The Giver
The Giver is a 1993 American young-adult utopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be a utopian society but is later revealed to be a dystopian one as the story progresses. The novel follows an 11 year old boy named Jonas. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness," a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community's decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate and terrain, all in effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality. MORE
Prime Stage Theatre
Prime Stage Theatre is a professional theatre company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA creates a blend of educational programs and theatrical productions families, middle school and high school students, educators, and theatre patrons. Its mission is to "entertain, educate, and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and producing adaptations of literature, new works, and programs that address relevant topics of teens and adults." Founded in 1996 by artistic director Wayne Brinda, the company has produced over 65 productions including 9 world and regional premieres and three scripts that are published and produced around the country. The theatre's first production was "A Woman Called Truth" staged at the Station Square Playhouse. The theatre then moved to La Roche College, where it produced two full seasons. In 1998, the theatre moved to Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy for one season, followed by its production of Clemente: The Measure of a Man at Point Park University's George White Theatre in 1999. In 2000, Prime Stage produced works at the New Hazlett Theatre, until it inaugurated a new theatre facility at 937 Liberty Avenue in 2003, a space now inhabited by Bricolage Production Company and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. In 2006, Prime Stage returned to the New Hazlett, where it has continued to produce theatrical adaptations of literary classics and classic plays. Prime Stage has also staged productions as part of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
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