By Amy Chong
First-time Canadian director Michael Oved Dayan shows us the strength of the human spirit and its ability to undertake anything in his U.S. premiere of Glimpses of Heaven. Using courage and creativity, three men emerge from traumatic childhood struggles to artistic success. After his mother sacrificed herself to a Nazi gun for both of them, Peter Gary narrowly escaped his own death on Christmas Eve of 1941. A Holocaust survivor, Gary moved through his past to become a prominent Canadian artist.
Wayne Ngan fled China when the Japanese invaded as a 13-year-old boy. Arriving in Canada, he was put into the care of his alcoholic grandparents. With no knowledge of English and limited finances, Ngan worked past these limits to become the talented potter that he is today.
Believing that the Inuits could not care for their own, the Canadian government sent George Littlechild to live with white foster families. Intended for his benefit, the situation backfired as he endured both physical and mental abuse. Littlechild pursued his childhood interest in art to paint successfully as an adult.
Glimpses of Heaven plays Saturday, January 27 at 1:30 PM at the Majorie Luke Theater and Wednesday, January 31 at 1:00 PM at Center Stage Theater.