Ego Actus presented an Equity Showcase Code production of Gideon by Judith Leora, directed by Joan Kane.

The show opened July 1, 2016 at The Paradise Factory in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.


In Gideon, the existential questions of John Paul Sartre meet the absurdity of Samuel Beckett in the LA apartment of two young women. Aria and Zoe are just a couple of girls trying to get by and reach out, but there is no exit when you are waiting for the cable guy.


The cast featured Phoebe Torres, Rachel Cora Wood*, Connie Castanzo*, Mary Monahan and Amy Gaipa*.


The crew included set by G. Warren Stiles, costumes by Cat Fisher, lights by Bruce A! Kraemer, sound by Andy Evan Cohen, with stage manager Rae Rossi and house manager Sara Minisquero.


“Director Joan Kane unspools the ensuing drama with a kind of Dr. Seuss-like sense of mischief.” Lisa Huberman in the New York Theatre Review, July 9th, 2016

“Director Joan Kane infuses some big sitcom style that allows the real life moments to hit home…Kane’s vision was spot on.” Michael Block in Theater in the Now, July 9th, 2016


The show won these awards Greener Planet Award: Gideon’s Eco-Friendly Set Design, G. Warren Stiles Congeniality Award for Bruce A. Kraemer

The show was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, Amy Gaipa Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Mary Monahan Outstanding Ensemble in a Play Outstanding Scenic Design, G. Warren Stiles Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script, Judith Leora Outstanding Direction of a Play, Joan Kane Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, Ego Actus


*These actors appeared courtesy of Actors Equity Association.