The Second Stage series at Frostburg State University will present an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal winning novel “The Giver” on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, at 2 p.m.
In this story, directed by junior theatre major Alex Ferentinos, 12-year-old Jonas lives in a community where everything is the same. Everyone is assigned a mother, a father, a husband, a wife, a sibling. People do not experience pain, color, memory, choice or violence. Everyone is equal and happy. Sameness is good.
In a rite of passage, Jonas is apprenticed to a man called The Giver, guardian of the most sacred of life’s gifts – memory. In his new role, Jonas is allowed to see all memories from the time before sameness. As he becomes aware of concepts like joy and color and pain, he realizes that his community was built on dark secrets, which forces him to make some difficult decisions.
Adapted by Eric Coble from the award-winning book by Lois Lowry, “The Giver” is a science fiction adventure about the power of knowledge and the courage it takes to embrace new ideas.
All performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center’s F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. Note that there is no late seating for Theatre and Dance productions.
For reservations and information, contact the Theatre and Dance Box Office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. All tickets are $6.
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