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OTTO FRANK

Created and Performed by Roger Guenveur Smith
Presented in Association with The Public Theater 

 

 

 

Tickets $20-$60 

+ Pay-What-You-Can

 

Performances

Friday, January 27 - 7pm SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Janua
ry 28 - 2pm
Saturday, January 28 - 8pm SOLD OUT!

 

 

Location

Te Ata Theater

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

11 NW 11th St. | Oklahoma City, OK 73103

This Show Has Closed

January 27-28, 2023

 

Obie Award-winning collaborators Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson have devised a new work inspired by Otto Frank, the father of diarist Anne Frank.

 

Smith's intimate meditation, scored live by Thompson, illuminates our present moment through a rigorous interrogation of our not-so-distant past. Smith's Frank addresses his daughter beyond her time and his own, navigating his loss as the only survivor of his immediate family, and negotiating his subsequent service to the living and the dead as the steward of her work.

A collaboration with The Public Theater in New York, the Under The Radar Festival is widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor, writer, and director who has created a prolific body of work on stage and screen. He adapted his Obie Award-winning A HUEY P NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, currently streaming on Hulu. His Bessie Award-winning RODNEY KING is currently on Netflix. Both NEWTON and KING were presented at The Public Theater, scored by Marc Anthony Thompson, and directed for the screen by Mr. Smith's longtime colleague, Spike Lee.

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PRESS

"Evidence of a politically-informed imagination and a lyrical sensibility."

Jonathan Mandell for NEW YORK THEATER 

 

"An intimate meditation on our current moment which interrogates our not-so-distant past."

KAYENTA ARTS

"An actor's feat of single-minded control… Time past becomes time present."

SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE

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About Under the Radar

UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL is a world-renowned international theater festival shining a spotlight on new theater work from around the world.

Under the Radar: On the Road increases the impact and scope of the Under the Radar Festival programming by collaborating with performing arts centers across America. Now in our third year, OKC Rep has partnered with the Under The Radar Festival to bring OTTO FRANK to OKC Rep. The show will perform at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on January 12-22 and then will come to Oklahoma City.

More information at utrfest.org

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"It gives people a wider experience of America. ... I think what Kelly's doing is at the frontlines of culture. ... Getting this intimate, very specialized work out to people to really receive it, it's great. It's been part of my mission all along. ... I think it's great to point to Oklahoma City as a success — that this work does land out there and not just in this little bubble we call New York City. Great art connects." 

 

-Mark Russell, Director of Under the Radar, interviewed by Brandy McDonnell in The Oklahoman

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