Everyone remembers his first love -- particularly Edmond Silverberg, whose young sweetie was Anne Frank. One day in 1942 Silverberg showed up at Anne's door for an arranged date. But she and her family had already gone into hiding, and he never saw her again. Five years later he was shocked to find himself in her published diary, a tale he recounts in the New Conservatory Theater Center's YouthAware production And Then They Came for Me -- Remembering the World of Anne Frank.
Part documentary, part drama, And Then strings together taped interviews with Holocaust survivors Silverberg and Eva Schloss (Frank's former neighbor) with live actors who re-create scenes from their lives as World War IIera teens. The 1997 play picks up where Frank's journal leaves off, recounting Schloss' years in Nazi concentration camps and Silverberg's 26 months of hiding in Belgium. It opens today at 10:15 a.m. (and runs through Oct. 5) at the New Conservatory Theater Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), S.F. Admission is $5-10; call 861-8972 or visit www.nctcsf.org. -- Joyce Slaton
What happens to a play on its way to the stage? One of the things playwrights can do with their work is hand it over to actors and see what it sounds like. The Magic Theatre and the Exploratorium have teamed up to do just that with a new crop of plays about science and technology. The series of script-in-hand readings, "Science on Stage 2003," kicks off with the all-ages-appropriate Zachariah Mosley's Neon Blues by Neena Beber, of Clarissa Explains It All fame. The plot follows the inventor of neon paint, read by actor Ian Scott MacGregor, and includes a variety of other characters and stories, one of which involves the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. The reading begins at 3 p.m. in the Exploratorium's McBean Theater, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Free with museum admission (free-$12); call 441-8822 or visit www.exploratorium.edu. -- Hiya Swanhuyser
Fear No Schmear S.F. Delves Into Dough
New York transplants complain they can't find decent bagels in San Francisco. Now they can put their dough where their mouths are at "Sourdough Bagels." The workshop teaches noshers how to make their own treats with Lactobacillus sanfrancisco, the home-grown yeast responsible for all that Fisherman's Wharf sourdough. Participants take home recipes and their bagels, and if the chewy rounds are disappointing, they'll have no one to blame but themselves. Bring the lox beginning at 1 p.m. to the Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason (at Halleck), S.F. Admission is $15; call 561-7690 or visit www.crissyfield.org. -- Jack Karp