The Diary of Anne Frank, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Proof are three plays that will begin Milton’s 2007-2008 theatrical season. These plays are vastly different, but share one common theme. The main characters of all three stories appear unnoticed by the outside world, but ultimately find a way to become visible.
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the story of the Frank family and their struggle to survive the Nazi regime during World War II. While in hiding, Anne Frank writes about her experiences in a diary. Her story remains one of the most potent and personal sources of information about the Holocaust, and her diary is a visible reminder that genocide has no boundaries.
This fall’s Class IV play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, is a fast-paced, zany comedy by the gifted and imaginative playwright, Tom Stoppard. The story plucks two obscure and invisible characters out of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and gives them a chance to question whether they are destined to live the plot they were given and die or whether they have the option to decide their own destiny.
In the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof, playwright David Auburn focuses on a young woman, Catherine, who has taken care of her ailing father for many years. Following her father’s death, one of her father’s former students discovers an important mathematical proof never seen before. In his quest to explore the origin of the theory, he realizes a visible proof of authenticity he didn’t expect to find.
The Diary of Anne Frank opens November 1, 2 and 3 in King Theatre; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead runs from November 15-17 in King; and students perform Proof in Wigg Hall on November 29, November 30 and December 1. For tickets, email Dar Anasatas atDarlene_Anasatas@milton.edu.
Auditions for all three shows will be in the Kellner Performing Arts Center on September 10 and 11. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, September 12.