Jetsetters: ‘Anne & Emmett’ Reading in New York


Tony-nominated actress Anna Deavere Smith recently did a theatrical reading of Janet Langhart Cohen’s play, “Anne & Emmett,” an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, in New York City. In the one-act play, Frank recounts her experience in the Holocaust, and Till his tragic tale of racial hatred and violence in the American South. They then share in the search for reconciliation and hope in this unforgettable work.

“I wrote the play as a call to action to eradicate racism and anti-Semitism,” explains Cohen. “Anne and Emmett, two very different teenagers, lived in societies that couldn’t protect them because of hatred and the inaction of silent witnesses. While the hate that took their lives still lives, this play reminds us to act and to remember.”

Hosted by Henry Kissinger and Vernon Jordan and featuring a conversation with the playwright, the event supported the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, due to open in 2015. For information, visit