Three Anne Franks

Three people audition to play Anne Frank in a production that could not obtain the rights to a single word from Anne’s diary. As interpretations vary, we begin to see the difference between who Anne Frank was and who we need her to be. With biting humor, this play explores complications of privacy and authorship, appropriation, race and Jewish identity, and the performance of history.
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Three Anne Franks

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  • Julianne Jigour:
    20 Aug. 2020
    What a stunning play. So inherently theatrical and thought-provoking. Funny and poignant. A memorable exploration of how we turn people into symbols for our own use, how we struggle to process trauma and tragedy, how we grapple with our identity and how we identify others. Just love this!
  • Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn:
    19 Aug. 2020
    In a surreal, yet frank play about actors vying to be in a play about a real turned surreal historical character, 3 actors and a props master dig deep into the world of Anne Frank. When the atrocities of the past become nothing more than props to a story, do we lose the humanity of the moment? Is it important to be exactly who Anne was to understand her? This play is beautiful while still being funny and relatable.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    17 Aug. 2020
    Really phenomenal work. THREE ANNE FRANKS delves into identity, idolization, and the oddity and warping that can happen through only taking the parts we want from history. I love how bizarre Macdonald takes the script, and how she uses humor while tackling a subject we're told never to laugh at. But the beauty is that we're never laughing at Anne Frank or the Holocaust with THREE ANNE FRANKS, just the Disneyland-like change the subject goes through so that it can be "relatable" to modern audiences.

Production History

  • Professional
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    Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival
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    2020
  • Workshop
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    Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre
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    2018
  • Workshop
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    JACK
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    2017