Gidion’s Knot at the HATTheatre, “Is both exhilarating and devastating.”
Centering around the familiar concept of parent-teacher conferences, “Gidion’s Knot,” presented by Carol Piersol and performed at the West Ends’ HATTheatre, puts a spotlight on the intertwining lives within the early-education system.
Katrinah Carol Lewis plays Corryn Fell, a professor of literature and parent of Gidion. Fell’s son had recently committed suicide after being suspended for his dark and violent writings. Laine Satterfield performs as Heather Clark, the fifth-grade teacher who suspended Gidion. The meeting is filled with heart-wrenching emotion and strong accusations. the conference raises many questions about Gidion and the mind of a young child.
“Is he a bully? A victim? A protector? Or, is his imagination too powerful a tool for the adults around him.”
Produced by Carol Piersol and directed by Keri Wormald, “Gidion’s Knot” explores many themes such as homosexuality, freedom of expression, and the strength that words posses. The audience is left not knowing who or what is right. The award-winning drama was described by the American Theatre Critics Association as a “perfect piece of theater that is both exhilarating and devastating.” Gidion’s Associate Producer Billy Christopher Maupin says that this play strongly relates to real situations.
“It’s a very raw, very honest slice of life,” said Maupin. “[It] deals with who’s responsibility it is to raise our children…and where that responsibility starts and ends”
With the help of the Thomas Dale High School Specialty Center for the Arts, the production takes the environment of a fifth grade classroom. Students from Thomas Dale worked alongside professionals in set design, lighting design and stage management during this production.
“The set is primarily composed of things from actual classrooms,” said Maupin. “It makes the audience feels as if they are part of the play”
The next performances of “Gidion’s Knot” will take place June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8pm and June 9 at 4pm at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Drive, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $25 with discounts available for groups, teachers and students and can be purchased through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/384435
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.
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