Oregon Children’s Theatre presents
two special events with award winning author
Lois Lowry

Portland, OR – Drammy Award winning Oregon Children’s Theatre presents two special events with author Lois Lowry. 

Gossamer Staged Reading
In an unusual collaboration between children’s theatres, Oregon Children’s Theatre has teamed up with First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee to co-commission Lowry to write her first play, an adaptation of her novel Gossamer. The staged reading of the play will take place Monday, March 10th at 7:00 pm at the Winningstad Theatre (1111 SW Broadway, Portland). It will feature a reading by professional actors followed by a feedback session directed by Jeff Frank, First Stage Artistic Director and Stan Foote, OCT’s Artistic Director. Lois Lowry will be available to receive feedback as she continues to refine the script. Gossamer will premiere at OCT in October 2008.

This free event is open to the public, however seating is limited and must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available through OCT at 503-228-9571.

Imagination Luncheon
OCT presents its third annual Imagination Luncheon, featuring Keynote Speaker, Lois Lowry, on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at the Governor Hotel’s Heritage Ballroom (611 SW 11th Avenue, Portland). The luncheon celebrates the importance of the arts, and particularly theater, in helping children learn creative thinking, teamwork, and tolerance – as well as other key life skills necessary for success in our increasingly complex world. The luncheon will also feature a performance by OCT’s Young Professionals.

Tickets are $40 per person, $400 for a table of 10, or $750 for a corporate table of 10. Box Office: 503-228-9571.

Lois Lowry has written more than 30 books for young readers and received many citations and awards, including Newbery Medals for her novels Number the Stars (1989) and The Giver (1993). Lowry was born in Hawaii and lived in New York, Pennsylvania and Tokyo, Japan before settling in New York for high school. She attended Brown University, but dropped out to get married and start a family. The mother of four children, she completed her college education in Maine and worked as a writer and photographer. Since the 1970s she has published novels known for expressing realistic life experiences, including the trilogy The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger and the Anastasia Krupnik series of books. Her other books include A Summer to Die (1977), Autumn Street (1979) and Rabble Starkey (1987). Gossamer was written in 2006. Lowry recently received the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in young adult literature. 

Founded in 1989, Oregon Children’s Theatre is Oregon’s largest non-profit professional children’s theatre company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. OCT serves more than 111,000 children of all ages each year. OCT offers numerous school services including in-school workshops and an extensive outreach program. OCT’s year round Acting Academy offers theatre classes for children ages 4-17. 

“A UCLA study proves that high school seniors who participate in the creation of theatre are 40% less likely to tolerate racist behavior than kids who were not theatre participants.”


The Imagination Luncheon is sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, 
Boeing, Lane Powell, and Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund.

Tickets are now on sale and can be ordered by calling
Oregon Children's Theatre at 503-228-9571.
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