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Profiles Theatre celebrating 25 Years

Play poster for Midwest Premiere of Gidion's Knot
Play poster for Midwest Premiere of Gidion's Knot
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Profiles Theatre continues their 25th Anniversary season with the Midwest premiere of Gidion’s Knot. Written by Johnna Adams this play received its World premiere in July 2012 at The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in West Virginia. At the 2013 Humana Festival, Gidion’s Knot received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for best script premiering outside New York. Johnna Adams won the 2011 Princess Grace Award and was a 2012 Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Adams’ plays have been read or produced by The Alliance Theatre Lab, The New Group, Impetuous Theater, Rude Guerilla Theater Company, the Hunger Artists Theatre Ensemble and the Chicago Dramatists Workshop among many others.

Gidion’s Knot is directed by Profiles Co-Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, the cast of Gidion’s Knot features Guest Artists Amy J. Carle (North China Lover and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Lookingglass Theatre) and Laura Hooper (The Revenants at WildClaw Theatre). Over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher engage in a fraught conversation about the recent suspension and tragedy involving Gidion. The boy may have been bullied severely -- or he may have done the abusing. The enthralling discussion develops into a dramatically charged collision of freedom of expression, the failure of our school system and personal responsibility.

"Chicago is where I received my undergraduate degree in Acting from DePaul's Theater School, and I am so excited to have my first Chicago production with Profiles,” says playwright Johnna Adams. “This is an amazing, daring and loving company. Their belief in the play has been so inspiring to me. I consider this a sort of homecoming production. The play is set on the outskirts of Chicago to honor my artistic roots in the city and how perfect for the city to get to see the play! Chicago was a rich place of nurture for me when I lived there and I hope the play let's the community feel some of my love for it in return."

Gidion’s Knot Performances are at Profiles Theatre's The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway, January 22 – March 9, 2014.

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The Sheridan Red Line stop at Irving Park Rd & Sheridan is two blocks from the theatre.
Profiles Theatre is a handicap accessible venue.(773) 549-1815

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