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Pendragon Theatre Presents The Diary of Anne Frank Feb. 4 and 5

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Pendragon Theatre returns to the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh for its production of The Diary of Anne Frank Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in the Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building.

Pendragon, the Adirondack's only year-round professional theatre troupe based in Saranac Lake, opens its fall/winter season with this production by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman.

Kesselman interweaves recently discovered writings from Frank's diary and survivor accounts with the original Pulitzer Prize winning play by Goodrich and Hackett. Her powerful adaptation captures the looming horror of life beyond the annex, as well as the conflicting emotions its inhabitants encounter on a daily basis.

The play, directed by Susan Neal, is a powerful drama that explores a world that is fragile, volatile and filled with prejudice and cruelty. For two years, eight people hid in a secret annex hoping to escape Hitler's horrifying reign. During that time, Frank emerged as a passionate, gifted and extraordinarily wise young woman. She was able to confront the increasing horror of her time and the complexities of a claustrophobic existence with wit, insight and resilience. Frank's diary provided her solace in the midst of chaos and hope for the future.

Tickets, available at the door only, are $10 for general admission and $7 for faculty, staff, senior citizens and non-SUNY Plattsburgh students. Tickets for SUNY Plattsburgh students are $2 and are available at the Angell College Information Desk or at the door. The box office will open 40 minutes before curtain on the nights of the performance.

For more information, contact the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department at 518-564-2180.

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