Gidions Knot

Photo: Katy Carkuff and Caroline Stefanie Clay, right, in Gidion’s Knot. (Melissa Blackall Photography)


Gidion’s Knot

By Johnna Adams

Directed by Cristina Alicea

A Co-Production with Forum Theatre Company

Over the course of an unexpected parent/teacher conference in a 5th grade classroom, a mother and her son’s teacher battle over the circumstances that led to Gidion’s tragic death. As the story unravels, the “truth” becomes increasingly complex and alarming.

Was he a bully? A victim? A protector? Or, was his imagination too powerful for the adults around him?

This play contains strong language and mature situations. Parental discretion is advised.

GIDION’S KNOT is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Performance Location:

NextStop’s Industrial Strength Theatre:

269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, Virginia, 20170

About 5 minutes from Washington DC’s Dulles Airport.


“Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams, a Co-Production between NextStop Theatre Company and Forum Theatre, opens on August 28th in Herndon VA after an engagement at Forum Theatre in Silver Spring MD July 19-August 3, 2014.

Previews: 8/28, 8/29; Opening: 8/30

Tickets: $28+



“You’ve heard of must-see TV? Well, this is must-see theater. I recommend you see Gidion’s Knot. You might be the better for it.

Tim Treanor, DC THEATRE SCENE, on this NextStop/Forum Co-Production

Caroline Stefanie Clay

Katy Carkuff


 Johnna Adams (Playwright) 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. The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered Gidion’s Knot in Shepherdtown, WV, in summer of 2012 and twelve regional productions are planned around the country for the 2013-14 season, including productions at InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Profiles (Chicago), Kitchen Dog (Dallas), Stages (Houston) and Furious Theatre Company (Los Angeles).

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 Serivce, 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.

 Cristina Alicea (Director) serves as the Producing Artistic Director of Vermont Stage Company. She spent a year working as the Assistant to the Managing Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and has worked as a freelance director with The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The American Globe Theatre, the FringeNYC Festival, Theatre Rhinoceros, and The Culture Project. Cristina is also the co-founder of MTWorks, a New York City based theatre company where she directed 5 world premieres and was the creator of their flagship program The National NewBorn Festival. Cristina was a finalist for a Denham fellowship given by the Society of Directors and Choreographers for emerging female directors and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.