Performance of The Giver
Lois Lowry is credited with more than 30 children's books and an autobiography. She has won two Newbery Medals, for "Number the Stars" in 1990 and "The Giver" in 1994. January 2014 is the 20th anniversary of "The Giver’s" award. The Newbery committee had a challenge finding Lois to notify her of her second Newbery—she was traveling in Antarctica at the time!
Since its release, "The Giver" has been one of the most acclaimed – and controversial–children’s books. True to the thought-provoking novel, the play centers on 12-year-old Jonas who inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount. Jonas’s gradual disillusionment with an outwardly utopian futuristic society is skillfully crafted in an intriguing and profoundly thoughtful story. We journey along with Jonas to learn that all is not as it seems.
The University of Redlands Theater Department is presenting "The Giver" on January 23, 24, 25 and 26 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre on campus. The play will be three-sided in a very intimate environment. Register for the Children’s Literature Festival by December 13, 2013 to receive a free ticket for a performance of the play.