Gloria Bond Clunie for The Poppy
Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and educator. She is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays NORTH STAR, LIVING GREEN and SHOES premiered and the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood- Jourdain Theatre. Other works by this Northwestern University graduate (B.A. Theater, MFA- Directing) include SWEET WATER TASTE, SMOKE, BLU, QUARK, BUCK NAKED, BANKRUPTCY, MY WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY SUIT, THE LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET and A SHOT#LOVESTORIES INSPIRED BY BLACK LIVES MATTER. Theaters presenting her work include The Goodman, Horizon Theatre Company, Triad Stage, American Blues Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theater, Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Dallas Children’s Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare. This Dramatist Guild Fellow has numerous awards including a Chicago Jeff, Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Prizes, NEA and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, a Children’s Theatre Foundation of America Medallion, a YWCA YWomen Leadership Award and the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts. Currently, she is working on a musical adaptation of GIRAFFE’S CAN’T DANCE co- commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre/ The Rose Theater in Omaha, and inspired by her love of rollercoasters, developing TALL ENOUGH for the 2019/20 Cunningham Commission at The Theatre School of DePaul University.
About The Poppy
On the 100th Anniversary of World War I, a desperate race to the Tower of London forces a medieval mother, a World War I soldier, a World War II veteran, and an artist who crafts memorial poppies to wrestle with war, sacrifice, love and beauty in the modern world.