Anne and Emmett

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Anne and Emmett is a play by American Janet Langhart Cohen. It explores an imaginary conversation between Emmett Till, an African American, and Anne Frank, a German Jew, which takes place in Memory, a non-specific afterlife or alternate dimension. They were killed as young teenagers because of racial persecution. The play recounts the lives of the Till and Frank, comparing and contrasting the events in their lives and deaths.[1]

The show features recorded narration by Morgan Freeman, and a score by Joshua Coyne.[2][3]


The play was set to premiere at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009, as part of the commemoration of Anne Frank's 80th birthday.[4] The premiere was cancelled due to a shooting at the museum, which resulted in the death of a museum guard.[5][6][7]

Use in training police[edit]

The New York City Police Department has had the play produced for audiences of its police officers, using it to teach tolerance.[8]


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  2. ^ Courtland Milloy (2009-06-14). "Courtland Milloy on the Debut of 'Anne and Emmett'". Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ Furchtgott, Diana. "Education policies fail brilliant young multi-instrumentalist | Diana Furchtgott-Roth | Op Eds | San Francisco Examiner". Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Fate of Anne Frank, Emmett Till plays out in our minds - Faith & Reason -". 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Shooting brings poignancy to Anne and Emmett play". Washington Jewish Week. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  6. ^ Tell Me More (2009-06-12). "Museum Shooting Draws Attention To Play About Hate". NPR. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  7. ^ Stabley, Matthew. "Slain Museum Guard's Kindness Repaid With Bullet". NBC Washington. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  8. ^ { | NYPD Begins Using One-Act Play ‘Anne & Emmett’ To Teach Tolerance}