Marist Theatre Program to Stage The Diary of Anne Frank
Contact: Shannon Dempsey Matt Andrews, Associate Professor
(860) 462-9009; Shannon.Dempsey1@marist.edu (845) 575-3000; Matt.Andrews@marist.edu
The Marist Theatre Program and Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA) has chosen to use its fall main stage
production of The Diary of Anne Frank to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original Broadway production, while
also recognizing the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. With the production of The Diary of Anne Frank,
running October 8 through 11, and a unique, interactive lobby display, the Marist Theatre Program and MCCTA hope
to remind audiences to never forget man’s potential inhumanity to man.
James Steinmeyer, director of production, was inspired
by recent images of places like Bosnia, Rwanda and Syria,
where intolerance has led to the inhumane destruction of life.
Steinmeyer, a Marist alumnus and Marist Theatre Program
Hall of Fame inductee, had previously directed a version of the
production 27 years ago. Despite the passage of time, he
noticed that the themes were still relevant today. Steinmeyer
explained, “When tackling a historical piece, such as The Diary
of Anne Frank, it was important to me that I found a relevant
connection to the present. I wanted to ensure that the show,
our publicity and our lobby display made such atrocities relevant
and helped ensure that we never forget.” The cast's understanding
of these issues was enriched immeasurably by their opportunity to
meet with an area Holocaust survivor, Mr. Michael Silberstein, who
generously took time to describe his experiences to them.
The Marist Theatre Program and MCCTA’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed October 8, 9, & 10 at 8 p.m.
and October 11 at 2 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre at Marist College. There will be a special American Sign Language
interpreted performance and cast talk-back performance on October 11 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior
citizens and $10 for adults, and discounted tickets are available for deaf and hard of hearing audience members and community groups upon reservation. To reserve seats in advance, contact the box office at (845) 575-3133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Marist College Theatre:
Marist Theatre Program is comprised of the many theatre activities on campus, each unique yet working together to provide a comprehensive learning and social experience for students of all majors.The Marist Theatre Program includes both the student centered theatre club (MCCTA) and the college’s academic theatre offerings of the English Department’s Concentration in
Theatre, TheatreMinor, productions & workshops, Alumni Hall of Fame, theatre scholarships, work- study, internships,
Pre-College Summer Theatre Institute, Alpha Psi Omega, and the Anderson Playwriting Contest. A host of theatre courses
are offered each year, including Acting, Directing and Dramatic Literature.
Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA) is the college’s student-run theatre organization. MCCTA is the college’s oldest
theatre club and one of its largest and most active clubs on campus. MCCTA produces several productions a year, including a musical, a comedy or drama, dinner theatre, an original play festival and a children’s theatre production. Some offerings are
produced fully by students, while others are in cooperation with academic theatre and its faculty and staff.