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Continued: Playwright Johnna Adams makes Minn. debut with 'Gidion's Knot'

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 24, 2014 - 12:16 PM

“In theater, the playwright is the raft that everyone else’s dreams float on,” she said.

Adams writes many different types of plays about subjects that she finds interesting but may not be as topical as “Knot.” Her “Angel Eaters” trilogy includes a drama about an Oklahoma preacher who is kidnapped by a snake wrangler. Her “Cockfighters” trilogy is set in the West Texas milieu of her youth.

“I enjoy exploring completely different genres — horror movie, murder mystery, comedy, everything,” she said. “I’ve always thought that voice isn’t married to a genre.”

She is fine with not being easily pigeonholed, even if that means that “Knot” may be her odd success.

“The plays I’m writing now are not as topical” as “Gidion,” she said. “They’re gonna be the ugly stepsisters that watch their sister go to the ball repeatedly but don’t get the same attention. Maybe one of them will surprise. We’ll see.”


Rohan Preston • 612-673-4390

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    Who: Written by Johnna Adams. Directed by Noel Raymond.

    When: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends March 23.

    Where: Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Av. S., Mpls.

    Tickets: Pay-what-you-can. 612-825-0459 or

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