About the Site:
Welcome everyone to the online study guide for The University of Arizona's performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Most of the information found on this website comes straight from the packet used by the actors in the performance to give them background of the play and their characters. We hope you will use the topics on this left as a way to prepare yourself before seeing the show. There are also class activities available, which are primarily based on the readings. Just click on the arrows (on the left of the category) and it will expand to list the activities. These are highly recommended, as they will give your students a better understanding of the play and its social and historical context.

Actor's Packet compiled by Alicia E. James and Michelle Miller

Website and activities compiled by Megan Dallas, Kimberly Kieran, and Shannon Rzucidlo





Play Synopsis:

The play, "The Diary of Anne Frank" examines several Jewish persons who go into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland in order to avoid increasing persecution against Jews. The play was written based on the diary entries of the young Anne Frank between the 1942 and 1944. The play recollects the events that occurred between these years in the Secret Annex among the Frank family, the Van Daan family, and Mr. Dussel. The play illustrates the conflicts and struggles among the families and their aim to merely survive while anticipating the liberation of Europe.



Anne Frank
Otto Frank
Edith Frank
Margot Frank
Miep Gies
Peter Van Daan
Mr. Kraler
Mrs. Van Daan
Mr. Van Daan
Mr. Dussel
First, Second, and Third Man