Literature Like You've Never Seen it Before

Our Titles

We have carefully selected our titles from some of the best American
authors. Our audiences can see life through the eyes of a young soldier in
the Vietnam war or can live the dreams of an overweight nerd from the
Dominican Republic. They walk in the shoes of a young black man living in
the Jim-Crow south, learn how to survive on the streets with slam poet,
Lemon Anderson or get glimpse in the future world of Jonas and The Giver.

Through our stories audiences are exposed to new ways of looking at the
world. Issues including racism, social justice, conformity, poverty,
non-traditional families, and veterans’ issues. Many of our titles are
taught at the middle school and high school level across the country, are
all in-line with common core educational standards.

Here’s what I’d love to see in a classroom: a bunch of kids… each of them listening to a book… paying attention to words coming alive, to a story becoming real, becoming theirs. Literature to Life is what can do that.

Lois Lowry

Best-Selling author and two-time winner of the Newbery Award

Our Available Titles Currently Include

Black Boy

Black Boy

Author: Richard Wright

Black Boy dramatizes journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. Audiences are taken on a complex and compelling journey focusing on Richard’s hunger for knowledge and his fight to claim his basic human rights.

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County of Kings

County of Kings

Author: Lemon Andersen

This is the story of a boy who lost everything and persevered to win a Tony-Award. Told through prose, rap and poetry and adapted from the extraordinary life of Lemon Andersen, this riveting on-stage memoir will resonate with young audiences long after they leave the theatre.

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Literature to Life brings Ray Bradbury’s terrifyingly recognizable vision of the future to the stage for audiences of all ages. Guy Montag, is a fireman in a not-so distant future. Except instead of putting out fires, he starts them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vision of a world, awash in information, but lacking critical thought offers audiences of all ages a sobering look at our world, while offering hope for a better future.

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Zora

Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Elementary students will learn the art of storytelling from celebrated author and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. In this interactive theatre performance, Zora brings to life folktales she collected in her travels and asks students to add to her story collection, by creating tales of their own.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

Author: James Baldwin

Tish and Fonny discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby comes. Baldwin’s eloquent voice speaks of the struggle of African-Americans and the saving power of brotherhood.

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Author: Harriet Jacobs

This celebrated slave narrative includes the author’s account of the seven years she spent hiding out as a fugitive in her grandmother’s . Both a feminist and an abolitionist, Jacobs was one of the first women to speak openly about the sexual harassment and abuse endured by slave women.

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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

Author: Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man recounts the epic journey of an unnamed black narrator from his familiar but oppressive home in the South to new, dangerous freedoms in New York City. Set in 1952, Invisible Man brought Americans a complex black protagonist, an educated man of intellectual curiosity and eloquence.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz

This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles chronicles both the life of Oscar De León, an overweight Dominican boy who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels and with falling in love, as well as the curse that has plagued his family for generations.

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The Giver

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

This Newbery-Award winning, best-selling book for young readers has become the gold standard for the genre. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling, audiences question every value that they have taken for granted and reexamine their most deeply held beliefs.

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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls

A unique memoir of survival and resiliency told through the eyes of a young girl. Jeannette Walls and her three siblings grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. The Glass Castle is a story of perseverance and overcoming the odds.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

The first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, this performance dramatically portrays the relationship of two boys. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, the actor takes us on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. 

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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Author: Emily Dickinson

When you talk about giants of American poetry Emily Dickinson tops the list. Imagine opening a door and in she walks, bringing her poetry to life. Through interactive theatre, students will gain confidence in interpreting and internalizing the magnificent and universal poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

In this New York Times bestseller set during the Civil Rights Movement, a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the discovery of the real meaning of family.

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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Author: Tim O’Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. Far from a combat story of pride and glory, it is a compassionate tale of the American soldier, brimming with raw honesty and thoughtful reflection.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston’s story about a proud, independent black woman’s quest for identity is brought to life for audiences of all ages. Janie’s journey of love, lossand self-discovery, has been one of the most widely read and highly acclaimed novels in the canon of African-American literature.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Scout and Jem’s childhood in Alabama and how a series of events shake their innocence, shape their character and teach them about human nature. Lee examines racism and other prejudices through a page turning story told in a wonderful, Southern voice.

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Zora

Zora

Author: Laurence Holder

The most accomplished African American woman writing in the first half of the 20th Century, Zora Neale Hurston was a major writer of the Harlem Renaissance and an important influence on later generations of women writers. In this dramatic biography, Zora invites the audience into her exemplary life.

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