“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” This world premiere adaptation by Eric Coble of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award novel stirs your memories as 12 year old Jonas discovers his special gifts and his special purpose with the aid of the Giver in this world of Sameness. But will he be successful?
Opens May 13 and runs until May 22.
Sensory Friendly Performance support provided by the following:
A brief summary – A Lesson before Dying is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store robbery where three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death.
"An uplifting tale of the triumph of the human spirit.”
- National Book Critics' Circle Award
“A poignant and profound drama on the value of human life that is more than worth the effort to seek it out.”
- Chicago Beat.
The Hazlett Theater Performing Arts Center where Prime Stage performs is accessible for people with disabilities. For information on seating and/or to request an ASL signed student matinee performance, please email Prime Stage at firstname.lastname@example.org