November 01, 2015

A Conversation with Playwright Janet Cohen

By Judge Stephanie Domitrovitch

Janet Langhart Cohen is the author of a one-act play, Anne & Emmett, wherein an imaginary conversation occurs between Anne Frank, the heroic and tragic victim of Nazi genocide, and Emmett Till, a black youth murdered in the 1950s Jim Crow South. Ms. Cohen was raised in a housing project in Indianapolis, Indiana, by her mother, who worked as a maid and hospital ward secretary. Ms. Cohen currently serves as president and CEO of Langhart Communications and is married to former Defense Secretary William Cohen. Anne & Emmett premiered at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in June 2009. I had the pleasure of viewing the play at a conference of Pennsylvania trial judges, and later I interviewed Ms. Cohen.

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