L.A. Theatre Works' The Play's the Thing series continues its 1998 99 season of live radio theatre series presents The Diary of Anne Frank, with five performances recorded live at the Skirball Cultural Center, Nov. 18 - 22, for broadcast on KCRW 89.9 FM.
Anne Frank stars Jonathan Kaplan and Harris Yulin from the recent Broadway revival, Kellie Martin (from TV's "ER"), Emmy-winner Judith Light (TV's "Who's the Boss"), Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God), Tony-winner Paul Sand (Paul Sills' Story Theatre), Marissa Chibas (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), and Jennifer Dundas Lowe (Arcadia).
The production is the first time West Coasters get a chance to hear Wendy Kesselman's new adaptation of the 1955 play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The Kesselman adaptation made its Broadway debut last season, starring Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin.
Lavin was originally signed on for the broadcast but had to bow out due to scheduling complications. Replacing her in the role of Mrs. Van Daan is television actress Judith Light.
L.A. Theatre Works' The Diary of Anne Frank, will record five performances before a live audience, Nov. 18 - 22, at the Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.). For tickets ($28-$32) or more information call (310) 827-0889. -- By Sean McGrath