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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.
About the Author
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His scripts published by Dramatic Publishing include The Giver, Gathering Blue, Cinderella Confidential, Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede, Vote?, Myth Adventures, The Emperor's New Clothes and Virtual Devotion. Coble's plays have been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway, in all 50 states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at MCC Theater, The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T: OnStage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. For more jaw-dropping information, visit www.ericcoble.com.
Born in Honolulu in 1937, author Lois Lowry attended elementary school in Pennsylvania, junior high school in Tokyo and high school in New York. She went to Brown University and the University of Southern Maine, and, in addition, holds honorary doctorates from six universities. Currently she lives in Maine. Twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, given each year for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature by an American author, Lowry has also received the Regina Medal, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the Mark Twain Prize, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Bank Street College Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Book Award and countless other honors for her work. She has twice been the United States nominee for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Her more than 40 books have been translated into 27 languages, and in 1996, her award-winning novel The Giver, called in translation Le Passeur, was chosen by the children of Belgium and France as their favorite. In addition, several books have been adapted for film and stage, and The Giver has also become an opera. Lowry has traveled around the world, speaking to children in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia about the importance of literature and imagination in their lives. Lowry is a mother, a grandmother of four and has worked as a photojournalist as well as a writer of fiction.