In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Steve Koek will join the cast for a panel discussion following each show. His family were in hiding in Amsterdam at the same time Anne Frank was, and barely escaped with their lives to America. They were Joe and his two sisters, Eva and Henny, who were among the Hidden Children of Holland. After giving their three children over to resistance fighters, their parents, were betrayed, captured and taken away to Auschwitz. In hiding, Joe was separated from his sisters. Against the odds, all three siblings survived the war.
"Anne Frank's story, at its core, is about a normal teenager trying to understand and define her place in an ever-changing world," LATTE producer and Artistic Director Felicia Pfluger said in an email. "We hear her developing her own voice in her diary as she searches for autonomy. She is human. She teases a boy and later develops a crush on him. She fights PTSD and traumatic nightmares.