Barter Theatre to bring 'Diary of Anne Frank' to Center Stage Oct. 22

Oct. 5, 2010

Barter Theatre will perform the Tony award-winning play "The Diary of Anne Frank" Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/centerstage/annefrank/. Tickets are priced at $24, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

"The Diary of Anne Frank," edited by Otto Frank, is part of Luther's 2010-11 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events. The Oct. 22 performance is part of the Barter Theatre company's national tour. The company, based in Virginia, brings a full cast and set to the Center Stage at Luther.

Written in 1955 by Frances Goodrich, the timeless stage production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, aims to raise up courage, optimism and love.

For more than 60 years, Anne Frank's words have kept her spirit alive in the minds and hearts of readers all over the world. Relive the incredible life of Anne Frank as she shares her hopes, aspirations and observations on family, love and life. Caught in a world of hate she couldn't comprehend, this young Jewish girl has become an icon of light for all who dare to dream.

Barter Theatre director Richard Rose says, "The beauty of the story of Anne Frank is that she left behind in her diary not the fear or the mundane, but the everyday thoughts, dreams and ordinary existence of an adolescent girl growing up in extremely difficult conditions while struggling with those things every adolescent experiences. Yet, Anne's life is far from ordinary; it is courageous."

In 1999, Time magazine named Anne Frank among the icons of the 20th century on their list of "The Most Important People of the Century," stating: "With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity."

Rose reiterates, "Her story of daily existence serves to remind us all—then, now and through the ages—of the injustice of hatred."

The performance is sponsored in part by Gundersen Lutheran–Decorah Clinic.

Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 Center Stage Series include "Professor Kubinek meets the Symphony" on Nov. 6 and the Kenny Barron Trio with special guest David Sanchez on Nov. 11.

To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the center stage website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.