Gidion’s Knot



Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely-or he may have been the abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Performing June 2nd-July 2nd 2017 at The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago!

Directed by Eclectic Company Member Katherine Siegel


The Cast

Michelle AnnetteMichelle Annette* (Heather) selected Chicago credits include:  The Shape of Things (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), Moon Over Buffalo; Death Defying Acts (Saint Sebastian Players) Unshelved (Eclectic), Six Degrees of Separation (Eclectic) The Women (Circle Theatre), The Boys Next Door (Metropolis Performing Arts), The Boarding House (Citadel Theatre), Nunsense (Saint Sebastian Players), A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester (Jedlicka Performing Arts), Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Village Players Oak Park), Company (Village Theatre Guild), as well as other performances around the Chicago area. She would like to thank the cast, crew, her family, and as always – her mother for her love and support.

Julie Partyka* (Corryn) returns to Eclectic Full Contact Theatre in Gidion’s Knot. Other selected credits include: On Golden Pond and Later Lives (Oil Lamp Theatre), Half and Half (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), All My Sons and Six Degrees of Separation (Eclectic), Streetcar Named Desire (Village Players). Julie has worked with other Chicagoland theatres which include Polarity Ensemble, Timeline Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and Trap Door Theatre. She would like to thank Michelle, Katie and Brontë and the rest of the crew. Special thanks go to my sister, Michelle and always to Peter.


Creative Team

Johnna Adams (Playwright) has been accepted into Hunter College’s MFA Playwriting Program. She will begin the two year program in the Fall, studying with Playwright in Residence Tina Howe. Johnna Adams received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation in 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 Theater Festival premiered Gidion’s Knot in 2012 and twelve regional productions were planned around the country in the following 2013-14 season.

Katherine Siegel* (Director) is a Chicago based director, writer, and performer. A graduate of the University of Miami, she is a company member at Eclectic Full Contact Theater and Glitterati Productions. Katherine’s credits include productions for Lost Girls Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, American Demigods, MCL Chicago, Glitterati Productions, and Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Past shows include The History Boys, Juliet Among the Changelings, The Shape of Things, A Christmas Carol, An Evening of Comedy Without James Franco, Quest for the Perfect Woman, Heavenly Evening, and Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Burlesque. Katherine is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and a regular contributor to Paste magazine where she covers Legion and Supergirl. To learn more visit 

Justin Atkinson* (Production Manager) is proud to be a member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company! After his first production with Eclectic in 2014, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Justin has been thrilled to be the company’s resident production manager. Since then, Justin has been the production manager for Eclectic’s Take Me Out, Spinning into Butter, The Seagull, Dog Sees God and History Boys in which he also acted. Additionally, Justin is proud to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of Eclectic’s Co-Treasurer this year as well.

Brontë DeShong (Stage Manager) is very excited for her debut as an SM for Eclectic Full Contact Theatre! Past credits include: (At Metropolis Performing Arts) ASM for Pinocchio!, A Christmas Carol, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  She was also a production intern at Peninsula Players Theatre in 2015, where she was an ASM for Outside Mullingar. Thank you so much to Katie Siegel for making this amazing opportunity happen!

Josh Leeper (Scenic Designer) is the current production manager of
H O U S E P R O V and is excited to bring his production hat to Eclectic Full Contact Theatre to help make such a powerful show come to life. Previously making an appearance on the cast list of The Shape of Things, this will be his second production with Eclectic. He’s grateful for the opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show!

Rachel Lake (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be working with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre! She is a graduate of West Virginia University and an alumnus of Peninsula Players Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin. Other Design works include: Lady X: The Musical (Hell in a Handbag); Deep in the Heart of Tuna (New American Folk Theater); The Ben Hecht Show (Grippo Stage Company); The People’s Passion Play (Quest Theatre Ensemble); Botanic Garden (Canamac Productions); Oliver! (Citadel Theatre); and Arsenic and Old Lace (WVU School of Theatre and Dance).

Catherine Tantillo* (Costume Designer) Catherine is thrilled to be working with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company again where other designs include The History Boys, A Christmas Carol (co-production with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), Make Me a Song, The Shape of Things, The Seagull, Moon Over Buffalo, Spinning Into Butter, Take Me Out, Laughter on the 23rd Floor & All My Sons.  Other area theaters she has worked with include Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (Resident Designer), Dog & Pony Theatre Company (Company Member), The New Colony, the side project theatre, and more.  She is currently the staff costume design assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. You can see her designs for Hair now performing at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Jessica Fisher* (Props Designer / Casting)  is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Performances with Eclectic include Mrs. Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol, Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn and Sarah Daniels in Spinning into Butter. She has performed throughout Chicagoland in theatre, musicals, and opera. Other productions include Die Fledermaus (Adele), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), and Murder in Green Meadows (Joan). Jessica teaches music at Saint Thecla School and leads children at The Academy of Citadel Theatre and The Metropolis Performing Arts Center. She is grateful to her friends and family especially Andrew. LVYA Mom

Andrew Pond* (Fight Choreographer) is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, and has appeared in many of their productions. Along with his onstage work at several Chicagoland theatres, he is a playwright, director, and teaches improv, drama, and stage combat to students of all ages. Thanks to Jessica, his partner in all things.

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*Denotes Eclectic Company Member