Article Contributed by
Olean Theatre Workshop
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, will be presented by Olean Theatre Workshop on Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18 at the Washington Street Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased on our website http://oleanworkshop.org/tickets.html at the door or by calling us at 373-SHOW (7469) to reserve a ticket or tickets. We will keep your name at the door. Curtain for the evening performances is 7:30 pm and the matinee on Sunday is 2:30 pm. This is a story that must be told, a play that must be seen. It has been said by many that Anne Frank is the “face of the Holocaust.” This is the 70th anniversary of Anne’s death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and there are many celebrations of her life happening all over the world. We are fortunate here in Olean to have this opportunity to attend this wonderful play, and reflect for a time on how Anne’s family of 4 and 4 others took refuge in “The Secret Annex” during the occupation of Holland by the Nazis during World War II. Anne was 13-15 during those years and was a typical teenage girl. It is proper and right to remember what so many – 6 million of Jewish descent and 5 million other “undesirables”- suffered and then died because a man and his cohorts decided it was to be and so it was. We must never forget – we must always remember and this play, based on Anne’s actual diary, helps us. It is good to learn, cry, and hope that at some point, in the history of this world, people will not be judged by religious beliefs, race or other criteria. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This play and the diary on which it is based is a lesson in that philosopher’s words. In the actual diary of Anne, when speaking of her writing abilities, she remarks that “I want to go on living even after my death.” Anne, dear Anne, how prophetic and accurate were your thoughts and hope. You will live forever through your own words. How thankful we are for this. Many years from now, people will be reading your words and acting this play and you will never be forgotten. Never.