The Syringa Tree

By Pamela Gien
Directed by Michael Evan Haney

March 26 - April 13 , 2003

2002-2003 Studio Season

The Story

An evocative memoir of the love between two families- one black, one white- sharing a South African home. First seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl trying to make sense of the chaos and magic of her new world, this one-woman play follows the families through four generations from early apartheid to present day free South Africa.

Creative & Production Staff

Scenic Designer: Narelle Sissons
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Eisloeffel
Lighting Designer: James Sale
Sound Designer: Chuck Hatcher
Stage Manager: Champe Leary
Casting: Rich Cole


Stephanie Cozart (Elizabeth)
Shannon Koob (Elizabeth)

Ms. Cozart and Ms. Koob appeared at alternating performances throughout the run.

Additional Credits

Dialect Coach: Cynthia Blaise
Zulu Advisor: Tholani Hlongwa

Production Notes

The Syringa Tree was a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The production was subsequently re-mounted at the English Theatre in Vienna, Austria, with Shannon Koob in the role of Elizabeth, where it ran January 27–March 6, 2004.