New stage production of ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ replaces Nazis with ICE agents hunting for illegal Latino immigrants and will be directed by a former writer on Roseanne

Saturday, August 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

Former Roseanne writer Stan Zimmerman will direct the Los Angeles play
Story of Jewish family in hiding will be recast featuring persecuted immigrants
ICE agents will take the place of Nazis, hunting for immigrant family in hiding

4 August 2018

A new stage production of ‘The Diary Of Anne Frank’ will re-imagine the story as one about Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents hunting for illegal immigrants, rather that Nazis persecuting Jews.

Stan Zimmerman, a former ‘Roseanne’ writer from the sitcom’s original run, will direct the show, which opens on September 6 at the Dorie Theatre in Los Angeles.

The classic play is by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and received a Tony nomination in a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman that was performed on Broadway.

The original play tells the story of Anne Frank, whose famous diary told the story of a Jewish family in hiding during the WWII Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

The new production will re-interpret the story as one of illegal immigrants hiding from ICE agents, a promotional notice in Broadway World explains.

‘Zimmerman’s unique take on the staging was inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a ‘Safe House’ for a Latina mother and her two daughters after her husband was deported by ICE,’ the notice reads.

‘The characters in the attic will be played by a LatinX cast.’

Genesis Ochoa will star in the show as Anne Frank, and the cast includes Keith Coogan, Tasha Dixon, David Gurrola, Heather Olt, Raquenel, Robert C. Raicch, Teddi Shaffer, Raymond Abel Tomas, and Emiliano Torres.

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