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Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams

19 December 2013

Best Lead Actress – Emily Erington – Austin Critics Table Award

“CAPTIVATING…Keeps us on the edges of our seats”   

-Austin American-Statesman

Capital T presents

Gidion’s Knot

by Johnna Adams

Directed by Lily Wolff

January 24-February 8

Salvage Vanguard Theatre  2803 Manor Rd

In a typical 5th grade classroom two women meet for a parent teacher conference. The encounter is anything but typical as the mother and teacher circle each other with scalding mistrust.  We soon realize a deeply tortured web of events has entangled and bound them together in tendrils of fear, rage, and tragedy. As the play hurtles towards its breaking point, both parent and teacher struggle to break free from the coils holding them together.

Capital T Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Johnna Adams’ thought provoking and suspenseful GIDION’S KNOT.  The play is directed by Lily Wolff and features award-winning Austin favorites Rebecca Robinson and Emily Erington.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

– Austin American Statesman

“Top-notch acting”
– Austin Chronicle

“Forceful, virtuoso acting, grim and memorable”

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“Definitely one of the best and most powerful dramas to come along in quite some time”
– Austin Broadway World

“the emotional equivalent of a claustrophobic cage match with no holds barred. “

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“Wolff’s direction keeps us on the edge of our seats” – Austin-American Statesman

“Both Emily Erington and Rebecca Robinson turn out top-notch performances”

– Austin Chronicle

“You’re far more likely to remember Erington and Robinson than anything else. Both turn in unbelievable performances. As Heather, Robinson gives an honest portrayal of a nervous, mournful, and guilt ridden teacher. But Erington’s gives a more domineering performance. She’s quiet, cold, intense, dangerous, and wonderfully unpredictable. She leads the conversation throughout the evening, sometimes to the point where it feels like Heather is on trial.”

– Austin Broadway World


Heather – Rebecca Robinson

Corryn – Emily Erington

About the Playwright

Johnna Adams – Playwright

Johnna received an Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation in April 2013 for her play Gidion’s Knot. She is the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a 2012 Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Gidion’s Knot was published in the December 2012 edition of American Theatre Magazine. Flux Theatre Ensemble (New York) produced her play Sans Merci in spring of 2013 in New York. The script was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for best play. Her play Skinless was developed at the 2012 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center and read at Rattlestick (New York) in winter of 2012. Her play Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens was produced by Impetuous Theatre in autumn of 2013. Johnna’s plays “Angel Eaters,” “Rattlers”, “8 Little Antichrists,” “Sans Merci,” “Cockfighters” and “The Sacred Geometry of S&M Porn” are published by Original Works Publishing ( and a forthcoming edition of Gidion’s Knot will be published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Johnna graduated from the DePaul University Theatre School with a BFA in Acting and received a 2012 MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College with Tina Howe.