Sanchez Also Working on Play About Anne Frank's Levin, The Idealist

News   Sanchez Also Working on Play About Anne Frank's Levin, The Idealist J. Maria Sanchez has penned The Idealist, a new play that "explores the obsession of author Meyer Levin," the original dramatist of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Levin is also the inspiration for Rinne Groff's Compulsion, which makes its New York debut in February 2011 at the Public Theater.

The Idealist, according to a press statement, "directly approaches its thorny subject without apology, observing the tragedy that is man's cyclical nature."

The play was written under the mentorship of producer David Brown, who passed away earlier this year. Brown produced both the original movie adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank and the film version of Levin's bestseller, "Compulsion."

Sanchez also had the cooperation of the Levin family — including Meyer Levin's wife, sons and niece — with access to archives and personal correspondence.

The playwright is currently seeking a director to help complete the development of the script.

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