After an expanded version of the diary was printed in 1995 — "The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition" — bringing to light for the first time Anne's transition from girl to a young woman as well as her tempestuous relationship with her mother and sister, the play was retooled by Wendy Kesselman.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Imperial Valley residents will be afforded the opportunity to see the Mostly Theatre Company take on the new adaptation.
Starring Alina Sanchez as Anne Frank, Jim Stiff as Otto Frank, Janine Gatlin as Edith Frank and June Benny and Whitney Snyder trading nights as Margot Frank, the play starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Post Office Pavilion, 230 S. 5th St. in El Centro.
Longtime theater company member Billy J. Brown is directing the play. Adult tickets for the performances are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Senior and students pay only $5.
States a Mostly Theatre Company release: "In this gripping new adaptation, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule.
"Anne's diary survives as a memorial to those killed and as a warning to future generations," the release states.
On its second and final week of performances, nearly all the female roles are different from opening weekend. On Feb. 22 and 23, Kayla Wardup played Anne with Jeri McCall as Edith. The role of Mrs. Van Daan will be performed by Kaye Hughes on Friday and Saturday; Lydia Hennesay starred during the opening weekend.
Some 16 locals have roles in the production, while a handful more make sure the shows go smoothly.
Tickets are available at Clark Baker Music in El Centro, the OPOP or by calling 352-5353.
On the Net: www.geocities.com/mostlytheatercompany