The curtains of square product theatre’s new production, Gidion’s Knot, open on a tragic parent-teacher conference: A mourning mother is visiting her son’s fifth-grade teacher to discover why the boy committed suicide over the weekend. The somber, two-woman play is full of secrets that need to be uncovered, and it delves into philosophies of childhood education. But director Wendy Franz says the show isn’t preachy. “It takes some incredibly difficult issues — bullying and censorship and art — and looks at them really honestly, sometimes brutally so,” she says. “It’s amazing how much it deals with in seventy minutes — not in a soapbox way, but I think in a way that people will relate to and, I hope, sit on those issues and think about them and talk about them.”
The play, by Johnna Adams, is making its regional premiere and is being presented in part by Goddess Here Productions. Starring Emily K. Harrison and Tammy L. Meneghini, it opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, and continues through January 18, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on January 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets, $12 to $20, are available at thedairy.org. For more information, visit squareproducttheatre.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 11, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 2. Continues through Jan. 18, 2014