‘The Syringa Tree’ opens at CRT


CREEDE — Creede Repertory Theatre’s “The Syringa Tree” by Pamela Gien runs June 16 through August 26.

This moving and powerful story of an enduring love between two families, one black, one white, in apartheid South Africa stars two amazing actresses — Portland Thomas and Caitlin Wise — who portray 22 characters with high-energy storytelling and breathtaking trapeze sequences. The tory is told through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl who transports the audience to South Africa from 1963 through the present.

Apartheid, which means “Separateness” in the Afrikaans language, was a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa between 1948 and 1991.

“It’s about how two young women bond and survive through that gauntlet of obstacles. Seeing these resilient women age over decades and maintain their deep connection, even across seas, to me, that sounded like a powerful human story.  Their everlasting love that goes deeper than blood. That miraculous love that crosses seas and reunites families.” — Tosin Morohunfola, director.

“The Syringa Tree” is the winner of the 2001 Obie Award for Best Play.

The play will be performed in the Ruth Theatre and is rated PG-13.

Get tickets today by calling 719-658-2540 or go online to CreedeRep.org