WE ARE THRILLED by the recent notice and attention that Johnna Adams’s GIDION’S KNOT has been receiving. We continue to hear feedback from patrons and folks from the industry about the play, along with the heart-wrenching and masterful performances by actors Joey Parsons and Robin Walsh. A week does not go by when we don’t get some new nugget.
To summarize, here’s some of the buzz.
**Two weeks ago, we received word from the American Theatre Critics Association that GIDION’S KNOT is under consideration for the prestigious ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, which is given out annual to the best play produced during the year. Six finalists to be chosen in January–winner announced at the Humana Festival in April. (You may recall that in 2010, CATF had TWO plays under consideration–for only the second time in the prize’s 30+ year history–as LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and BREADCRUMBS by Jennifer Haley were considered. We still attest that they split the vote!)
**On December 12, Washingtonian magazine listed GIDION’S KNOT as its #3 best play of the year. It was book-ended by two shows from our friends at Arena Stage. Here’s a link to the story by Sophie Gilbert.
**Just last week, theater critic John Glass named GIDION’S KNOT as one of his “best theater experiences” of 2012 (and gave special notice to Robin and Joey for their performances under his “Dynamic Duos” category). The play was his only 5 out 5 rating he gave all year. Check out his full list here.
**And last but most certainly not least…GIDION’S KNOT has been published, in full, in the December issue of AMERICAN THEATRE magazine–the preeminent journal for, well, the American theater. This is a huge coup for Johnna and happened because representatives from Theatre Communications Group (TCG–which publishes the magazine) saw the show this summer in Shepherdstown. And if you are not a subscriber to the magazine, we highly recommend it (even before the published GIDION). Plus, the issue contained photos from the CATF production. An incredible honor for which we are incredibly proud. See more online here (copies available in newstands somewhat everywhere).
We know that many of our colleagues across the country are aware of the play and giving it serious consideration for future productions. As we learn more, we’ll be sure to share the news!