Director Spotlight: Tabitha Judy

Thank goodness Tabitha Judy has a sense of humor! We’re thrilled she’s taken a “stab” at directing at Parkway Playhouse this season.  

AirBrush_20180609174616PP:  As a director do you have to push these actors, or is it more like reining them in… What’s it been like working with Strother, Dwight, and Graham?

Tabitha:  Reining in, definitely. And it’s like herding cats, and don’t mistake me I love cats and they are so fun… But these three could go down a comedy wormhole at any moment.

PP:  This is the first show you’ve directed here, isn’t it? How has that experience been?

Tabitha:  Yes! And it’s been fabulous. I’m used to having to organize and produce everything in my program at school, so just asking and receiving has been like heaven!

PP:  What made you interested in directing this show?

Tabitha:  I reread the script and saw guys I knew having a blast doing it!

PP:  What are some of the other shows you’ve been involved with recently and how does this compare with them?

Tabitha:  I usually direct students [at Pisgah High School] (who can also be like cats, but in a less productive manner). My most recent acting gigs were in some dark places. One as a mother who traumatizes her daughters because she was damaged as a young woman and the other as a mother who has no choices in her life and can only do her best to protect her children. This show is a very welcome change of pace.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about the show?

Tabitha:  Hopefully, lots. There is something in there to make everyone laugh, so I think it might be different depending on the person and their familiarity with Shakespeare. Plus there are so many subtle things the boys are doing all the time. I still catch new things every night.

PP:  Do you have a favorite scene in the show?

Tabitha:  Ophelia’s deaths is definitely one of them. But there are many others

PP:  Hey!  That’s you at the actual Globe Theatre!  Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? or line? or soliloquy?

Tabitha:  I’ve taught too much Shakespeare to have a single favorite anymore. It depends on my mood as to what speaks to me.

PP:  Favorite rehearsal moment?

Tabitha:  It was all so much fun! These guys are too funny!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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