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Sonya McCarter is Corryn Fell in ‘Gidion’s Knot’


Building on its reputation for bringing timely dramas to the stage, Theatre Conspiracy is producing Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot this month. The action takes place against the backdrop of a 5th grade classroom, where a melancholy teacher by the name of Heather Clark contemplates the end of her day when she’s confronted by the mother of one of her students, a boy she had to suspend. Clearly unhappy, Corryn Fell is on a mission to fix blame and has Heather Clark in the crosshairs of her sight. A literature professor at Northwestern, Corryn has the verbal skills for the task at hand and unleashes a torrent of sarcasm and acerbic wit on Clark, who employs her own brand of passive-aggressive courtesy and politeness to deflect the woman and the explanations she’s demanding.

Sonya McCarter plays the role of Corryn Fell. Theatre Conspiracy audiences may recall McCarter from Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, which was performed at FSW’s Black Box Theatre. But of late, local audiences are more familiar with Sonya as a director. She was at the helm for both of the August Wilson plays that Theatre Conspiracy has produced, namely Seven Guitars and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In addition to directing and several other local roles, Sonya includes among her acting credits appearances in two episodes of the television show Burn Notice. McCarter studied theater and the language of Shakespeare at Pensacola Christian College 1990-1995.

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