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March 17 - March 18

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most important literary works of the 20th century.  In this powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a bright and talented young girl with the aspirations of any teenager. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people in hiding from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic captures the claustrophobic reality of their daily existence. Anne’s story of love, hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit has captivated audiences with its profound message for over 70 years.

by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
A Co-Production with Arizona Theatre Company

Run Time:2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission

Suitable for ages 13 and up 

This play contains subject matter that some children under the age of 13 might find disturbing

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ANN ARVIA | Mrs Van Daan

ANN ARVIA makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. New York credits include Vineyard Theatre’s New York premiere of Kander and Pierce’s Kid Victory (Gail), Mary Poppins (Bird Woman), Les Misérables (Mme. Thenardier), Beauty and the Beast and Time and Again for Manhattan Theatre Club. National tours include Les Misérables (1st and 3rd National) and Ragtime. Regionally, Ms. Arvia has appeared at Arena Stage as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Nettie in Carousel (Helen Hayes Award Nominee); Goodspeed Opera House as Meg in Damn Yankees (Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nominee) and Marie in The Most Happy Fella; Walnut Street Theatre as Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera (Barrymore Nominee) and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music; Drury Lane Oakbrook as Rose in Gypsy; and Maine State Music Theatre as Mother in Ragtime and Alice Beane in Titanic. Ms. Arvia has a thriving vocal studio in NYC. Find out more at www.annarvia.net.

GUS CUDDY | Peter Van Daan

GUS CUDDY is excited to return to Geva Theatre Center for this beautiful story. He previously appeared at Geva in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Our Town, and has performed in NYC and regionally. Thanks to family, friends, Reed, Ann. guscuddy.com

JAKE DION | Third Man

JAKE DION is overjoyed to make his theatrical debut in Geva’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Jake is from Buffalo and currently studies Theatre at the College at Brockport. Beyond performing, Jake writes poetry and enjoys collecting records. Jake would like to thank the faculty at Brockport for their invaluable teachings and wisdom as well as his family Renee, Dan, and Grace for their love and support.


STEVE HENDRICKSON made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 1985 as Fred in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol and appeared as Ebenezer Scrooge here earlier this season.  He has appeared across the country at the Folger, Chicago and Orlando Shakespeare Theatres, ACT, Asolo and Yale Reps, Guthrie, Arizona and Barrington Theatre Cos., the Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Arena Stage. He received a 2005 Ivey Award for Cyrano de Bergerac at Ten Thousand Things and shared a 2009 Ivey Award for Tyrone & Ralph at the History Theatre. In 2001 he became the first performer to receive the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Artist Fellowship at Carleton College. He is the founder of Audio-Visceral Productions. Learn more at www.audio-visceral.com

ANNA LENTZ | Anne Frank

ANNA LENTZ is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! Regional theatre credits include The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (2017 Humana Festival), Midsummer’s Eve, Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol and Gratuitous Nudity and the Undisclosed Costs of Questioning Surveillance Rather than Bad Broccoli (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Anna is a former member of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville and received her B.F.A. from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.


BILL McDONOUGH is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut.  He is currently enrolled as a theatre student at the University of Rochester.  Past credits include Buried Child (Vince) and Macbeth (Malcolm).  Bill participated in the 2016 Geva Stage Door project and is a graduate of the Geva Summer Academy.  He is also a proud member of Rochester’s very own Impact Interactive.


KEVIN PLINZKE  is a graduating senior at the College at Brockport and is very excited to return to the Geva stage after doing A Christmas Carol in 2015. His passions include acting, singing, and recording original music under the name, “KVN FX”. He wants to thank the amazing people at Geva for this life changing opportunity.

NAAMA POTOK | Edith Frank

NAAMA POTOK makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. Theatre credits include Rivkeh Lev, Anna Schaeffer and Rachel in My Name is Asher Lev (Off-Broadway, Penguin Rep, Florida Studio); Scheherazade in Arabian Nights (BAM, Actors Gang, Steppenwolf – Lookingglass Tour); Greek Princess in Mirror of the Invisible World (Goodman Theatre); Katherine in Henry IV and Pia Shim in History of the Devil (Next Theatre); Eileen Rafferty in Slides (Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Geraldine Fitzgerald); Manke in God of Vengeance (A Contemporary Theatre, World Premiere Adaptation); Hindle, God of Vengeance (Target Margin), Helen in Helen of Troy and Debbie in The Real Thing (StageWest), Gila Marhouni in Haram! Iran! (TADA Festival of New Plays); Sylvie in Captains and Courage, and Christine in Two Mothers at a Roadside Cafe (Schreiber Studio); Marjory in The Education of Marjory (Strawdog Theatre); and Beatrice in A View from the Bridge (Oxford University Drama Society). Film credits include Christie in Waiting for Marilon Cotillard (Mediane-Art & Communication); The Chosen (20th Century Fox); Carol in Reindeer Games.


KIT PRELEWITZ is beyond thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. Kit is a recent graduate of Nazareth College, earning her B.F.A. Degree in Musical Theatre. She has been most recently seen as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Judy in 9 to 5 The Musical, Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Kitty Bennett/Georgianna Darcy in Austen’s Pride for Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, and Veronica in Heathers: The Musical. Kit would like to thank her family, friends, and cast members for their support and hard work!


JOHN G. PRESTON makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. Most recently, he appeared as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Other roles include Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, both Dukes in As You Like It and Henslowe in Shakespeare In Love at the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Charles Strickland in Race at the Philadelphia Theatre Company; Bart Henely in So Help Me God at the Mint Theater; and Lord Leonard Astor in Peter and the Starcatcher at La Jolla Playhouse. He has also been seen in Rough Crossing at Yale Rep, As You Like It at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Taming of the Shrew at The Denver Center, The Constant Wife at Asolo Rep, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Syracuse Stage, Pure Confidence at The Cincinnati Playhouse, and Othello at Georgia Shakespeare. He was an Associate Artist and Resident Company Member at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for many years directing productions of Bill Erwin’s Scapin, and Triumph of Love.


DEVON PROKOPEK is currently a senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student at the University of Arizona. Credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Shprinze/Ensemble) at Arizona Theatre Company; Hands on a Hardbody (Kelli) and Rent (Mimi u/s) for Arizona Repertory Theatre; and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily) and Biloxi Blues (Daisy) Desert Stages Theatre. She would like to thank her mom, dad, brother, boyfriend, and friends for their endless love and support.


DICK ST. GEORGE is delighted to return to the Geva stage, having last appeared as Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You.  Over the years, Dick has appeared in a dozen Geva productions.  Favorite regional roles include Cyrano, Fagin, Brutus, Dr Nyiszli  in The Gray Zone, Teddy Roosevelt  in Bully, and Captain Andy  in Show Boat.  Dick has recently retired from 34 years of teaching theatre at SUNY Brockport.  He is the proud dad of Matthew and Jessica and the happy hubby of Linda.


MICHAEL SANTO makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. Regional credits include Sherlock Holmes in Holmes & Watson at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Antonio in The Tempest at American Conservatory Theatre; Welch in God of Hell at Magic Theatre; Andre Said in …said Said at Alliance Theatre; Walter in The Price at the Aurora Theatre; Oliver in Pentecost at the Old Globe; Matt in Talley’s Folly at Pasadena Playhouse; and Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac at Marin Shakespeare Festival. Other theatres include San Jose Repertory Theatre; Arizona Theatre Company; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Intiman Theatre; Empty Space; Denver Center Theatre Company; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Cleveland Play House; Shakespeare Theatre; Hartford Stage; Portland Stage and Great Lakes Theatre Festival.


TYLER WOLFF is a theatre performance major at Monroe Community College, working as a student intern at Geva Theatre Center.  While this is his first experience working in a professional theatre, Tyler’s past acting credits at Monroe Community College include East/ Dave in Almost, Maine; Tim in subUrbia; Lavache in All’s Well That Ends Well;  and most recently, Anselmo/ Rocinante in Man of La Mancha. He would like to thank everyone for being here and is grateful for his opportunity to be a part of this production.


FRANCES GOODRICH and ALBERT HACKETT The husband-and-wife team of Albert Maurice Hackett (born in New York City on February 16, 1900) and Frances Goodrich (born in Belleville, New Jersey, on December 21, 1890) began their joint career as Broadway playwrights in the 1920s. The success of their comedy, Up Pops the Devil, brought them to Hollywood to work on the 1931 screen version. They went on to write some of the most popular films of the 1930s and 1940s, including Easter Parade (for which they won the Writers Guild of America Award);The Thin Man and its sequel, After the Thin Man; Father of the Bride; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (all of which were nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting);In the Good Old Summertime; The Long, Long Trailer and It’s a Wonderful Life (co-written with Frank Capra and Jo Swerling).The Diary of Anne Frank won them the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Writers Guild of America awards. Goodrich died on January 29, 1984, and Hackett on March 16, 1995.


WENDY KESSELMAN Besides her Tony-nominated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Wendy Kesselman’s plays include The Executioner’s DaughterThe NotebookThe Foggy Foggy DewThe Last BridgeI Love You, I Love You NotMaggie MagalitaMerry-Go-RoundThe Shell CollectionMy Sister in This House, A Re-imagined Version (Deaf West Theatre); The Graduation of Grace and Spit. She also wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Juniper Tree, A Tragic Household Tale; A Tale of Two Cities; Becca and The Black Monk: A Chamber Musical, which will have its CD release in Fall 2015.
Among other honors, she has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the AT&T Onstage Award; The New England Major Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the American Theatre; the first annual Playbill Award; the Roger L. Stevens Award; the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award; the Lecomte du Noüy Annual Award; Meet the Composer Grants; Guggenheim, McKnight and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; and a Writers Guild of America Award for her screen adaptation of John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. Her other screenplays include Sister My Sister (adapted from My Sister in This House) and I Love You, I Love You Not.


DAVID IRA GOLDSTEIN is delighted to return to Geva where he directed Wait Until Dark during the 2014-2015 Season, and co-wrote the world premiere of A Marvelous Party in 2005. That musical has since played throughout the U.S. and won the Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago, Elliot Norton Award in Boston, LA Drama Critics Award and San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award.  He is Artistic Director Emeritus of Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson and Phoenix, the Southwest’s largest professional theatre, where in his 26 years leading the company he directed or produced over 200 plays and workshops ranging from dramas to comedies, classics to musicals, as well as many new works. As a guest director, Mr. Goldstein has directed extensively across the U.S. including at Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Village Theatre, Mixed Blood, Kansas City Rep, Florida Stage, and ACT Theatre. He has been a proud member of SDC, the professional director’s union, for 33 years. He dedicates his work on The Diary of Anne Frank to the many inspiring Holocaust survivors in the Rochester area.

BILL CLARKE | Scenic Designer

BILL CLARKE  is pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center, where he previously designed Miracle on South Division Street, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, You Can’t Take It With You, A Perfect Wedding, The Ladies’ Man and Amadeus. He designed A Walk In The Woods on Broadway; Off-Broadway work includes Lemon Sky (Keen Co), So Help Me God (Lortel), Misalliance (Pearl), Secret Order (59E59), Eccentricities of a Nightingale (T.A.C.T.), The Daughter-In-Law and Power Of Darkness (Mint), June Moon (Drama Dep’t), Queens Blvd, Ann Magnuson’s You Could Be Home Now (NYSF), and new plays at Manhattan Theatre Club and WPA. Regional credits include Seattle Rep, Old Globe, A.R.T., Huntington, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pioneer Theatre, Denver Center, Indiana Rep, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, and Asolo Rep. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an Honorary Board Member at Milwaukee Rep, and the recipient of Merrimack’s Artistic Achievement Award, an IRNE (New England) Award, a San Diego Theater Critics’ Circle Award and a Hollywood DramaLogue Award.

MIMI MAXMEN | Costume Designer

MIMI MAXMEN returns to Geva where Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Perfect WeddingEquus, are among her design credits. New York credits include The NorwegiansBecketThe FrogsUncle Vanya (Tom Courtenay, James Fox), Vieux CarréThe SeagullA Midsummer Night’s DreamA Shayna MaidelInadmissible EvidenceA…My Name Is Alice, Virgil Thomson’s Lord Byron (Alice Tully Hall) and The Mother of Us All. Five years as resident designer for the Roundabout Theatre.  Upcoming New York productions include The Stone Witch with Dan Lauria. Additional:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage,  Cleveland Play House, Mark Taper Forum, Santa Fe Opera, the New York City,  Joffrey, and Metropolitan Opera Ballet companies.   Films credits include The Lightkeepers   (Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner), Tumbleweeds  (Janet McTeer), and The Mesmerist (Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Capshaw).  She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and serves on the Advisory Board of tdf/The Costume Collection.

ANN G. WRIGHTSON | Lighting Designer

ANN G. WRIGHTSON  is pleased to be returning to Geva Theatre Center where she designed Sylvia last season and The May Queen and A Moon for the Misbegotten in 2016. Recent projects include HIR and The Rembrandt at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre; The Three Musketeers  at Indiana Repertory, Georama: A Musical and Constellations at St Louis Rep and A Streetcar Named Desire at Portland Center Stage. She designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and was a Tony nominee for her work on Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour. Past projects include The Unmentionables at Yale Repertory TheatreTracy Letts’ The Man from Nebraska at Steppenwolf; and ten seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other work has been seen at the Guthrie, the Alliance, Arena Stage and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Awards include a a 1997 Backstage Garland Award, for Magic Fire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at Huntington Theatre, and a 2014 PAMTA award for Fiddler on the Roof at Portland Center Stage.

DAN ROACH | Sound Designer

DAN ROACH has, since 1988, worked on sound for numerous productions at Geva Theatre Center, NTID’s Theatre for the Deaf, SUNY Brockport, and Keuka College. Most recent productions at Geva include At Wit’s End; Private Lives; To Kill a Mockingbird; Miracle on South Division Street; Red; The Mountaintop; Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant; The Odd Couple; Stranded on Earth; Last Gas; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; Freud’s Last Session; You Can’t Take It With You; Perfect Wedding; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; Dracula; the Shape of Evil with PUSH Physical Theatre; Evie’s Waltz; Dial M for Murder; The Underpants; Nine Parts of Desire; Doubt and A Christmas Story. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past 30 years. He is a resident of Brighton where he lives with his beautiful wife Jing.

ADRIANO GATTO | Violence Constultant

ADRIANO GATTO is thrilled to return to Geva this season, after previously working on To Kill a Mockingbird, Last Gas and Wait Until Dark, directed by David Ira Goldstein. Adriano’s work as a Fight Director has been seen in over 100 productions across the country, most recently at the Irish Classical Theatre Company and the Kavinoky Theatre, where he is the Resident Fight Director. As an internationally certified Fight Instructor with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada, he has taught stage combat and choreographed for various institutions, including the AFDC National Certification Conference in Calgary, AB, the Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo State and Niagara University, where he currently serves as the Artist in Residence.  As an AEA member, regional acting credits include productions with the Folger Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC. Sincerest gratitude to the entire team here at Geva! Love to ROH2.

BECCA POCCIA | Dramaturg

BECCA POCCIA is in her sixth season at Geva Theatre Center, where she has served as dramaturg for The Lake Effect, Miracle on South Division Street,The Road to Where, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Tinker to Evers to Chance, and All Your Questions Answered;  as stage manager for the Late Nite Catechism plays, the Plays in Progress series and the Festival of New Theatre; and as venue manager for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Becca holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and also works as a freelance dramaturg; favorite credits include Goliath (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) and the world premieres of AK-47 Sing Along (New York International Fringe Festival), Lifetime Fairytale (Columbia Stages), Dirt: Part 1 (Enthuse Theater) and Foreign Wars (Random Access Theatre).

FRANK CAVALLO | Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed numerous productions for Geva over several seasons. Earlier this season he stage managed The Agitators and A Christmas Carol. Previous productions include The May Queen, Spamalot!, Women in Jeopardy!, A Christmas Carol, Good People, Last Gas, The 39 Steps, Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres including Geva’s original productions of Convenience, 5 Course Love and The Agitators. He has also stage managed for several other regional theatres, been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre and toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show…About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.


ELISSA MYERS CASTING has been in operation for over 30 years. Projects include: For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller,” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” Other PBS projects include “The Abolishionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in Outstanding Achievement in Casting), “Murder of a President” for American Experience and “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive.” Additionally, three “Movies of the Week,” as well five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows including the Tony-nominated Having Our Say, as well as twenty-six Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received sixteen nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”


ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Now celebrating its 51st season, Arizona Theatre Company is Arizona’s preeminent fully professional theatre. It boasts the largest subscriber base of any performing arts organization in Arizona, with more than 130,000 people each year attending performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and at the elegant Herberger Theater center in downtown Phoenix. Under the direction of Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Billy Russo, ATC operates in two cities – unlike any other League of Resident Theatres (LORT) company in the country. Each season of carefully selected productions reflects the rich variety of world drama – from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works. Arizona Theatre Company also shares the passion of theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With approximately 450 Learning & Education activities annually, ATC reaches far beyond the metropolitan areas of Tucson and Phoenix, teaching Arizona’s youth about literacy, cultural development, and performing arts – all while enriching the learning experience for current and future audiences.