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Auditions for Gidion’s Knot

17 October 2013

Announcing Auditions for Cap T’s…

Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams

When:  Sunday, Oct 27th  at Hyde Park Theatre.  Timeslots available between 1pm-4pm

Audition Format: Cold Readings from the Script

Please bring:  headshot (or current pic), resume, and personal calendar to note specific rehearsal availability. To sign up for an audition slot, please go to:

About GIDION’S KNOT: Over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, the teacher’s student, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely — or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Auditioning for the Following Paid Roles:

Heather Clark (paid non-Equity role; female; age 35-50; any ethnicity) – A 5th grade public school teacher in Lake Forest, Chicago. Formerly in advertising – things didn’t go so well – she holds a BA in Marketing and an MBA. Two years previously she went back to school to get a Master’s in education. Heather believes that children are “fragile.” She lives with her cat; there’s a photo of him on her desk. He has diabetes. At the start of the play the cat is at the vet. Heather is waiting for a call to find out if he has to be immediately put down. She doesn’t have anyone to go with her and has been told by the vet that she doesn’t have to be there when they do it. On Friday, she suspended Gidion, a boy in her class, after seeing a story that he wrote and was circulating amongst his peers. His story makes specific reference to her. A conference with Gidion’s mother was scheduled for Monday. Gidion killed himself that Friday evening. She has been told by the school’s legal team not to speak to Gidion’s mother and does not expect her to show up for the meeting. Today is Monday and Gideon’s mother has suddenly arrived.

Corryn Fell (paid non-Equity role; female; 35-50; any ethnicity) – Gidion’s mother, not “the mother he needed…just the one he got.” A graduate professor of medieval and earlier forms of poetry at Northwestern, she read her son stories about the Great Poet’s War when he was a little child. He wanted to be a writer, a poet. Gidion’s father is dead. There is no sense of a family unit besides Corryn and Gidion. She seems to have experienced a lot of death, but has survived it. She says that she believes in Shiva and thinks that children “are stronger than any of us.” She blames Heather for her son’s death and thinks that Heather didn’t like Gideon because she wasn’t able to fit him into one of her boxes. She has not yet made arrangements for Gidion’s funeral and arrives to discuss with Heather the reason for Gidion’s suspension.

REHEARSALS  for the show will start late November – primarily weeknight rehearsals with some weekend afternoon rehearsals possible (holiday travel plans can be negotiated for the final rehearsal schedule).

PERFORMANCES The show will run as part of the Long Fringe of Frontera Fest at Salvage Vanguard Theatre on assigned dates between January 20 through February 2; the run will continue 1 week after the festival closes ending on Feb 8th.

*** Please contact the Production Manager, Carrie Klypchak, with any questions at