The Book Thief


Adapted by Heidi Stillman from Markus Zusak’s book, the story is narrated by a Death figure who is haunted by humans, and who tries alongside the audience to understand why people do the terrible and generous things they do. Liesel Meminger comes to live with adoptive parents in Nazi Germany. Over the course of the Second World War, she blooms from a tight-lipped, nightmare-ridden girl to a poised young woman who commits several acts of book thievery as she learns to read, keep important secrets, and heil Hitler whether she wants to or not.
Format: Drama



The play is presented in Chicago as part of an initiative to stop youth violence and intolerance.

Original or Prominent Production: 2012, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, USA
Original Source Material: Book by Markus Zusak
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Original Language: English

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