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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:47 a.m.

MorrisCo to present 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

By Staff

Local community theatre company MorrisCo Art Theatre will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Riverside Arts Center, at 76 N. Huron St. in Ypsilanti, Nov. 17-19. Performances happen on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and on Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 (students and seniors $16). For more information, or to make ticket reservations, call 734-996-2549 or visit the website at

Susan Morris directs local actors in this adaptation of the journal Anne Frank wrote while she and her family hid from the Nazi regime for two years in a cramped storage attic. The play captures the fears, hopes, tears and laughter of the two families in hiding, but it is Anne's voice that shines through: "We look at the fighting below and the peace and beauty above, but we're cut off by the dark mass of clouds and can go neither up nor down. ... I can only cry out and implore, 'Open wide. Let us out!'"

About the experience, Miep Gies (responsible for hiding and caring for the Frank family) later said, "I am not a hero. My story is the story of very ordinary people during extraordinary times. Times the like of which I hope with all my heart will never, never come again. It is for all of us ordinary people all over the world to see to it that they do not."

The MorrisCo cast includes Savannah Binion, Sam Zwetchkenbaum, Mary Anne Nemeth, Isabella Weber, Brooklyn Dimitrie, Patricia Rector, Tony Putnam, Glenn Bugala, Mouse Courtois, Paul Miller, Marcel Muller and Nathan Corliss.