A play by Eric Coble
Based on the book by Lois Lowry
On Stage : February 15-25, 2018
Tickets On Sale: January 15, 2018
Price: $25 | Full Time Students: $12
Eleven-year-old Jonas lives in an isolated, seemingly perfect community with his assigned family unit: Father, Mother, and younger sister Lily. There is no war, fear, or pain in the community. All is grey “Sameness,” and people are “protected from making wrong choices.”
Everyone is assigned a lifetime role in a special ceremony at the age of 12. Some will care for the elderly, like Larissa, who live in the House of the Old. In the Nurturing Center, others raise “newchildren” like baby Gabriel, who comes to stay with Jonas’ family for extra care. Others in the community serve a variety of functions: elders, instructors, laborers, birthmothers, and so on.
Jonas and his friends Asher and Fiona are anxiously awaiting their own Ceremony of Twelve. But at the ceremony, the Chief Elder announces that Jonas has been chosen for a special assignment: to become the next Receiver of Memory, the one person entrusted with the collective memories of humanity’s past. Jonas will receive special training from the old man who has been the Receiver of Memory for many years and is now known as The Giver.
As The Giver shares memories of the past, Jonas experiences true pleasure and pain for the first time. He delights in the simple joys of snow and sunshine, feels the warmth of family holidays and birthday parties, reads books, learns what love and colors are. He also suffers through memories of war and starvation as the history of mankind is revealed to him.
Jonas also finds out what happened ten years ago when a previous Receiver of Memory, Rosemary, failed in her assignment and mysteriously disappeared from the community. And when Jonas discovers the shocking reality of his world, he must make one of the first choices of his young life – and the hardest one.
Playwright Eric Coble has adapted this haunting, thought-provoking drama from Lois Lowry’s best-selling young-adult novel. The book won the 1994 Newbery Medal, among numerous other awards, and inspired the 2014 film version featuring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.