GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza played to a sold-out audience last Friday, its opening night, at American Stage. The play, directed by Karla Hartley, is about a playground fight between 11-year-old boys resulting in two teeth missing which leads two parent-couples coming together. When the parents meet for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly, they intend to “practice the art of co-existence” rather than “slaughter each other with insurance claims.” But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, tantrums, and tears. And that’s before they break out the rum. Performances resume Wednesday, July 23rd.
God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards,
Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea. | Photo by Chad Jacobs
There are a few additional things to consider about the background of GOD OF CARNAGE to spike your interest, if not persuade you to see it at American Stage before it closes on August 10th. Stephanie Hayes, a Times performing arts critic goes into detail about the comedy’s beginnings, while still leaving space for imagination in her preview of the darkly humorous production. Check out her: “5 things to know about ‘God of Carnage’ at American Stage”
Also check out the unique art that’s part of the set and available to buy!
American Stage is proud to announce a Peter Wright original which is a part of our GOD OF CARNAGE set selected from The Duncan McClellan Gallery. When searching for the most distinctive art piece to fit with our set design for GOD OF CARNAGE. Jerid Fox, our Props Master, worked with Duncan McClellan to select this Peter Wright original as the perfect addition to this beautiful set designed by Scott Cooper.
Our stage design has a modern and artistic feel for this production which allowed for this unique partnership with The Duncan McClellan Gallery. This art piece is available for purchase at $6,000. The Duncan McClellan Gallery is generously donating the net proceeds back to American Stage Theatre Company. You can be the proud owner of this striking original piece from The Duncan McClellan Gallery and the set of GOD OF CARNAGE!
For more information or to purchase this art piece, please contact Development at 727.823.1600 x203 or email email@example.com
“The phrase “Karla Hartley has done it again” has been said so often that it should be copyrighted. She is a true gift to the Bay Area, and for years audiences and artists alike have been thankful for her guidance in numerous shows. Everything she does is top of the line, whether it’s direction, lighting, sound design, running a theatre company…”