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June 6 - 24, 2018
Opening Night on Friday, June 8, 2018

By Yasmina Reza  |  Translated by Christopher Hampton  |  Directed by Cliff Fannin Baker 
 
"Courtesy is a waste of time, it weakens you and undermines you." 
 
A simple playground scuffle between their young sons thrusts two sets of affluent parents into an uproarious maelstrom of epic proportions. As they meet to provide a positive example of conflict resolution, what begins as a civil conversation over cocktails and canapés soon devolves into a juvenile war of words and unexpected ferocity.  
 
Primal in its intensity, God of Carnage is a contemporary comedy of manners – minus the manners. From the fertile imagination of playwright Yasmina Reza (Art) comes this hilarious and terrifying descent into the heart of darkness – a searingly dark comedy for uncertain times.  
 
Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Play, Variety calls God of Carnage "elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile."  

“A laugh out loud comedy of adults behaving badly," said Miller-Stephany. "Perhaps civilization is truly only skin deep.”  

  • SYNPOSIS: God of Carnage is about two sets of affluent parents, one of whose son has hit the other at a playground, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.
  • LANGUAGE: Contains adult language. Specific words include: “hell,” “goddamn,” “shit,” “shitcanned,” “ass,” “fucks,” “shithouse,” “bastards,” “bullshit,” “rats ass,” “bitch,” “faggot” and derogatory slang regarding the African race (i.e. coon).
  • SMOKING: Yes. 
  • DRINKING: Yes. 
  • SEX: None.
  • VIOLENCE:There are two instances of mild violence.
  • THEMES: Topics of discussion in this play include: parenting; hands on vs. absentee; to work or not to work; age of reason; animal abandonment/cruelty; boys will be boys v. keeping children accountable for their actions; big pharmaceutical companies v. patients; gender roles; nature v. nurture; civilization v. anarchy
  • RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “PG-13.”

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