Learning Beyond Measure? Assessing the Liberal Arts

The Seventh Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

February 16-17, 2007




The Syringa Tree

By Pamela Gien

Starring Gin Hammond


The Syringa Tree is a deeply personal story of an abiding love between two families - onetree white, one black - and the two children that are born into their shared South African household in the early 1960s. Spanning four generations, the story is told first by six-year-old Elizabeth Grace as she tries to make sense of the chaos, magic, and darkness of Africa.


The Syringa Tree was written by Pamela Gien in the mid 1990s and has been performed around the world ever since, typically with one actress inhabiting all 24 characters.

Our actress, Gin Hammond, comes to us from Seattle, Washington. Ms. Hammond received her MFA from the American Reperatory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University / Moscow Art Theatre School. She has received a Helen Hayes Award as Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance of "The Syringa Tree," along with rave reviews.


The San Francisco Chronicle called her performance "breathtakingly versatile, superb, graceful, emotionally generous, impressive" and The Washington Post added, "every moment with this gifted young actress feels special."


Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. For information call 805-565-7247 or email libarts@westmont.edu.