Readers Theatre

Theatre Chevruta: a Jewish Readers Theatre presents a season of remembrance.

This season we're honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Miller and the 70th anniversary of the first article published about Anne Frank's diary. Our October 2015 performance was Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, and our April 2016 performance will be The Diary of Anne Frank.


The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Auditions: Tuesday, January 19th OR Wednesday, January 20th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, April 9th | 7:00pm
Sunday, April 10th | 2:00pm

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

$10 students and seniors, $15 presale, $20 at the door, JCC members FREE when you pre-register.

Information on Auditions:
Come to either night, not both. Appointments not necessary; auditions are walk-in. Monologues are welcome, but not required. Cold readings from the script will be provided when you arrive. (You'll have time to practice.) Bring a resume and headshot, if available. If you don't have one, come anyway!

Callbacks, as needed will be Wednesday, January 27th - by invitation, based on auditions. Questions? Contact Doug Brook at doug@brookwrite.com.

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances are at the APJCC. There will be a total of ten rehearsals, scattered through February, March, and April, based on cast availability.


Anne Frank: 13-15 years old. Lively, curious, optimistic. Always making the best of things with her creative imagination.
Margot Frank: Anne's older sister. More grown up than Anne. Quiet, modest, reserved.
Edith Frank: Anne's mother. Nervous, reserved. Wishes Anne were more refined like Margot.
Otto Frank: Anne's father. Practical, polite businessman. Sets the tone with calm and patience.
Mr. Van Daan: Otto Frank's former business partner. Irritable, selfish, critical, but not a horrible person.
Mrs. Van Daan: Van Daan's wife. A materialist, vain, and particular.
Peter Van Daan: 16-18 years old. A shy, awkward boy. Becomes Anne's friend, and more.
Miep Gies: A  secretary in Frank's office. Generous, vibrant, and well-liked.
Mr. Dussel: A dentist who eventually joins the Annex. Somewhat difficult to get along with.
Mr. Kraler: Responsible, understated. Helps run Frank's business, and spearhead hiding everyone in the Annex.

Note for teenage roles (Anne, Margot, and Peter): We will see teenagers or adults who can play the appropriate age ranges. The play occurs over two years. Age ranges for the kids indicate the time covered in at the time of the play.

About the Director: Doug Brook has directed numerous award-winning productions locally, including several at South Bay Musical Theatre in Saratoga. He recently made an award-winning appearance as Tevye in WVLO's Fiddler on the Roof, and two of his plays have been produced off-off-Broadway in New York. He is a member of the TheatreWorks New Play Committee and has directed numerous new works readings at City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. He is Executive Director of Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and a Vice President of the international Association for Jewish Theatre.


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About Theatre Chevruta

Theatre is an exploration of culture, entertainment, and ideas, shared by the audience and performers. Chevruta is an exploration of the Talmud, shared by two people. Theatre Chevruta, through its productions and supplemental offerings (post-show talkbacks, preview lectures and discussions, etc.), exists to let audience and performers explore important, entertaining, and often unfamiliar offerings of Jewish theatre--Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, new works, obscured classics, and more.

What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a fully cast, fully rehearsed presentation of a play with scripts in hand. Particularly popular in the development of new works and the revisiting of obscure works, the absence of lighting, sets, and costumes allows the focus to be on the actors and the words.


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Theatre Chevruta is made possible, in part, by generous gifts from Virginia & Randy Hess, and in loving memory of David & Lotty Hakim.
All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and Bill Lister.
The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

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