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!