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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  • Michele Travis:
    4 Aug. 2020
    This play is insightful and hilarious, an examination of history (and who decides what is remembered and recounted, and what isn't), identity, and appropriation. I love the structure, setting, and Maya's precise and resonant language. There's so much to discuss, and be delighted by, in this funny short work!
  • Cheryl Bear:
    16 Jul. 2020
    So much of our understanding of history is through a third party with their own ideas and biases, so who are these figures anyway? This is a hilarious look at that as these women fight over who Anne really was. Well done.
  • James McLindon:
    11 Jun. 2020
    A brilliant meditation on how history often tells us more about the historian than the past. All that and laugh-out-loud funny.

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