Frank Talk

Synopsis
Toying with the notion that Anne Frank is indeed alive and well (or seemingly so), ANNE
FRANK IS ALIVE, IN THERAPY, & DOING THE BEST SHE CAN is a laugh out loud
dark comedy that delves into what happens after this discovery is made and the worldwide
frenzy that occurs thereafter.
The play is constructed in the manner of a short play cycle, leading one to wonder if...
Synopsis
Toying with the notion that Anne Frank is indeed alive and well (or seemingly so), ANNE
FRANK IS ALIVE, IN THERAPY, & DOING THE BEST SHE CAN is a laugh out loud
dark comedy that delves into what happens after this discovery is made and the worldwide
frenzy that occurs thereafter.
The play is constructed in the manner of a short play cycle, leading one to wonder if it is
a collection of short plays that all stand on their own, each with their own beginning,
middle and ending ~ or ~ is it indeed a completely unified play where each act draws
from the previous one, providing us with more story and more information to wrap ourselves
up in. From Hollywood jumping on the bandwagon and cashing in on the phenomena
by turning Anne Frank into a zombie-killing superhero (and having an Anne
Frank action figure toy tie-in with McDonald's Happy Meals); to a precocious child told
by her not-so-progressive-after-all school that she can not dress up as Anne Frank hiding
from the Nazis for Halloween; to a gay couple worried about their son's overt "interest"
in Anne Frank; to a celebrity look alike agency trying to find the perfect Anne because
the agency owner is convinced that along with his Elvis, Princess Di, Marilyn
Monroe, and all his other look alike dead celebrities, someone has just got to order
up an Anne Frank; to THE real Anne Frank, herself, appearing on a TV talk show to
clear up the rumors about her so-called death, and to state that she never wanted the
diary to be published in the first place, as it has contributed to ruining her life.
ANNE FRANK IS ALIVE, IN THERAPY, & DOING THE BEST SHE CAN takes a brazen
look at society and its treatment of its icons, particularly “child stars” and why the public
turns on them for doing what we all do: grow up and grow older. It also examines the
accidental celebrity and the toll it takes on the humanity of its person.
Tag Line
The rumors of Anne Frank’s death have been highly exaggerated.
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Frank Talk

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    20 Jul. 2019
    Dark and unique and funny as hell. I love the use of seemingly unconnected short plays living together in this one shared world. A look at celebrity and fame and our culture's blood thirst for more more more. Why do we think we're owed anything from the people we look at from afar and worship? And what would it be like if you had no say in your fame, because what you are famous for was never intended for public consumption? Goldner does an expert job at tackling this, and Anne Frank's legacy with tact, respect, and humor.
  • Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos:
    7 Oct. 2017
    What if Anne Frank were still alive? I saw an excerpt read from this outrageous play at the Midwest Dramatists Conference. It left the audience stunned. So very funny and so very wrong at the same time. I would LOVE to see the entire piece!
  • Robert Lynn:
    7 Oct. 2017
    A scathing, hilarious indictment of our celebrity-obsessed culture, Sharon Goldner's Frank Talk makes us laugh when we fear we shouldn't and forces us re-examine popular culture and how we view our icons. This play makes you laugh and makes you think--a wonderful combination in a theatrical experience.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    The Strand Theater
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
,
Fellowship
,
SheSaidYes! Theatre, Newfoundland Canada
,
2014