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Magic Time! ‘World Builders’ at Forum Theatre

To judge by social media, love and madness are a thing. Here are a few choice examples now making the rounds in the meme-osphere: “Love is merely a madness….” (William Shakespeare) “There is always some madness in love….” (Friedrich Nietzsche) “When love is not madness, it is not love.” (Pedro Calderon de la Barca) Love […]

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‘World Builders’ by Forum Theatre at Woolly Mammoth

I first saw Johnna Adams’s World Builders this summer, when it premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I was immediately struck by the ingenuity of its premise and the artistic and creative implications of its design. Seeing it again, now by Forum Theatre and performed at Woolly Mammoth’s rehearsal room, […]

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The Playwright’s Playground – The Playmakers CATF 2015: Part 3: Director Nicole A. Watson on ‘World Builders’

This Special Edition of The Playwright’s Playground begins ‘The Playmaker Series: CATF 2015.’ In a series of in depth conversations, I speak with the artistic teams associated with the plays at this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival. Playwrights, and the Directors share revealing behind the scene insights about their inspirations and the development of their […]

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‘Gidion’s Knot’ at NextStop Theatre Company

I walked into NextStop Theatre Company’s Industrial Park Theatre (where Johnna Adams’ riveting Gidion’s Knot has recently taken up residence after a critically acclaimed run at Forum Theatre) somewhat comforted. Scenic Designer R. Scott Hengen’s set was very familiar – 4 student desks allowing 4 kids to sit at each desk configuration totaling 16 seats. Around the back […]

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In the Moment: ‘Gidion’s Knot’ Moves From Forum Theatre to NextStop Theatre Company: Interviews with Artistic Directors Michael Dove and Evan Hoffman and Director Cristina Alicea

I have been intrigued by the partnerships and reaching-out that the one-year old NextStop Theatre company has been developing. The company, performing in Herndon, Virginia and drawing audiences from the Dulles Corridor, has partnered with Forum Theatre, in Silver Spring, Maryland in a co-production of Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams. Gidion’s Knot had a recent run at […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: ‘Gidion’s Knot’ Playwright Johnna Adams Speaks About Her Process, Discipline, Inspiration, and Playwriting Paranoia

Johnna Adams. The playwriting voice of Johnna Adams is bold and unique and the genre and styles of her plays are an eclectic mix. In 2013, Johnna received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation for her play Gidion’s Knot, a play that The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered in Shepherdstown, WV in 2012. More than 16 regional productions are […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Playwright Johnna Adams Discusses Giving Herself Permission to Write and Reveals ‘Gidion’s Knot’ Challenges and the Gordian Knot Analogy

Johnna Adams.The playwriting voice of Johnna Adams is bold and unique and the genre and styles of her plays are an eclectic mix.  In 2013, Johnna received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation for her play Gidion’s Knot, a play that The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered in Shepherdstown, WV in 2012. More than 16 […]

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‘Gidion’s Knot’ at Forum Theatre

At the core of this inexorable and engrossing drama by Johnna Adams is a disturbing enigma: A fifth-grade boy named Gidion, suspended from school under suspicious circumstances, has shot himself in the head. Why? His imposing mother (played powerfully by Caroline Stefanie Clay) has come to her dead son’s classroom to meet with his mousy teacher (played […]

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