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Lily Plants a Garden begins with a storyteller, Young Girl, sharing the tale of how Lily came to be with her parents. This was a tricky feat since Lily is a Zobeing and her parents are Wulumans. Tricky because, as the storyteller explains, a long time ago “…a Zobeing and a Wuluman got into an argument, which led to a fight, which started the Great Endless Unforgotten War. They became so terrified of one another that the Zobeings chose to exist by day, while the Wuluman chose the night. And their beautiful gardens vanished away forever. Centuries later the war still rages on but no one remembers why it started, nor do they remember how gardens came to be.”  

Full of imagination and optimism, Lily defies the odds and plants a garden that brings beauty and hope to the war-torn world around her.

Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s inspiring, magical allegory, Lily Plants a Garden will be directed by Elizabeth Shaffer with performances in the Sponberg Theatre on March 11, 12 at 7pm, March 13 at 2pm, and school matinees on March 15 & 16 at 10am. (Second Stage series) Recommended for ages 8+.