A story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960’s South Africa. Seen first through the eyes of a child, six-year-old Elizabeth tries to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of her experience. The story of these families’ destinies spans four generations, from early apartheid to present-day free South Africa. Performed as originally conceived, all 24 characters are portrayed by one actress, Courtney Wood.
Saturday April 29 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)
Sunday April 30 // 3:00pm (doors at 2:15pm)
RESERVE TICKETS (Engine Members receive $5 discount on ticket price)
General seating. Seats are limited. Please reserve online or purchase prior to the shows in-person at Engine or by calling 207-370-9130.
It is a privilege to present The Syringa Tree. I love learning about other people and places through my acting. As an actor, I have always found fascinating the process of inhabiting a character. In this story, making a strong bond with the principal character Elizabeth has been especially revealing and satisfying. I hope this work gives the audience greater access to the important history of South Africa and the lessons that can be taken about the struggle for freedom through Elizabeth’s experience. –Courtney Wood