Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Pamela Gien to appear at Vroman's on July 11

Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman's present:

A Novel by Pamela Gien
Book talk and signing - July 11, 2006 at 7pm
Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.

The tour-de-force one-woman play The Syringa Tree opened at Pasadena Playhouse in 2002 to huge critical success and popular acclaim. Join award-winning playwright Pamela Gien as she talks about her play, her new novel, and her experiences in Apartheid-era South Africa.

In this heartrending and inspiring novel set against the gorgeous, vast landscape of South Africa under apartheid, award-winning playwright Pamela Gien tells the deeply evocative story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children born into their shared household. First through the eyes of six-year-old Elizabeth Grace as she tries with humor and fear to make sense of the chaos and magic of Africa, we follow the destinies of both families and of a nation in a story that spans four generations and many cultures—Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu, Jewish, English—from the early 1960s to present day free South Africa.

Pamela Gien is the recipient of the OBIE Award for Best Play 2001, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Solo Performance, a Drama League Honor, and a nomination for the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The Syringa Tree, the play, had its world premiere at ACT in Seattle. Pamela has since performed it in London Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and in Cambridge, MA.. She recently returned from South Africa where The Syringa Tree played to sold-out houses at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, receiving a nomination for the Fleur du Cap Award. The original New York stage production has been filmed for television by Trio Arts Channel. Pamela was chosen by Entertainment Weekly for their 100 Most Creative Artists. She has also written a new screenplay for an upcoming film, called The Lily Field, currently being produced by Matt Salinger.

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