Liesel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.
This production is presented as part of Now Is The Time, a citywide initiative to stop youth violence and intolerance, and in partnership with the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago.
Hallie Gordon, Steppenwolf for Young Adults' Artistic and Educational Director, discusses The Book Thief and this season's partnership with Now Is The Time, a Chicago wide initiative to stop youth violence.
Author, Markus Zusak, and adaptor, Heidi Stillman, discuss Zusak's inspiration for The Book Thief and why the book leaves such a lasting impression on young and old audiences alike.