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OCT to open The Giver

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: OWEN CAREY - Tristan Comella plays Jonas in Oregon Childrens Theatres production of The Giver.

From acclaimed two-time Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry, “The Giver” returns to Oregon Children’s Theatre eight years after its world premiere on the OCT stage.

The play runs April 26 through May 18 at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.

The play is about Jonas, whose world is perfect. Everything is under control.

There is no war or fear or pain.

There are no choices, individuality, or emotions — they are against the rules.

When Jonas turns 12 he is selected to train with The Giver, who is the keeper of the entire community’s memories, good and bad.

Now Jonas must shoulder the burden of memory and learn the harsh truths of what it means to live a life of sameness.

OCT’s script of “The Giver” won the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Distinguished Play Award.

It has been used for more than 200 productions, nationally and internationally, since OCT premiered it in 2006.

“A favorite of middle and high school students, ‘The Giver’ has captured the imagination of a generation since it was first published in 1993,” Director Stan Foote said. “It is complex and compelling and rich with topics for discussion.

“Through this story, we realize how we take for granted the vibrancy and diversity of our lives because we experience it from birth.

“‘The Giver’ presents a world of sameness without color, choice, freedom, history, human rights or privacy.”

The cast features Andres Alcala as The Giver, Tristan Comella as Jonas, James Luster as Father, Cecily Overman as Mother, Nate Gardner as Asher, Hannah Baggs as Fiona, Steele Clevenger as Lily, Zoe Stadler as Rosemary and April Magnusson as Chief Elder.

Tickets range in price from $18 to $28 for adults and $15 to $24 for children.

Purchase them online at octc.org or by calling the box office at 503-228-9571.



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