adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Appropriate for Middle School and Above
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.
"Questions are imaginatively, sensitively, and deftly explored in a gorgeous tale." -Lexington Herald-Leader
"A grand morality tale with a magical quality." -Pegasus News
"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
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About Lois Lowry
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.
About Eric Coble
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His scripts have been produced on Broadway (Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated The Velocity of Autumn), off-Broadway (Bright Ideas), in Disney theme parks (Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple), in all 50 states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Thirty-two of Coble’s scripts have been published, many by Dramatic Publishing, including The Giver, Gathering Blue, Ghosts in the Machine, Swagger, The Storm in the Barn, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars and many others. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Charlotte Chorpenning Award for the body of work of a children’s playwright, the AT&T: OnStage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Fellowships and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards.