WHO'S WHO IN 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK', PART FOUR: THE FRIENDS

When a young Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during WWII with her parents and the Van Pels (referred to as the Van Daans in her journal) the group was looked after by friends on 'the outside'. Another familiar face to the family, a dentist, eventually joined the group in the Amsterdam  warehouse.

Terence Gleeson portrays Kraler in director Jesse Cline's production of the legendary play "The Diary of Anne Frank", now on stage through February 16. Kraler (real name Kugler) was the kind man who led the Frank Family to safety. It is he and Mr. Frank's secretary Miep Gies (played by Sarah Lynn Dewey) who care for the group while they are awaiting the end of WWII. 

Miep's dentist, Mr. Dussell, is played by P. Brendan Mulvey. Dussell's real name was Fritz Pfeffer, but the precocious Anne Frank found him to be a bit hard to deal with at times and used the pseudonym for him in her diary, which roughly translates to 'idiot'. In the Wendy Kesselman adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's play it is Dussell who often lends a bit of levity to the tense proceedings.
P. Brendan Mulvey, who portrays Dussell
P. Brendan Mulvey recently finished a run as Potiphar and Jacob in Cline's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". He has a long relationship with The Media Theatre, having appeared over the last decade in the productions "Show Boat" and "Titanic". In 2012, Mulvey was honored with the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Advocate of the Arts Award at the professional music theatre company's annual Gala. (An award named after the entrepreneur who transfored the historic location into a performing arts center in the 1994.) Mulvey has also been seen around the Philadelphia region including Bristol Riverside Theatre.
Actor P. Brendan Mulvey as he accepted the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Award during the 2012 Gala at Media Theatre. He stands on stage with Jesse Cline, Artistic Director
Terence Gleeson is also familiar to audiences in the area, having appeared in productions at Hedgerow, The Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and in New Jersey. An acting teacher, he founded the Theatre program at Neumann University which currently celebrates 30 years of continuous production.
Terence Gleeson who is Kraler in the show
Sarah Lynn Dewey is also no stranger to The Media Theatre stage. Several years ago she appeared in two of its Youth Series productions. She's entertained audiences at Delaware's New Candlelight Theatre, and worked with Isis Productions and Act Out Theatre. 
Miep Gies is played by Sarah Lynn Dewey
Anne Frank's world for two years was dependent on family and friends in a cramped environment in Amsterdam. Without the important roles of Kraler, Miep Gies, and Dussell, we- the audience- would know much less about the young girl whose joy for life was inescapable. 

For tickets to "The Diary of Anne Frank" at The Media Theatre, which is a rare non-musical production for Artistic Director Jesse Cline, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show plays through Sunday, February 16. 



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