I've been working with this production for a couple of weeks now, when Marshall Hughes asked me to fill in for an actor for a couple of performances that the actor couldn't make. I agreed for a couple of reasons. First, I worked with this company in the spring and had nothing but fun. It's a wonderful group of people to hang around with, and Marshall is a delight to work with. I'm hoping to start acting more, as long as it doesn't take away too much time from playwriting, and I thought this would be a good, low-impact way to get my chops back. For those interested, I'll be performing during both Saturday performances.
But, the major reason I said yes was because I wanted to be involved with a theater that works with the community. Lots of theaters say they work with the community, or want to work with their community, but the Roxbury Repertory Theater walks the walk. Marshall works with the schools, and each year produces a play that they are studying in the schools. That's the reason for this production. Tickets are super cheap, and I don't know if I'm supposed to divulge this, but Marshall told me if someone wants to get in but doesn't have the money he just lets them in. It's truly a theater that is a part of the community, and that aligns with my values at an theater artist, too.
Anyway, here's the copy from the Facebook page. And make sure you friend Roxbury Repertory Theater on Facebook.
Through Anne's eyes, the compelling story of eight Jewish people in hiding during the Nazi occupation unfolds. Confined to a small space for two years, the piques and pleasures and hopes and fears of eight personalities are much harder to contain. As tensions build, they find themselves struggling to survive each other just as trying as surviving the war.
Playwright Wendy Kesselman’s powerful adaptation and an ensemble of diverse actors keep the story alive and vibrant. Performed without intermission, each show will feature a story by a survivor of genocide, including the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Darfur.
Wendy Kesselman will lead a talkback at the 8 PM performance on Friday, November 2nd. Performances will premiere new text by the playwright and will feature a brilliant set design by scenographer Mirta Tocci and live music sung by Ron Murphy.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Mainstage Theater is wheelchair accessible. For tickets and information, please contact Pamela Green at (617) 541-5380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu, October 25: 10 AM & 8 PM
Fri, October 26: 10 AM & 8 PM
Sat, October 27: 2 PM
Sun, October 28: 4 PM
Thu, November 1: 10 AM & 8 PM
Fri, November 2: 10 AM & 8 PM
Sat, November 3: 2 PM & 7 PM
CAST: Cliff Blake, Heather Bonin, Julie Dapper, Albert Flint Jr., Lauren Foster, John Greiner-Ferris, Ethan Hermanson, Lida McGirr, Holly Newman, Whitney Sandford, Francesco Tisch, and Chris Wrenn
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
~Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
~Directed by Marshall Hughes
~Scenography by Mirta Tocci
~Robbie McCauley, Artistic Director