Production History

CHICAGo Premiere!


by Lois Lowry
Directed by ASC ensemble member Brian Bell                                 

November 7th - December 17th, 2009

"This production is a masterpiece from start to finish."
Centerstage Chicago

"A dream show indeed." The Reader

"Adventure Stage is the introduction to theater I wish all children could have." Chicago Critic

"Thoughtful, imaginative...first rate acting, directing and design...really extraordinary." Kelly Kleiman, Eight Forty-Eight

"Adventure Stage Chicago stands apart from other children's theater companies in town." Time Out Chicago

"Adventure Stage Chicago has always done a fine job catering to young audiences." Chicago Tribune

Show Description

This fanciful and poignant play based on Lois Lowry's novel exploredthe power of dreams and the magical creatures that create them. An eager new Dream-Giver known only as Littlest One struggles to heal the hearts of an abused young boy, his grieving caregiver and his estranged mother before the haunting memories each of them carry become more than they can bear. But are the dreams Littlest One weaves strong enough to fortify and protect the fragile humans in her care? Beautifully staged using colorful projections and enchanting puppetry, Gossamer was recommended for ages 9 and up (4th thru 8th grades).

Learning Guide

Our Education Department produces a Learning Guide for all of our productions. This text is FULL of fun background information about the show, pre-show and post-show discussion questions, as well as art and language activities. While we primarily make it for our educators, we think parents should check it out as well. Click here to join the fun!


Gossamer author and playwright Lois Lowry joined us on opening day for a post-show Q&A, book signing and ice cream social! Click here to read all about it.

Lois Lowry’s appearance was made possible in part by the generous support of


Click here to visit our Adventure Page and read all blog posts about Gossamer!