“It always seems impossible until it's done.”
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.
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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.
Assistant Production Manager
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Vocal & Dialect Coach
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.
October 5, 2014 (WPVI) -- Theatre Horizon in Norristown kicks off its 10th season with a story of a South African family's personal strife with apartheid.
Pam Gien's The Syringa Tree is a semi-autobiographical story that opened off Broadway in 2001 and was originally performed through the eyes of its main character, Elizabeth... [READ MORE]