Theatre to open season by performing “Gidion’s Knot”

Image courtesy of the Marietta College Theatre Department.

Image courtesy of the Marietta College Theatre Department.

McKenzie Fleeman

On Sept. 23rd, the Marietta College Theatre Department will begin “Gidion’s Knot”, a story that focuses on violence in schools, new-age parenting, and the struggles of protecting students within public schools.

“’Gidion’s Knot’ revolves around a parent-teacher conference after the suspension of an eleven-year-old writing prodigy that begins with a mother just trying to find out what happened with her son and why he was suspended,” Tara Clinton, director of the play, said.

Clinton is particularity excited about the topics that will be featured in the show. The Theatre Department is always trying to display topics that are relevant in today’s society and “Gidion’s Knot” is no exception. The issues highlighted in the play may not be popular conversation topics at Marietta College, but definitely need to be discussed.

“Fortunately, there will be a chance to discuss, at least, media and its effects in schools during a panel after our matinee performance on Sept. 25th during Marietta College’s Family Weekend,” Clinton said.

Kat Watkins, a senior double major in studio art and theater is playing a lead role in the production. She started theater her sophomore year and recalls that she has learned and experienced more in just a few years than she could have imagined.

“Theater has been the best thing to ever happen to me,” Watkins said.

With regards to the “Gidion’s Knot”, Watkins couldn’t be more excited.

“I am excited not only to open a new show, but also perform in a production with a cast and crew I adore, on a topic we all feel quite passionate about,” she said.

The road to “Gidion’s Knot” was not an easy one. The cast and crew encountered quite a few challenges while bringing the play to life.

“As with any theatre production at Marietta College, it took the entire department and some late nights to get this show onto its feet,” Clinton said.

Other than minor technical issues, the script was the biggest challenge. Deciding how to portray sensitive topics in society was not an easy task, but Clinton recalls that it came together nicely.

Clinton says students should attend the show because it is an interesting start to the discussion of literature’s place in the classroom. Unique and raw dialogue can shine light on relevant social issues, even today.

“It is wonderful to see students support the fine arts at Marietta College,” Clinton said.

“Gidion’s Knot” will be performed at the following times: 8 p.m. Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2

Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff, and can be obtained through this link:

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