Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spotlight On...Glory Kadigan

Name: Glory Kadigan

Hometown: Denville, New Jersey

Education: Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Labyrinth Theater Company Master Class, La Mama directing and playwriting Symposiums, Claremont Colleges.

Favorite Credits: Founder of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; World Premieres of Regina Taylor’s Biting the Bullet and John Patrick Shanley’s Doublecross at the Playwrights for a Cause benefit at the Atlantic Theater, St. Anne’s Soup (Israel Horovitz, World Premiere), Breaking Phi l lip Glass (Israel Horovitz, World Premiere), Her Speech (Erik Ehn, World Premiere), Over the River and Through the Woods (Neil LaBute, World Premiere), Two Minute Warning (Neil LaBute, World Premiere).

Why theater?: I love the collaborative process and watching the audience interact with live art.

Tell us about Clover: This is experimental writer Erik Ehn’s latest play about the violent and universal cycle of life following the tragedy of Emmett Till and his mother that helped spur the Civil Rights Movement as well as three other stories, illustrating America’s history of violence towards those most vulnerable.

What inspired you to direct Clover?: I was interested in the social issues discussed in the piece, but also in the style of the play which incorporates movement and music in a unique fusion of poetic storytelling.  It's almost like directing in a foreign language and translating the language to the cast. It's challenging and fun.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Theater that inspires me to see the world from a new perspective. The world around me, literature, music, and people.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Stephen Adly Guirgis

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Vietgone, Hamilton

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: The original production of Shakespeare's The Tempest

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Tiramisu

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: Traveling