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Anne Frank & Me (70-minute version)

Anne Frank & Me (70-minute version)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Cherie Bennett
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 1996
ISBN-10: 1583426787
ISBN-13: 9781583426784
Cast Size: 7 female, 4 male

About the Play:

Anne Frank & Me is a full-length comedic drama by Cherie Bennett. Nicole Burns, a modern day teen Holocaust denier, is thrown back in time to Paris, France during World War II. As the Nazi's invade France, Nicole is forced into hiding. While struggling for life, she comes face to face with Anne Frank. Nicole comes to respect and admire those who fought for their life.

Anne Frank & Me is a multiple national award-winning new American classic that directly confronts the ignorance of many young people about the Holocaust. "What difference does it make?" one of its teen-age characters asks. "It's ancient history." High School student Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face-to-face with the hell of the Holocaust, and – in an extraordinary sequence – meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. Anne Frank & Me begins with Nicole in today's teen world of hip-hop dancing, unfinished homework assignments, and young love. Along with Nicole, the audience is then transported back in time to Nazi-occupied Paris, a work camp in Auschwitz and then brought forward again to the light and hope of the present.

Anne Frank & Me premiered in 1995 by the Shalom Theatre at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville, Tennessee. It opened Off-Broadway in 1996 at the American Jewish Theatre (AJT) and received rave reviews from The New York Times. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US and has been mounted by middle schools, high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 7 female, 4 male, expandable

What people say:

"Remarkable. As heartbreaking as it is ingenious." — Tennessean

"A triumph." — The New York Times

"Packs a fresh, solid punch. The audience was swept up into the story." — Sun Newspapers

"A masterpiece." — The Observer

About the Playwright:

Cherie Bennett is an American novelist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. She moves effortlessly from genre to genre, writing powerful and entertaining work, whether in literary hardcover teen fiction, mass market paperback fiction, for the stage, film and television, and for her nationally-syndicated teen advice column. Among her many plays is Anne Frank & Me, which she directed off-Broadway to a stellar review in The New York Times. She is also a best-selling novelist and has won an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for her television writing.