By Frances Goodrich and
Erika Croxton, Russ Marin,
Albert Lord, Dee Croxton,
Barbara Beckley, Ivy Bethune, David Talbert, and Stuart Lancaster
CAST (in order of appearance):
Mrs. Van Daan
Mr. Van Daan
Peter Van Daan
The Time: During the
years of World War II and immediately thereafter.
The Place: Amsterdam
Dear Mr. Frank,
You do not know me, I have
never set eyes on you, and yet I think of you very, very often, I have
been thinking about you since I read Anne’s diary for the first time. I
was thirteen then, and now I am eighteen. All those years I have been reading
Anne’s diary over and over again. I know many parts of it by heart. I don’t
want to say much about it, but simply tell you this frankly: I love Anne
so very much. Perhaps you are thinking that I never experienced the frightful
Hitler period nor suffered its consequences, so that I can scarcely imagine
what life must be like when one is hiding in a rear building. You are right
— I can never really grasp such sufferings — but what Anne underwent and
what she felt I can feel in the depths of my heart. I never wanted my parents
to read Anne’s diary, because I was afraid they would understand me too
well. Anne — my sister! Each time that I read "my book" through to the
end, I would stare uncomprehendingly at the brief notice that appears on
the last page . . .
Dear Mr. Frank, I don’t know
why I am writing to you. But when I learned your address, I could not keep
from writing. I am always troubled about you, wondering how things are
with you. Are you alone? And still another question is burning inside me:
Can you forgive us Germans?
||-- A girl, 18, West Germany
(From A Tribute to Anne
Frank, Edited by Anna G. Steenmeijer)
To a member of the cast
. . .
Thank you very much for your
wonderful letter. I can make out from it the warm feeling you have for
Anne and her Diary . . .
I can imagine how valuable
it was for you and the two actresses playing my wife and Anne, to get the
help of Mrs. Schildkraut, whose husband portrayed me in such a perfect
way . . .
According to your wish I
am enclosing a photo of myself.
Wishing you and all concerned
with the production much successes in their endeavor to convey the message
contained in the play to the audience. I am with kindest regards
October 4, 1978