The Diary of Anne Frank, which debuted on Broadway in 1955 and then later toured the country, was one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. The play introduced millions of Americans to the Holocaust and its victims. But what did reenacting Anne’s story mean to the people who created and acted in the play or the 1959 film? How did dramatizing her life affect their lives and careers? Who were they?
In “Playing Anne Frank,” a new podcast series from the Forward, executive editor Adam Langer presents the backstory of the award- winning play and film, and how this iconic work shapes those involved in performing it.