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3/25/2014


One-Woman Show, After Anne Frank, Questions ‘Commercialization of The Holocaust,’ April 28 at Suffolk Community’s Van Nostrand Theater, Brentwood.

 Lempert
Writer-performer Carol Lempert has crafted her enduring involvement with the story of Anne Frank and its influence in shaping her own Jewish identity into an absorbing one-woman show.
 
Ms. Lempert played to sold-out crowds in 2008 with her first award winning one-woman show, That Dorothy Parker. She now brings us After Anne Frank - a touching and funny personal memoir about life, identity, theatre, family, forgiveness and the wisdom of Star Trek!

 

Over the course of Ms. Lempert’s career, she's performed in all three versions of The Diary of Anne Frank. During college she played Anne - in the 1955 Goodrich and Hackett version. In her 20’s she played Anne's sister - in the “forbidden” 1952 Meyer Levin version, and years later she played Anne's mother - in the 1997 Wendy Kesselman adaptation of the play. After Anne Frank interweaves these theatre stories with the oral history of Carol’s uncle, a Holocaust survivor.

 

Ms. Lempert's play, smartly directed by Janice L. Goldberg, is much more than a dramatized résumé. While celebrating the continuing inspiration of Anne Frank's humanity, the script passionately questions whether the retellings of Anne's story are part of a "commercialization of the Holocaust" and whether the artificialities of the stage can come anywhere near portraying the real-life tragedy.

 

The Lively Arts Series at Suffolk County Community College will present After Anne Frank on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Van Nostrand Theatre on The Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood.

 

General Admission is $8; senior citizens, $7; SCCC students and faculty with current I.D. are entitled to one free  ticket. For more information, please call the Van Nostrand Box Office at 631-851-6589 or visit www.sunysuffolk.edu/spotlight.