COD’s College Theater Presents “The Diary Of Anne Frank” April 5 to 15

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College of DuPage College Theater presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Connie Canaday Howard, April 5 to 15 at the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre. Please note: This play contains adult language and themes.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” tells the story of two families who attempt to hide from the Nazi regime after the occupation of Holland. Based on Anne Frank’s famous diary, this passionate show brings to life the realities of the time with humor, honesty and determination. The NY Times, calls the play "A lovely tender drama” and The NY Daily News says, "There is so much beauty, warm humor…this is a fine drama."

“This play shows us people dealing with a very difficult, indeed an impossible, situation. But it also is a coming of age and a moving love story: first love, familial love and the love of fellow human beings,” said Director Connie Canaday Howard. ”While it serves to remind us of the horror of the Holocaust, it is essentially a powerful, moving tribute to the human spirit and hope.”

 “The Diary of Ann Frank” opened at the Cort Theatre on Broadway in 1955 and transferred to the Ambassador Theatre in 1957, where it closed later that year after 717 performances. The play received the Tony Award for Best Play and nominations for Best Actress (Susan Strasberg), Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Best Director. Shelly Winters garnered an Academy Award for her performance of Mrs. Van Daan in the 1959 film. Kesselman’s adaptation of the play, from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett, includes newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, plus Holocaust survivor accounts, opened on Broadway in 1997 where it garnered 1998 Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play and for Best Featured Actress (Linda Lavin).

The cast for “The Diary of Anne Frank” includes Riley Skalski (Itasca), Shannon Bachelder (Wheaton) and Austin Slott (Wheaton), Tenleigh Wells (Warrenville), Brandon Torres (Chicago), Alexandra Price (Westmont), Dimitris Michelis (Naperville), Felicity Gould (Roselle), Rob Thomas (Downers Grove), Owen Woodard (Wheaton), Jack Colombo (Glen Ellyn), Anna Safavi (Chicago), and Rima Househ (Carol Stream).

The design team includes Michael W. Moon (scenic design), Kimberly G. Morris (costume, hair and make-up design), and Jon Gantt (sound and lighting design). Stage manager is Jacqueline Davis.

Connie Canaday Howard (director) is Theatre Department Chair at the College of DuPage, where she has directed numerous productions including “Grease,” “Rumors,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “The Three Musketeers,” among others. She is also Artistic Director and an Ensemble member of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE), the professional Equity theater in residence at the MAC where she has directed “Good People,” “Noises Off,” “Into The Woods,” “Dancing at Lughnasa,” “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “Rabbit Hole” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” Favorite acting roles with BTE have been Annie in “The Real Thing,” Harper in “Angels in America” and Ruella in “Communicating Doors.” Canaday Howard is a member of Actors’ Equity, and is on the Artistic and Technical Team of the Jeff Committee. In addition, she holds a M.F.A in directing, and has worked regionally with Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre Company, Belvoir Terrace, Drama Workshop, Down River Dinner Theatre, Ingersoll Theatre, Charlie’s Showplace, and tours of theater and dance, as well as helping to create and perform several improvisational shows. She is the statewide co-chair of the Theatre Panel for Illinois Articulation Initiative, and she was C.O.D.’s Outstanding Faculty for 2003-2004.

A pre-show discussion with designers and director is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 5. A post-show discussion with the director, actors and crew is offered Friday, Friday, April 13. Tickets are $14 for Students and $16 for Adults. For tickets or more information call the MAC Box office at (630) 942-4000 or visit  

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