Orkus, Kidwell, Rensenhouse and Talman to Star in Diary of Anne Frank in St. Louis

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Casting has been announced for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Diary of Anne Frank.

Rep artistic director Steve Woolf will stage Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett play, which will begin performances Feb. 10 and run through March 7.

The cast will feature Gary Wayne Barker (Mr. Dussel), Peggy Billo (Mrs. van Daan), Maura Kidwell (Miep), Lauren Orkus (Anne Frank), John Rensenhouse (Otto Frank), Andrew Stroud (Peter van Daan), Ann Talman (Edith Frank), Jerry Vogel (Mr. Kraler), Peter Van Wagner (Mr. van Daan), Maggie Wetzel (Margot Frank), and Cale Haupert, Jared Lotz and Carl Schneider (Nazi Soldiers).

Kesselman's 1997 adaptation of the play, according to the Rep, includes "new-found writings that were withheld from original publications," in order to deliver "a more fully realized Anne and thus a story that is more moving and powerful than ever."

Anne Frank design team includes John Ezell (scenic designer), Elizabeth Covey (costume designer), Phil Monat (lighting designer) and Rusty Wandall (sound designer).

Anne Frank documented her life within her diary as her family and four others hid for over two years in a small flat hidden behind a bookcase in an Amsterdam warehouse. Always optimistic despite the circumstances she faced, Frank's words live on with translations in some 60 languages, and over 25 million copies of her diary have been sold throughout the world. For tickets phone (314) 968-4925 or visit The Rep's online box office at RepStl.

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