The Marshall Portnoy Show

This Tuesday, June 12, would have been the 89th birthday of Anne Frank. We’ll commemorate that day with an examination of two plays that were based on her famous diary. The first is the one we all know, the one written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, subsequently made into a movie directed by George Stevens. But there is another theatrical work based on the diary, one written by the Jewish-American novelist and journalist Meyer Levin. Thus began one of the saddest and most contentious epochs in the history of the theatre. We’ll talk about that, and present a short scene from each play - - one excerpt from the soundtrack of the original movie, and then a scene from Meyer Levin’s opus performed by students and faculty of Philadelphia’s distinguished University of the Arts.

Anne Frank was the most famous diarist of the War (probably of all time) but there were others. With the help of scholar and filmmaker Emanuel Rund, we’ll compare Anne’s diary with that of Rutka Laskier, a compelling work that Rutka wrote over three months towards the end of her short life.

And Remember - - NEXT Tuesday, June 19th, we’ll be joined by Lori Modern Matchmaker. Send in your questions now on life, love, dating, marriage and relationships ([email protected] or P.O. Box 2786, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004), and Lori will get to as many as she can. You’ll also have the option of calling her during the broadcast.

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