Ten-year-old Anastasia is opinionated, sassy and funny. Really funny. Of course, she also has a funny name, but she’ll make up for it in this offbeat story taken right from the pages of her diary. It’s about all the things she loves—and hates—and what she plans to do about them. This memorable story from the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver is a wonderful portrait of childhood and family life, complete with all its ups and downs.
Previews: February 8-15, 2013
Regular Performances: February 16-24, 2013
Recommendation: Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (except children under the age of four and babes in arms). The only requirement is that each audience member occupy a seat and sit quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.
Lois Lowry (author) is an American author of children's literature. She began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the early 1970s. Her work as a journalist drew the attention of Houghton Mifflin and they encouraged her to write her first children's book, A Summer to Die, which was published in 1977 (when Lowry was 40 years old). She has since written more than 30 books for children and published an autobiography. Two of her works have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal: Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993.
Meryl Friedman (playwright) was a founder and producing director at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago where she worked for 16 years. During her long collaboration with Lifeline she produced over 60 productions, most of them new and premiere works, adapting and/or directing over half of these. She has adapted novels and other fiction by award-winning authors Melissa Fay Greene, Louise Erdrich, Ursula K. Le Guin, Allen Ginsberg, Molly Ivins and Bruce Chatwin, to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous awards for writing and directing; in July of 1999 she received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for her adaptation of Journey of the Sparrows. Her adaptations have been produced across the country; she has worked at Lincoln Center Institute, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Webster Conservatory at St. Louis Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Chicago Theaters on the Air, National Jewish Theatre, WBEZ's "Stories on Stage" (a program of National Public Radio), Ensemble Studio Theatre—The LA Project and ASK Theater Projects. At the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, she directed Zoetrope All Story: All Live. On Stage; Pudd'nhead Wilson (which was nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards, including best production of the year and best adaptation); Figaro…Pigaro, A Barnyard Musical and Anastasia Krupnik, which was called a "cause for celebration" by the L.A. Times.