The Syringa Tree

The Syringa Tree is a solo performance memory play of a childhood under apartheid, written and often performed by Pamela Gien, and directed by Larry Moss.[1][2] It was produced by Matt Salinger, son of writer, J. D. Salinger.[3]

It centers on the story of Elizabeth Grace, a Roman Catholic White South African of mixed English and Afrikaner descent. The play spans four generations.

Gien has adapted the play into a novel.[3]


The play debuted in Seattle, WA. It later opened at the Playhouse 91 intimate theater in Yorkville, Manhattan in Fall 2000.[3] The Manhattan reception was lukewarm at first, but news of Gien's performance soon garnered attention, drawing the interest of celebrities such as Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell.[3]

It won an Obie Award for Best Play in 2001.[4]


  1. ^ The Syringa Tree - Off Broadway Archived 2006-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Past Productions: The Syringa Tree
  3. ^ a b c d Gray, Paul (2006-08-06). "'The Syringa Tree,' by Pamela Gien". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  4. ^ "Gin Hammond and Eva Kaminsky Climb The Syringa Tree on National Touring, Bowing Oct. 9". Playbill. 2002-07-29. Retrieved 2020-01-07.

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