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The Giver
The Giver
"An absorbing production that asks both children and adults compelling questions about how we want our world to be."
The Oregonian

"There are lessons for those of every age in this compelling adaptation." —Sarasota Magazine

"Questions are imaginatively, sensitively, and deftly explored in a gorgeous tale." —Lexington Herald Leader

"A grand morality tale with a magical quality." —Pegasus News, Dallas

AATE Distinguished Play Award
Drama. Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry.

Cast: 4m., 4w., extras as desired or 4m., 2w. with doubling, extras as desired. Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The Giver was commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre and has played to sold-out audiences at such theatres as Oregon Children's Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, The Coterie Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, Dallas Children's Theater, Stages Repertory, Nashville Children's Theatre, Lexington Children's Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Unit set. Approximate running time: 70 minutes.

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  G91
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  54
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: YoungAudiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583426620
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and bred on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His plays have been produced off-Broadway, throughout the United States and on several continents including productions at Manhattan Class Company, the Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna ...More
Lois Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has lived all over the world. She attended elementary school in Pennsylvania, junior high school in Japan, high school in New York and college in Rhode Island and Maine. She divides her time between her residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an 18th-century farmhouse in rural Maine. Twice the recipient of the Newbery ...More
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