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Fans of Lois Lowry’s children’s novel The Giver have an opportunity to immerse themselves into the writer’s magical world again with Geneseo Central Drama Club’s production of Gossamer. Based on Lois Lowry’s book of the same name, the play deals frankly with the pain of an abused child.
Gossamer focuses on a group of benevolent beings that bestow pleasant dreams upon humans. They’re training their newest member, Littlest. Littlest’s first assignment is a young boy whose abusive father has left him with a broken arm, an angry view of the world and tremendous feelings of abandonment. The boy is placed in foster care with an elderly woman while his mother pieces her life together and makes a new home for him.
As Littlest struggles to find happy memories in the boy upon which to build pleasant, comforting dreams, she learns to fear and fight Sinisteeds, the creatures that inflict nightmares.
Gossamer is unique in that a great deal of the action takes place within the subconscious mind of the characters, some of whom are human and others are a non-human race of magical beings called the Dream Givers.
The fairylike Dream Givers live within us, inhabiting the in-between world of sleep and waking; it is their duty to care for humans by watching over and even directing our dreams. Part of their work involves extracting good feelings and memories from objects around us — they cannot just implant random lovely dreams in our minds, underscoring a truth that it is our actions while awake that matter most, whose power can sustain and comfort us in our sleep.
Gossamer is a story about the redemptive powers of hope, compassion and love.