Meet the Director: Kimberly Faith Hickman directs The Twentieth-Century Way

We are very excited to welcome a new guest director to Cincinnati forThe Twentieth-Century Way! Kimberly comes to us from New York City where she has worked with both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including being the assistant director for The Assembled Parties, The Scottsboro Boys, and Clybourne Park!

Could you please tell us a little about your background?  I’m originally from Phenix City, AL – which was also known as “Sin City, USA” in the 40’s and 50’s due to it being a haven for gambling, organized crime and prostitution.

What’s you biggest challenge as a director on any given day?  Today – it’s answering the question below about 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck.  But generally, as a director I feel that the most important part of my job is to tell the story of a play by following the playwright’s intent.  In doing that, I collaborate with actors, designers, producers, stage managers, technicians, etc. and drive the group towards a very specific goal and purpose – which is putting the playwright’s intention onstage.

What has been your most rewarding experience in theatre (besides directing Twentieth-Century Way at Know Theatre of course)?  I have been incredibly lucky and have had many rewarding experiences.  It’s impossible to pick one.  But several of my favorite moments have been sitting in a rehearsal room or production meeting and listening to some of my favorite playwrights talk about their play:  Bruce Norris, Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies.   I really love writers, so for me, those moments were golden.

Can you describe Twentieth-Century Way in one sentence?  The Twentieth-Century Way is one of the most surprising plays I have ever directed – with its muscular theatricality and unpredictable plot twists, the play will take audiences on a ride that they have never experienced before in live theatre.

If you could give one piece advice to a large group of people, what would it be?  As cliche as it may sound – life really is way too short.  Surround yourself with people whom you enjoy being with.

What is your most bizarre skill?  I don’t think I have any bizarre skills, but most people are surprised when they learn that… 1) I play the drums and 2) I have a deep affinity for rap and hip hop music

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck? Why?  Definitely 1 horse sized duck.  I could never fight little horses.  They would be way too cute.    

Now is your chance, give us a pitch: in your words, why should people come see Twentieth-Century Way?  The Twentieth Century Way is one of the most fast paced, daring, highly theatrical, funny and evocative explorations of history that I have ever read.  As an audience member, I guarantee that it is unlike anything you have ever seen – and who wants to miss out on that?!   Buy your tickets soon!  Really – stop reading and buy your tickets now!