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 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.
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
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
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.