Sycamore Trees

An Original Musical in Two Acts

Book by: Ricky Ian Gordon and Nina Mankin
Music and Lyrics by: Ricky Ian Gordon

Published by: The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization

Score & Parts: Available from the composer.

Premiere: May 18-June 13, 2010 at The Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia

Cast & Crew

Sidney Sylvan: Mark Kudisch
Edie Sylvan: Diane Sutherland
Myrna Sylvan: Jessica Molaskey
Theresa Sylvan: Judy Kuhn
Ginnie Sylvan: Farah Alvin
Andrew Sylvan: Tony Yazbeck
The Man: Matthew Risch

Director: Tina Landau
Conductor: Fred Lassen
Sets and Costumes: James Schuette
Costume Designer: Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Designer: Scott Zielinski
Sound Designer: Matt Rowe


“In Sycamore Trees, an American family speaks directly to the audience as they tell, and re-live, their stories in the second half of the 20th century. The piece is very intimate, and deeply personal, yet it also has a historical sweep as it places these characters in the tumult of the times-the chaotic 60s, the pressurized 80s, and so on. It’s exquisite-in its sense of longing and loss, and the profound ties that bind family together. Above all, the piece has a form which is completely unique-unlike any other show I can think of. It’s highly inventive and idiosyncratic in its storytelling-constantly surprising, creating and breaking its own rules. The whole piece feels like a poem-some haunting combination of memory, music, and dream.

—Tina Landau, director       

Sycamore Trees

Signature Theater

Premiere Production, 2010

Photos by Scott Suchman.