There are lessons for those of every age in the Asolo Rep’s The Giver.
Here, at the age of 12, children enter the adult world and begin the jobs they have been selected to perform. In Jonas’ case, that’s a rare opportunity, for he is picked to train with—and eventually replace—The Giver (Brent Bateman), who has been responsible for keeping in his mind all the memories of the past the other community members no longer have. In his transplanting those memories to Jonas, we see how wonderful it is for Jonas to experience for the first time the thrill of snow, the excitement of color. But there are hard, painful memories, too—memories of war, poverty and starvation—plus an especially harsh reality to face about how his society deals with its misfits and no longer productive members.
Brent Bateman and Kevin O’Callaghan in the Asolo Rep’s The Giver.