical events surrounding the play, featuring panelists Richard Golden, UNT Jewish and Israel Studies director; Kerry Goldmann, lecturer in the UNT Department of History and historian of Jewish American history, African American history and American culture; Lisa Devine, adjunct associate professor in the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre; and Charlotte Decoster, the Ackerman Family Director of Education for the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The discussion will be moderated by Cindy Renker, a senior lecturer of German in the UNT Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.