‘Talkback’ session planned after Sunday performance

Audience members at the Sunday performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at SUNY Fredonia will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with the cast and crew about the process of bringing the production together.

A special “talkback” session will be held after Sunday’s matinee performance in Marvel Theatre at Rockefeller Arts Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The matinee begins at 2 p.m. and the cast and crew will return to the stage after the final curtain to answer questions.

The SUNY Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting six performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play from April 12 to 20 as part of the 2012-13 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series.

The SUNY Fredonia production, directed by Jessica Hillman, an assistant professor with the Department of Theatre and Dance, is based on Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work. The play tells the story of a Jewish family forced into hiding in an effort to avoid Nazi persecution during World War II through the diary entries of 13-year-old Anne Frank.

There is an emphasis on Holocaust education as part of this production. The theatre lobby will host an informational display and special notes will be included in the playbill. Student Maggie Gilroy is coordinating both as the dramaturg for the production.

The play will also be the center piece for the Department’s annual “Drama Day” for junior and senior high school students from area districts on April 17.

In addition to the Sunday matinee, performances are planned for April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center (673-3501 or fredonia.edu/tickets).

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is sponsored by the M&T Bank as part of the Lake Shore Savings Season.