The shaky state of America’s education system gets a less-than-passing grade in a new drama, now playing at the Sonoma Community Center,
“Gidion’s Knot,” by playwright Johnna Adams, was named by the American Theatre Critics Association as one of the top three new plays of 2012. Charged with urgent, ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy, the twisty two-actress drama – about a parent-teacher conference gone terribly wrong – went on to become the 11th most-produced play of 2014. Now, in the first collaboration between Sonoma Arts Live and Napa’s award-winning Lucky Penny Productions, the comedy-drama has come to Andrews Hall, where it opened last night in the first of four performances.
The show arrives in town following a similarly swift run at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, where co-founder and artistic director Taylor Bartolucci took a break from the high-spirited musicals she’s been appearing in, taking her first full-on, non-singing dramatic role in over two years.
“Doing this show has been a breath of fresh air,” says actress-producer Taylor Bartolucci, of Lucky Penny Productions, laughing as she adds, “even though this is such an intense dramatic part. ‘Gidion’s Knot’ is such a superb piece of writing, and it’s been so refreshing to take it on, and to step into the shoes and skin of such a demanding character.”
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