Duluth Playhouse celebrates the opening night of historical drama The Diary of Anne Frank at the NorShor Theater tonight, May 6. The full race is until May 22, 2022.

On the inside cover of her diary, Anne Frank wrote: “Be kind and take heart! which translates to something that is still needed in our world today: “Be kind and have courage.”

Anne Frank’s historical writing has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods in human history. Wendy Kesselman’s new adaptation of the classic play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett is inspired by never-before-seen portions of Anne Frank’s diary. This story of resilience encourages audiences to experience this fearless young woman through the eyes of today.

“We are honored to share Anne’s story and to give voice to those who have suffered so needlessly,” said Anika Thompson, director of The Diary of Anne Frank. “Although tragic, we hope to show that all is not bad; we, like Anne, “believe, despite everything, that people really have good hearts”.

The production is directed by Mia Patronas as Anne Frank. She is joined by Chris Ibarra as Otto Frank, Rylee Kuberra as Edith Frank, Greyson Holste as Peter van Daan, Jennie Ross as Mrs. Van Daan, Michael Kraklio as Mr. Van Daan, Shea Callaghan as Margot Frank, Ria Takhar as Meip Gies, Kirby Wood as Mr. Kraler and Zac Pollitt as Mr. Dussel. Joe Meichsner and Cody Do complete the company.

Tickets are now on sale. To reserve seats, please visit the box office at the NorShor Theater (211 E. Superior St) Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 218-733-7555. Duluth Playhouse no longer requires patrons to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering the theater. Masks must always be worn and social distancing seating is available on the balcony. The remainder of Duluth Playhouse’s 2021-2022 NorShor season will feature Footloose and Clue.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.duluthplayhouse.org