Our 71st Anniversary season features three incredible young women at the center of their stories and the journeys they take to reshape their worlds. From Rosalind's escape to the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's As You Like It, to Anne's secret annex in The Diary of Anne Frank, to Sal's cross-country road trip in Walk Two Moons, all three stories investigate these young women's journey of discovery and identity. Join us on their remarkable journeys.
The Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever present, Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants—from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love—with wit, determination, and idealism.
With a multicultural cast, National Players brings the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl to a new generation. For even in tragedy, we can find light in the greatest darkness.
Walk Two Moons
By Tom Arvetis
Based on Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal-winning novel
“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” 13-year-old Sal has trouble following that advice and thinks about it constantly while driving cross-country with her grandparents to look for her mother. Along the way they meet many eccentric characters, but none more so than Phoebe – Sal’s best friend and the main character in the stories she tells to entertain her grandparents. Phoebe’s story bursts with wild conspiracy theories of her own missing mother, which helps Sal confront her own loss. But with a deadline looming, Sal might not make it in time to reunite with the one person she wants to find most.
Told primarily through memory, National Players weaves together a story that is both heartrending and heartwarming. Follow National Players on their journey in this moving adaptation of the award-winning novel about family, identity, and coming-of-age.
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While disguised as a man, Rosalind meets fellow outcasts in the forest, including the dashing and lovesick Orlando. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her as a man will Rosalind know he truly loves her.
With a ten-person ensemble, National Players melds classic language with contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s imaginative tale about city folk venturing into the woods. A romantic comedy about girls, boys, losing oneself, and finding oneself again.