Photos: First Look at “The Giver” at NextStop Theatre

The Sci-fi Young Adult Classic Appears Through March 12 in Herndon


Herndon, VA / Washington DC — Lovingly called “1984 for kids” or “The Hunger Games without the violence”, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning book, adapted for the stage by Eric Coble, is now appearing Saturdays and Sundays at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Virginia through March 12, 2017. Photos providing a first look at the production, directed by Amanda Herman in her professional debut, give the public a glimpse of the sci-fi dystopian future created in the black box theatre space next to Reston Town Center.

The story revolves around Jonas, who’s world seems perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. However, there are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, audience-members discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of their own destiny.

While NextStop recommends this show “for ages 6 and up”, it can also be enjoyed by adults without children. The cast is comprised of paid professional artists, which includes professional child actors.

The cast includes Logan Wagner (Asher)Mira Cohen (Fiona)Aidan Chomicki (Jonas), Olivia McMahon (Lily)Jack Seeley (The Giver)Mike Sherman (Father), Bess Kaye (Mother/Chief Elder)Laura Russell (Announcer).

The production features a set design by Jack Golden, costume design by Stephanie Fisher, properties by Amanda Srok, lighting design by Sean Cox, and sound design by Reid May. The production team also includes master electrician Jonathan Abolins and production stage manager Maggie Riegel. Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

General Admission tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for kids 12 and under, and the running time is approximately 70 minutes without an intermission. The production is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Performance Times: Saturday and Sunday 11am and 4pm until March 12, 2017.

Tickets are available online, by phone through OvationTix at 866-811-4111, and at the door, subject to availability.

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