The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and in conjunction with the New York State Writers Institute, is pleased to present American Place Theatre in a performance of The Giver on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:30pm. The show is directed by Elise Thoron, the company’s Associate Artistic Director, and performed by Mara Stephens. The evening will begin at 7pm with a pre-performance discussion led by a member of American Place Theatre and will conclude with a post-performance discussion immediately following the show.

The production of The Giver is a one-person theatrical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s richly provocative novel. Taken from book to stage by the award-winning New York City based company, this verbatim adaptation explores a dystopian world where all is the same. Twelve-year-old Jonas is selected to receive the memories of a far different life which prompts him to question the values and beliefs of his “perfect” society.  Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, this young adult novel was published 20 years ago and is still widely read today. It is first in the series of Lowry’s quartet which also includes Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004) and Son (2012).

The history of The American Place Theatre is rich and varied with a consistent commitment to nurturing the talents of American authors, playwrights and actors. Based in New York City, it is dedicated to producing high quality new work by diverse American writers and to pursuing pluralism and diversity in all its endeavors. Its Literature to Life series offers professionally staged theatrical adaptations of significant American literary works. The series has been featured at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center for several seasons with performances of Sherman Alexie’s Flight, Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, Frank McCourt’s Teacher Man, Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea, Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle,Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.  The Theatre, having received over 30 Obies and 16 Audelcos, is critically acclaimed as a birthing place for artistic endeavors at the crossroad of literature and live performance for 50 years.

Actors for whom American Place has been a launching pad include Mary Alice, Ellen Barkin, Roscoe Lee Browne, Kathleen Chalfont, Michael Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Sandy Duncan, Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, Joel Grey, Dustin Hoffman, Frank Langella, Mary MacDonnell, Zakes Mokae, Howard Rollins, John Spencer, Ralph Waite, Sam Waterson and Sigourney Weaver.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff and $10 for students.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be special morning matinee performances of The Giver for school groups on Tuesday, April 30 at 10am and Thursday, May 2 at 9:30am.  The Thursday morning show is sold out but seats are available on Tuesday morning.  Information and reservations for this matinee are available by calling the Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738.