Diary of Anne Frank (Kesselman)
THE STORY: In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “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!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.
Anne Frank – (Stage age 12 -16)
Anne Frank is the narrator and the writer of the diary. She is thirteen when
she begins writing. Anne is very outspoken, and before moving into the
Secret Annex, she was very popular at school with both the boys and the
girls. She loves to read and to study, and she wants to be a writer when
she grows up.
Otto Frank- (Stage age 40-50)
Anne’s father is the manager of a firm before they go into hiding. He is the
one who arranges for their hiding place. He is modest, quiet, and generally
low-key. She has a very close relationship with him and gives him the
nickname ‘Pim.’ He teaches her English, French, and algebra, among other
subjects, and she loves to learn.
Edith Frank – ( Stage age 40-50)
Anne is not nearly as close with her mother as she is with her father. She
finds her mother cold and often condescending. She has an idea of what
the perfect mother should be—and Mummy does not fit the image. It upsets
her that Mummy always takes Margot’s side, and seems to prefer her.
Margot Frank – (Stage Age 15-19)
Anne’s sister, Margot is three years older than Anne, and seems quieter
and more serious than Anne. She, too, keeps a diary. She and Anne grow
closer throughout the course of their hiding, but it is with Peter that Anne
shares her hopes and fears. Margot gets on better with their parents, and
Anne feels pressure to be good and sweet like her.
Miep Gies- (Stage Age 25-35)
Married to Henk Gies, she helps hide the Franks, Van Daans, and Dussel
in her warehouse. She is cheerful and often brings them gifts. At
Christmas, she decorates a basket and fills it with presents.
Peter Van Daan – (Stage Age 15-18)
Peter Van Daan is the fifteen-year-old son of the Van Daan family, the
other family who is hiding in the Secret Annex with the Franks. Anne at
first finds him boring and weak, but they begin to talk, and to open up to
each other, and they form a strong bond. Anne falls in love with Peter, and
he probably falls in love with her in return. He gives her her first kiss.
Eventually, though, she gets frustrated with him because he does not like
religion, and because she feels like he is clinging to her. He does not
even try to improve his weak nature, because he finds it easier not to
make the effort. Anne, who finds herself in a constant state of internal
conflict and self-improvement, cannot respect this.
Mr. Kraler – (Stage Age 35-60)
Kraler is one of the men that Anne’s father works with at his firm
Mrs. Van Daan – (Stage Age 40-50)
Petronella Van Daan is one of the eight people hiding in the Secret Annex.
She is Peter’s mother. She is desperately jealous of the bond between
Anne and her son, and she wishes that he would talk to her more. She
and Anne do not get along at all. She criticizes Anne for being so
outspoken, and Anne writes of Mrs. Van Daan frequently in the diary to
complain about how spoiled and frivolous she is and how she flirts with
Mr. Frank. However, at one point, Anne notices that she is easier to talk to
than Mummy, because she is not cold.
Mr. Van Daan – (Stage Age 40-50)
Hans Van Daan is Peter’s father. He is one of the adults who often
Mr. Dussel- (Stage Age 45-60)
Albert Dussel shares Anne’s room. He enters the Secret Annex last. He
was a dentist before going into hiding. At first, Anne likes him, but then he
shows his true colors and is close-minded and stubborn and criticizes her.
Sometimes she does things intentionally to annoy him.