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A Literature to Life® stage presentation of The Giver

A Literature to Life® stage presentation of The Giver

Event Date: February 13th, 2018

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By Lois Lowry
Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
A Program of Young Audiences New York
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
9:15 & 11:30 a.m. (1 hour)
Grades 6-12 

The Story
At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pains of life.  In the process, Jonas is forced to question everything in his ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality.

In Performance
This Literature to Life Award winner marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life roster.  Adapted by Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.  As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience.

Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Language Arts, Performing Arts

National Core Standards – TH:Re7-9, TH:Cn10-11