About the Book
From the novel by Martha Blum
The Walnut Tree tells the story of the intense journey of SŸssel, a young, privileged Jewish woman who grows up in Chernowitz, studies in Prague and Paris, endures the horrors of World War II in Eastern Europe, and ultimately escapes to the peace and promise of a new life in Saskatoon. The character of the older SŸssel looks back at her life, accompanied by her alter ego, a Musician, who performs on a grand piano. This powerful, disturbing, and transcendent drama sets the devastating power of historical events against the personal forces of reconciliation. The Walnut Tree deals with vital social, political, and ethical issues, and finally–and most importantly–with enduring love.
News & Reviews
“As dark as it could have been, this is a play about hope and love, not recrimination. You’re left impressed by the resilience of the human spirit, not discouraged about its capacity for evil. You’ll find The Walnut Tree on the high road.” —Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
About the Author
Geoffrey Ursell is an award-winning writer of drama for stage, television, and radio, as well as of fiction, poetry, and songs. His stage plays have won three national playwriting awards, and his novel Perdue won the Books in Canada First Novel Award. His musical comedy, Saskatoon Pie!, has been produced twice and toured provincially by Persephone Theatre. Other plays include Winning the Prairie Gamble (a collaboration with Barbara Sapergia) for Persephone’s SaskTel Youth Tour Centennial Year, and Gold on Ice (a musical celebration of the Sandra Schmirler curling team) at Dancing Sky Theatre. His dramatization of Martha BlumÕs novel The Walnut Tree opened PersephoneÕs 2009/2010 season, and his thriller Dead Midnight opened the theatreÕs 2011/2012 season. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2009 for his work in the arts.