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The Facts

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Performed by
Liz Parker
Mara Stephens
Elise Thoron
Elise Thoron
Recommended Ages
Ages 10 and up


All Stage Presentations include a 15 minute pre-show interactive discussion, a one hour performance, followed by a 15 minute post-show discussion, and a teacher resource guide. To get more information, or to begin the booking process, please fill out this form.

The Giver / Lois Lowry

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In a dystopian world where all is the same, twelve-year-old Jonas is selected to receive the memories of a far different life.

Live performance of The Giver

This Literature to Life Award winner was adapted in 2009 and marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life roster.  Newly adapted by Associate Artistic Director 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. Surrounded by a pre and post show interactive discussion, the audience will explore themes including Individuality, Ethics and Social Constructs.

Costume Design by Debra Otte

The Giver © 1993 by Lois Lowry and used by permission of the author.

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FROM THE FIELD: Community Unites at Raritan Valley Community College INCLUDES VIDEO Video Included
Posted by Manuel Simons
FROM THE FIELD: Community Unites at Raritan Valley Community College

Recent Literature to Life Stage Presentations of The Giver by Lois Lowry at Raritan Valley Community College brought together hundreds of people of all ages. Many in our audiences were under 18 years of age, no doubt because The Giver is a beloved young readers’ novel. Yet, there were folks in our audiences who ranged in age from nineteen to ninety.


Audience Response

"I really thought I was in front of Jonas. Books are really things to be read and imagined. It was the best way to visualize The Giver."
Eva Silva,
NYC Middle School Student

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