July 12 and 13, 2019 | 8 pm
Written by Nathan Christensen
Join us for the full-length stage reading of the 2019 New Works Playwright Competition winner. The NWPC Winner Workshop provides a unique opportunity for the winning playwright to workshop their production on the OCTA stage and get feedback from a live audience.
The Giver (adapted from the novel by Lois Lowry) is set in a world with no pain, sorrow, or conflict, but also without weather, color, or deep emotion of any kind. The story follows Jonas, a 12-year-old boy who is given the assignment of holding the collective memory of what life was like before Sameness, so that he can guide the community’s leaders with his wisdom. He is trained by the previous holder of that assignment—a mysterious man Jonas comes to call the Giver. As Jonas comes to understand both pain and love, the idea of supporting Sameness becomes increasingly intolerable, and he and the Giver decide the time has come to change everything.
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Nathan Christensen earned a Master of Fine Arts in musical theatre writing from New York University. His musical adaptation of The Giver, written with composer Scott Murphy, was featured at the NAMT Festival of New Musical in 2010. Their musical Broadcast, about the history of radio, was performed as a reading at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, and developed at the National Music Theatre Conference at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Spittoonia on the Erie, a comic adaptation of Cinderella written with composer David Mallamud, was performed in 2017 by the Albany Symphony Orchestra as part of the Erie Canal bicentennial. Nathan’s work has been performed at University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, as well as in new musical festivals and developmental programs at TheatreWorksUSA, Penn State, Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA), TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA), and the New American Musical Festival (Santa Clarita, CA). Nathan is a recipient of a Richard Rogers Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, a Daryl Roth Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a residency at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. In addition to writing plays and musicals, Nathan has been a blogger for NewMusicalTheatre.com, and a theatre critic for Tucson Weekly. He moved to Olathe in 2018 with his wife and six children.
Tickets may be purchased with credit card, check, or cash. Free parking is available in the OCTA lot and on the street. Concessions are available for cash or credit donation and may be taken into the theater.