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Island Theatre to present ‘Gideon’s Knot’

Karla Saeger Cole (right) as Corryn Fell, confronts her son’s  fifth-grade teacher, played by Michelle Allen, in the Island Theatre production of “Gideon’s Knot.”   - Steve Stolee photo
Karla Saeger Cole (right) as Corryn Fell, confronts her son’s fifth-grade teacher, played by Michelle Allen, in the Island Theatre production of “Gideon’s Knot.”
— image credit: Steve Stolee photo

Island Theatre’s gripping production of the one-act drama “Gideon’s Knot,” by playwright Johnna Adams, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 at the Bainbridge Public Library.

Directed by Steve Stolee, the drama features blunt talk about classroom bullying, youth suicide, fantasized violence, artistic freedom, and pre-teen sexuality.

The plot:  Corryn Fell has scheduled a parent-teacher meeting to follow up on her fifth-grade son’s suspension from school. The teacher, Heather Clark, took it off her schedule because it seemed irrelevant in light of subsequent events. It is also a meeting that Heather doesn’t want to have and doesn’t feel in any way prepared for, and although she tries to avoid the confrontation, there is no putting off Corryn. What follows is a parent-teacher conference like no other.

Grievances will be aired, and rage will be vented.

Along the way, the audience will be forced to consider the responsibility of both schools and the larger community in dealing with students who don’t fit in.

The play features performances by Michelle Allen and Karla Saeger Cole.

Due to graphic language and some disturbing topics, it is recommended for adults and mature teens.

Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted.

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