Gideon Productions has been turning various genres on their respective ears since 2000. Every type of story brings with it certain expectations, and Gideon enjoys both honoring and upending those conventions--providing our audiences with a familiar way in and then taking them somewhere they did not expect to go.
Our first production, Mac Rogers' Dirty Juanita (2000) explored an unconventional domestic violence relationship between two straight male friends. Gideon's next outing was an original children's musical: The Electric Cat (2001). In October of 2001, Gideon canceled a production whose subject matter had become inappropriate after the events of September 11th and instead mounted a month-long festival called INDIVISIBLE, involving several other companies, to raise money for the Salvation Army's relief efforts.
Gideon returned with the film-noir spoof The Lucretia Jones Mysteries (2003), which ran at The Gershwin Hotel, Manhattantheatresource and the Bristol Valley Theater. Lucretia Jones paid homage to private eye films like The Maltese Falcon and screwball comedies like His Girl Friday while simultaneously using the tools of these genres to explore current themes of vigilante violence and the workaholic American culture.
FLEET WEEK: The Musical (Williams/Rogers/Williams, 2005), is a tribute to the patriotic musicals of the '40s like On The Town and Anchors Aweigh. FLEET WEEK explored issues of gay marriage and terrorism through the prism of innocence and madcap misadventure that defined those wonderful old musicals. FLEET WEEK sold out its FringeNYC run at the legendary Lucille Lortel Theater, was dubbed "the feel-good hit of the festival" by the New York Sun, and went on to win FringeNYC's award for Outstanding Musical.
Gideon again switched gears to the dark horror comedy Hail Satan, an exploration of religious fundamentalism in the tradition of seventies thrillers like The Omen and Rosemary's Baby.
With AIR GUITAR, Gideon takes that most rebellious of genres, the rock musical, and uses it as a vessel for telling a story about growing up and getting your life together. The art of Air Guitar embodies the joy of performance that is one of the central tenets of everything Gideon does. Here's to rocking out like a grown-up!