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Untangling 'Gidion's Knot'

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I am often sent press materials about upcoming productions for the Boulder/Denver area. And, often, as I peruse the materials I am not always touched. It is challenging when I haven’t yet seen the play, dance concert or performance. My main goal is to promote and do the best with the material that is given to me to help bring in as many audience members as possible. This is not to say that I am not consitently intrigued, excited to witness the work or feel something. It simply means that I am not always touched. Here is an exception. I read the press materials for square product theatre’s newest production, “Gideon’s Knot” and I was touched, deeply. As a mother of a fifth grade child, the moment I read through the premise of this play I had to wipe a tear from my eye. It seems that something pivotal happens to children around this age. They appear to be navigating very unfamiliar territory and teetering between wanting desperately to be grown up and still desperately needing guidance, hugs and stories at bedtime. There are hormones and crushes, cruelty and superficial friendships. To intensify it all, there is a hell of a lot more technology to push the boundaries even further. It is hard to understand a fifth grader. It is hard for them to understand adults. It is hard. The most you can do is feel, witness and promote as best as you can.

Award-winning square product theatre and Goddess Here Productions present the Regional Premiere of Johnna Adams’ “Gidion’s Knot,” finalist for the 2013 Steinberg New Play Award and the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The basis of the story takes place in a 5th grade classroom with a grieving mother and a distressed teacher having a charged interaction regarding the suicide of the mother’s son, the teacher’s student, Gidion. The notion of bullying, implications and the role of protector is discussed and where Gideon actually stood is up for debate. As the two women try to uncover the truth to Gideon’s story, the heart-wrenching work about the power of words and freedom of expression unfolds.

Praise for the World Premiere production of “Gidion’s Knot”:

“Gidion’s Knot is 80-minutes of the most intense live theater I have ever seen…an important theatrical event that is well worth the work it requires of its audience.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Like the solution to the Gordion Knot to which the title alludes, I wanted to simply cut the rope and solve the problem, but Gidion’s Knot demands more its audience – it asks you to become a parent, a teacher, a fifth grade student who may or may not be lying, who may or may not be a bully, who may or may not have deserved a suspension. Johnna Adams asks us to figure out the knot rather than simply cutting it at the weakest point, and I am grateful for the challenge.” – Shenandoah Press

Opening this weekend and running for the next couple of weekends, you have many chances to check out “Gideon’s Knot”. You can feel, witness and potentially be touched.

Run dates and times:
Previews: 8 p.m. Thursday, January 2, and Friday, January 3, 2014
Performances: 8 p.m., January 4; January 9-11; January 16-18; 2 p.m., January 11

Venue: The Carsen Theater at The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut St., Boulder, Colo.

Ticket prices: $20 general admission; $14 students (w/ID); $16 seniors;
$12 Previews and Thursdays (January 2, 3, 9, 16)

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance @:
or 303/444.7328


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