Wednesday, March 19, 2014



Directed by Bob Angelini

WHEN: March 27 through April 6
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park
TICKETS: $28 adults; $24 seniors; $20 students and groups

The play received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The revival featured Natalie Portman in the lead role and was nominated for Two Tony Awards!

The play chronicles the rapidly changing life of Anne Frank as she and 7 others hide in an attic to avoid the terrors of Nazi rule. This powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman incorporates Holocaust survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from Anne Frank's diary. Those who know the story of Anne, who kept a detailed diary of her time in The Annex, also know the unfortunate ending; those in the Annex were betrayed in August 1944, less than a year before the war's end and were sent to concentration camps.  

The play and its cast capture beautifully the everyday struggles within the secret Annex and the squabbles over different personalities against the bigger backdrop of fear of discovery and horror as WWII dragged on. 

This moving Axelrod PAC production is directed by Bob Angelini, who has a long list of credits Directing and Acting in Film, Theater and Television. He made his New York acting and directorial debut with a new play, The Fourth State of Matter, which was a semi-finalist at the 2011 Dream Up Festival at the Theater for the New City in the East Village. Angelini has also directed for the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York and locally for Cabaret for Life. Bob's acting credits include appearances in the hit television series 30 Rock, PanAm, Blue Bloods, and the new HBO documentary, Project Nim, directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh. Angelini, ReVision's President Emeritus, also appeared onstage as Reg in the 2010 Revision Theatre production of The Full Monty and was an integral part in producing ReVision's first three seasons. Angelini has made a name for himself over the last 17 years, directing more than 30 dramatic and musical productions with the award-winning West Park Players of Ocean Township. His directorial efforts include A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Curtains, Ah, Wilderness!, The Miracle Worker, and Les Miserables. He was awarded the Best Director "Basie Award" for the controversial 2007 production of The Laramie Project (Paramount Theatre), as well as Cats, and Our Town at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.  

The cast features Cassidy Terracciano(Anne Frank)from Wall Township,  Vincent Gruosso(Otto Frank) from Belmar, Gabriella Scerbo(Margo Frank) from Oceanport, Elizabeth Mahon(Edith Frank) from Aberdeen,  Dawn Witek(Mrs. Van Dann) from Cliffwood, Nate Kaufman(Mr. Van Dann) from Point Pleasant, Max Natanagara(Peter Van Daan) from Ocean, September McCarthy(Miep Gies) from Ocean,  Norman "Doc" Hart (Mr. Kraler) from Brick, and Gabrielle Michel(Anne Frank Understudy) from Ocean.