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A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Dennis Lickteig


In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence - their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief - artfully bringing Anne’s words to life for a new generation.



"Wendy Kesselman's finely textured new DIARY tells a deeper story. A sensitive, stirring and thoroughly engaging new adaptation."

- NY Newsday



The More You Know!

Read the show guide for The Diary of Anne Frank courtesy of StageAgent.com, the leading online resource for theatre artists and fans. Learn about the show’s context, authors, plot and characters.




Performance dates: November 5 - 20, 2016 (preview November 4)

Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm


Ticket Prices: $25-52 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night)


Age recommendation: Appropriate for ages 11 and up.


Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 93401

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit page or call 650-329-0891. To purchase 2016-17 season tickets, scroll down the the bottom of the page.




Opening Night AfterGlow Party

Saturday, November 5

Enjoy a post-show reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.  



Pre-Show Discussion with Gunn High School’s Tim Farrell

Sunday Matinee Performances - November 6, 13, and 20

Meet in the Lucie Stern Theatre one hour before the show on Sundays for an engaging discussion with Tim Farrell, retired Gunn High School English teacher. Hear about the literary and historical context of the play and discover why Anne Frank’s story is still relevant today. The 30-minute talk includes time for Q and A. FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.



Post-Show Talkback Series

Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, November 17

Enjoy our Talkback series with Artistic Director Patrick Klein, Stage Director Dennis Lickteig and members of the cast following the performances, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance.  






Margot Frank - Megan Bartlett
Mr. Van Daan - Shawn Bender
Mr. Dussel - Tom Bleecker
Mrs. Van Daan - Rachel Michelberg
Otto Frank - Vic Prosak
Anne Frank - Roneet Aliza Rahamim
Miep Gies - Clara Reese
Edith Frank - Kelly Rinehart
Peter Van Daan - Anthony Stephens
Mr. Kraler - John Musgrave




Director - Dennis Lickteig 
Scenic Designer - Kuo-Hao Lo 
Costume Designer - Shannon Maxham 
Lighting Designer - Selina Young 
Sound Designer - Jeff Grafton
Properties Designer - Pat Tyler 
Stage Manager -  Lauren Howry 
Technical Director - Will Schroeter 
Master Electrician - Joseph Hidde

Production Manager - David Murphy

Artistic Director - Patrick Klein




TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at (650) 329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show!