About the Play
Thirteen actors share the intimate Writers Theatre bookstore space in this powerful and authentic portrait of a young girl clinging to hope in a time of tragedy.
Directed by Kimberly Senior, the Writers Theatre production will provide a visceral insight into the realities of life in the “secret annex,” in which the tight quarters and forced intimacy serve as an ever-present reminder of the danger just outside--allowing audiences to come to know Anne and her family in a new and strikingly honest way.
Due to the intimate nature of the performance space, there can be no late seating or re-entry for this production.
"Bringing The Diary of Anne Frank to the Writers Theatre audience is particularly thrilling because of the opportunity that such an intimate staging provides. In such close proximity, we begin to see the real struggle that belies each character. They are at once heroic and frightened, vivacious and subdued.
I'm eager to make the danger palpable and examine this extraordinary piece of history through our current lens."
Tuesday – Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 8:00pm
- This is a general admission venue and specific seats are not reserved in advance. Doors to the performance space will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance, at which time you may enter and choose the seats you prefer.
- Due to the intimate nature of this venue, there is no late seating. This is required to ensure the safety of all audience members and actors. We recommend arriving no later than 15 minutes prior to performance.
- For performances listed as “Sold Out,”contact the Box Office for more information about our standby and wait lists as well as for assistance locating currently available dates and times.
“A truthful, deeply engaged production. Extraordinary in the telling.”
– Chicago Tribune
“There can be no finer reminder of the power of intimate spaces than
the Writers Theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank.”
– Chicago Sun-Times
“Writers Theatre delivers a dark, unforgettable Diary of Anne Frank [that]
will haunt me for a long time.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Mesmerizing. A wonderfully detailed, exquisitely acted revival.”
– The Daily Herald
“Highly Recommended. Put this production on your MUST SEE list!”
– Around the Town Chicago
“Taut…urgent and wholly gripping.”
– Pioneer Press
“If ever there was ensemble theater, this is it.”
– Chicago On the Aisle