Podcasts of Meyer Levin's Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Will Be Streamed in September

By Michael Gioia
August 21, 2012

The Spellbound Development Company, with permission from the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, will present a podcast of Meyer Levin's long-lost, original radio play, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, in honor of its 60th anniversary.



Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: A Radio Play, directed by Jennifer Strome, will be recorded Sept. 6 at The Invisible Studios in Los Angeles and will be available Sept. 15-16 at TheIdealistOnstage.com.

"Not heard since the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1952, when it aired nationally on CBS Radio, Levin's play was the first adaptation of Anne Frank's diary," according to press notes. Casting will be announced at a later date.

"There is a lot more truth in this first adaptation of Anne Frank's diary," said director Strome in a statement. "Levin's groundbreaking, honest dramatization sticks to the facts, and allows Anne Frank's own words to prevail as her father wished. Teaching tolerance and cultivating peace were ideals Anne Frank upheld. Restoring Levin's radio play as a podcast introduces a historic, dramatic form that I hope can be utilized in the classroom for students and scholars."

Following Levin's Radio Play, playwrights Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich wrote The Diary of Anne Frank, a different adaption, which opened on Broadway in October 1955.  

This production marks the first occasion that the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, has acknowledged Levin's work on the Diary since the late 1950s. Bernhard Elias, Frank's only surviving cousin and president of the Foundation, in accordance with the Foundation's board, voted unanimously to approve the presentation.

For more information, visit TheIdealistOnstage.com.