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A New Take On The Diary Of Anne Frank

While Anne Frank’s story is familiar to many, the production currently on stage at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre is a bit different. 

The play is directed by AbdelfattahAbusrour who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank marked by violence and oppression. Abusrour has since devoted his life to finding creative responses to such environments and runs  a community center called Alrowwad that teaches creative expression as a form of non-violent resistance.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Abusrour and Samantha Rahn, the young actress who plays the part of Anne Frank, about how Abusrour's background shapes his approach to the production.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.