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Actress Brings Heroic Girl to Life

Actress Molly Ephraim is clearly someone who's always ready for the next big stretch. In 2008, she played Donny Osmond's showtune-obsessed daughter in the movie comedy “Road Trip.” Then, according to The Princeton Weekly Blog (she was class of '08,) she was a murder victim in an episode of the TV series “Law & Order.” As a young teen, her “Into the Woods” performance on Broadway garnered her a Drama League Award nomination.

Starting September 28, Ephraim takes on the challenging and poignant starring role of Anne Frank in The Westport Playhouse's new production of the classic play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  Anne Frank, of course, was the Dutch teenager who, with her family, hid from the Nazis during the Second World War.  Tragically, their Amsterdam attic hideaway was discovered and Anne and many members of her family were sent to concentration camps where they died. The diary Anne Frank kept, beginning at 13, while she was in hiding from 1942-44, was retrieved after the war and published in 1947.  From it, playwrights Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett created a Broadway play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1956. It was made into a film in 1959.

Westport Playhouse's new production, which runs until October 30, has been praised for its enhancement of Goodrich and Hackett's portrayal of this singular young woman's story. Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos says, "Ever since I was a teenager, I have found the story of Anne Frank to be one of the most profound and powerful imaginable.” Audiences will certainly agree. On Westport Playhouse's blog , actress Molly Ephraim describes finding the inspiration to play a young woman who herself, has inspired so many. For performance and ticket information, visit Westport Playhouse's website.

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