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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

September 15 – October 16, 2022
(Opening night: Thursday, September 22, 2022)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

World premiere
By Nathan Englander
Directed by Barry Edelstein

Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander and director Barry Edelstein wowed Globe audiences with The Twenty-Seventh Man, and now they team up again for this world premiere of a modern-day comedy of friendship. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is Englander’s adaptation of his award-winning short story about two women, inseparable in high school, whose adult lives have taken them to opposite ends of the earth, and to wildly different experiences of culture, religion, and family. When they reunite, their bond is tested by the distance that has grown between them… and also by their husbands, who don’t exactly see eye to eye. Englander’s distinctive voice—hilarious, outrageous, and emotional—gives us a uniquely funny and smart exploration of how we see ourselves and how our friends see us.

Contains strong language.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is supported by production sponsors Elaine and Dave Darwin, Edelman, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Karen and Stuart Tanz, and the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund, as well as artist sponsors Sandra and Arthur Levinson (for playwright Nathan Englander). What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is the 2020 winner of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Theatre Visions Fund and is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Cast and Creative

Creative

Nathan Englander (Playwright) premiered the theatrical adaptation of his short story The Twenty-Seventh Man at The Public Theater in New York in November 2012. The play had its West Coast premiere at The Old Globe in 2015. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and a Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Englander’s most recent book is the novel kaddish.com. He is also the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,an international best seller, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the novels The Ministry of Special Cases and Dinner at the Center of the Earth. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

Barry Edelstein (Director) is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe and is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, and the world premiere of The Wanderers. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. In January he oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program. He most recently directed The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare, which was rereleased in a second edition in June, is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Photos

Publicity Photos

Nathan Englander
Nathan Englander. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Barry Edelstein
Barry Edelstein. Photo by Jim Cox.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank will run May 28 – June 28, 2020 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank will run May 28 – June 28, 2020 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.