So Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes walk into a theater — no, really. This quintet of writers never met in the real world, as each was isolated from the outside world in some fashion and separated from one another by time and space. But they wrote about similar ideas of family, love, death and loneliness. Playwright F. Reed Brown compiled writings from their journals, letters and published works to create a new kind of play that features no dialogue but instead relies on each writer giving voice to their life while performing choreographed movement to music. The Freed-Yorick Theatre Ensemble presents Voices at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 13 through 23) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Tickets are $18 to $25.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Jan. 23, 2011