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Meet Rabbi Shmuley at the Utah Shakespeare Festival


CEDAR CITY, Utah—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will be at the Utah Shakespeare Festival on Oct. 5 and 6 to conduct talkbacks following performances of  “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Get your tickets now at 1-800-PLAYTIX or bard.org in order to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“The festival is committed to education and enrichment as well as entertaining our audiences,” said Michael Don Bahr, Festival education director. “Rabbi Shmuley is one of the most articulate voices in modern America regarding issues that apply to every religion and culture. Hearing him discuss the relevance of this story in our world today will be an experience that you and your family won’t want to miss.”

Rabbi Shmuley will conduct a talkback following the matinee performance on Oct. 5 at approximately 4:30 p.m. and following the evening performance on Oct. 6 at approximately 10 p.m. The talkbacks will center on the play and its significance and resonance with audiences today. A ticket to “The Diary of Anne Frank” is required in order to attend the talkback.

Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek magazine and “the most famous rabbi in America,” Rabbi Shmuley is one of the world’s leading relationship, values, and spirituality experts. Find more details about “America’s Rabbi” at bard.org and at Shumley.com.

Taken directly from the pages of a young girl’s diary, the dramatic play “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented now through October 23 at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The play tells the story a young girl whose bravery, hope and determination have inspired thousands. Wendy Kesslman’s new adaptation of this famous play is a testament not to the brutality of war and hatred, but to the unshakable spirit of a young girl and to the hopes and loves of a family and a people trying to hold on to their faith.

More educational materials regarding “The Diary of Anne Frank” can be found at bard.org. Included is a video presentation by Hank Ombach, a resident of St. George, Utah who provides a first-hand account of what it felt like to conceal "the enemy" in his home during World War II despite the fact that it could have meant severe punishment and even death for everyone in his family. When Ombach was a child his parents hid a Jewish family in their home in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation.

“We need to remember the holocaust,” said Bahr. “It is our hope that viewing this production will help parents and teachers initiate important conversations with their children and students. We often forget the humanity of this play, and how it emphasizes the hope of a 13-year old girl who remains positive while living in a situation that most of us can barely comprehend. Who better than Anne Frank to teach American teenagers such valuable lessons?”

The fall season will run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 23 with three different plays in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. The season features Shakespeare’s “Odyssey”-like drama “The Adventures of Pericles,” the moving family drama “The Diary of Anne Frank,”and the rural comedy “Greater Tuna.” Tickets are on sale now at 1-800-PLAYTIX and bard.org.

Media Contact: Amanda Caraway, 435-586-1969 (office), Caraway@bard.org

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