The Syringa Tree

OCT 16-NOV 9, 2014

by Pamela Gien
Directed by Steve Pacek
Honorary Producers:
  Carol & Tom Beam

Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa showed the world that conquering institutionalized racism could be done. In The Syringa Tree, Elizabeth, a white South African, shares the story of her black caretaker and of generations of family straining against the chains of apartheid. Love conquers fear as two gifted actresses fill the stage with the people, music, and verdant countryside of South Africa from 1963 to present.

Theatre Horizon is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia. This production is Barrymore Recommended. For more information about the Barrymore Awards and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.

The Cast

Kristyn Chouiniere


Alice M. Gatling

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Suggested Reading and Listening

Deepen your engagement with the play with the following materials:

A Short History of South Africa
Apartheid in South Africa
Impact on Daily Life
The Prayer Song - Music from The Syringa Tree

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Lobby Art Show

Lobby artist Susan Wallack will display her artwork alongside The Syringa Tree for the duration of the run. To learn more about the artist, visit her website.

Artist Susan Wallack

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Norristown Night - October 22, 2014

Hear from local Norristown artist and poet Mydera SpeakMeFree before the play. Mydera will present a short poem about the themes of The Syringa Tree.

Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Mydera Robinson is a poet, writer, artist, actor, host, educator, and Creative Director of SpeakMeFree Productions.

Also known as "Mydera SpeakMeFree, Mydera has been writing and performing since childhood. In 2012, she released her debut spoken word album "Confessions of a Caterpillar". In 2013, Mydera SpeakMeFree founded the Open Words Open Mic. She now works as Host and Co-Organizer for the Open Words Open Mic Poetry Network.

Since her appearance on the scene, Mydera SpeakMeFree has become a major presence in her community. She holds several board positions and is recognized as a leader of the arts in Norristown, PA.

Mydera SpeakMeFree has made it her mission to help others find their voice. You can often find her teaching workshops, hosting events, working with the youth, and volunteering in her local arts community.

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Plan Your Visit

Theatre Horizon offers lots of amenities and full accessibility. There are multiple transportation options and plenty of parking. Looking to grab food/drink before or after the show? Check out our dining partners for special discounts. Any other questions or concerns, please call our box office at 610-283-2230.

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