Playwright Groff will join author Francine Prose, short story writer Nathan Englander and literary critic Ruth Franklin for a discussion about the life, writing and legacy of Anne Frank and the themes surrounding Holocaust literature.
Inspired by the true conflict surrounding Meyer Levin's battle to have his adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" produced on stage in the 1950s, Compulsion opened Feb. 17 and will run through March 13.
Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis directs the play that stars Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin (Evita, Sunday in the Park With George), Hannah Cabell (A Man for All Seasons, In the Next Room…) and Matte Osian (Twelfth Night, Twelve Angry Men).
According to the Public, "It is 1951, and Sid Silver is on a mission to be the guardian of one of the most moving and provocative accounts of the 20th century. Deeply moved by Anne Frank's diary, he is driven to bring her story to the American masses by promoting the book's publication and adapting the diary into a work of theater… a complex and inventive telling that is part historical fiction, part investigation into what makes a man obsess, and part exploration of an untold dimension of Anne Frank's powerful and enduring legacy."
Public Forum tickets are $25. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.