- By Yasmina Reza
- Translated by Christopher Hampton
- Scenic Design James Kronzer
- Costume Design Kathleen Geldard
- Lighting Design Colin K. Bills
- Sound Design Matt Rowe
- Directed by Joe Calarco
The three-time 2009 Tony Award®-Winner, including Best Play
From the award-winning author of Art comes this shrewd and vicious comedy that gleefully flouts the perception of human “civility.”
Two upper-middle-class Brooklyn couples meet to discuss an incident of playground violence between their sons. Though the evening begins with polite pleasantries, it quickly descends into primal madness as tempers flare, loyalties shift and the parents devolve into children. Like last season’s Art, Reza ferociously and hilariously strips her affluent, over-achieving characters down to their savage core.
“An expert piece of stagecraft, and savagely funny.” — International Herald Tribune
Signature Theatre recognizes Jeffery Herrity as the artist for the photography seen in God of Carnage.
Andy Brownstein (Michael Novak) SIGNATURE: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Assassins (2007 Helen Hayes Award). DC AREA: Folger Theatre: The Second Shepherds’ Play; Forum Theatre: One Flea Spare; Quotidian Theatre: Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Seafarer; Charter Theatre: Short Order Stories; Rorschach Theatre: Behold!; Journeymen Theatre: An Experiment with an Air Pump, The Christmas Foundling. REGIONAL: Maine Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night.
Naomi Jacobson (Veronica Novak) SIGNATURE: Available Light. OFF-BROADWAY: Atlantic Theatre Co: Scenes From an Execution. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (20 year Company Member), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Folger Library Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre of the First Amendment, DC Fringe Festival. REGIONAL: Goodman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co, Milwaukee Repertory, Delaware Theatre Co, Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Diego Public. VOICEOVER: Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, NPR, PBS. AWARDS: 2009 Lunt Fontanne Fellow (with Lynn Redgrave), 2 Helen Hayes Awards, 12 Helen Hayes nominations, Individual Artist Grant - DC Commission on the Arts.
Vanessa Lock (Annette Raleigh) SIGNATURE: Image is Everything (Signature in the Schools), Nest, In the Absence of Spring, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. TV: America‘s Most Wanted, Haunting in Connecticut, The Pretender, Two of a Kind, Caroline in the City, Sunset Beach, Mad About You, General Hospital. EDUCATION: BFA Ithaca College. TEACHING: Director of Theatre Arts, Oakton High School.
Paul Morella (Alan Raleigh) SIGNATURE: Angels In America, Gospel According to Fishman, Shooting in Madrid. DC AREA: Arena Stage: All My Sons, Orpheus Descending; Shakespeare Theatre: King John, Julius Caesar; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: After Ashley, Grace, Big Death & Little Death, Quills, Watbanaland, Christmas On Mars; Olney Theatre: Opus, Dinner With Friends, A Passion for Justice, A Christmas Carol, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Laramie Project, Art, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, The Rivals, Coffee With Richelieu, Private Lives, The Mousetrap, The Time of Your Life; Theater J: The Accident, Either Or, Odd Couple; Folger Theatre: Macbeth; Studio Theatre: Two Sisters and a Piano, Conversations With My Father, Imagine Drowning, North Shore Fish, Romeo and Juliet; Everyman Theatre: Sight Unseen, Shooting Star, A Passion for Justice; Round House Theatre: Midwives, Life x 3, Snakebit, The Threepenny Opera.
Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a French playwright and novelist, based in Paris, whose works have all been multi-award-winning, critical and popular international successes, produced worldwide and translated into 35 languages. Her plays include Conversations After A Burial, The Passage Of Winter, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life X 3, A Spanish Play and God Of Carnage. Her novels include Hammerklavier, Une Desolation (Desolation), Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d’Arthur Schopenhauer, Nulle Part and L’Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit (Dawn, Dusk or Night). Her films include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz, directed by Didier Martiny, and Chicas written and directed by the author.
Christopher Hampton (Translation) PLAYS: Royal Court: Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Total Eclipse, Marya And When Did You Last See My Mother? Other Plays include Embers, Three Sisters, Art, Sunset Boulevard, The Talking Cure, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, White Chameleon, Tales From Hollywood, Don Juan Comes Back From The War, Tales From The Vienna Woods, An Enemy Of The People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Life X 3, Tartuffe, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Unexpected Man, Conversations After A Burial. TV: The Ginger Tree, Hotel du Lac, The History Man and Able’s Will, plays have been performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Royal National Theatre, West End and Broadway. SCREENPLAYS: Atonement, Imagining Argentina, The Quiet American, The Secret Agent, Mary Reilly, Carrington, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Wolf At The Door, The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Tales from the Vienna Woods, A Doll’s House. AWARDS: Three Tony Awards®, Two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award, an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writer’s Guild of America Award, the Prix Italian and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Joe Calarco (Director) SIGNATURE: Walter Cronkite is Dead. (writer/director), Assassins (Helen Hayes Award), Urinetown (Helen Hayes Award), Sideshow (Helen Hayes Award), Nijinsky’s Last Dance (Helen Hayes Award), Nest, The Boy Detective Fails, writer of six Signature in the Schools plays. OFF-BROADWAY: Playwrights Horizons: The Burnt Part Boys, Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky; Primary Stages: In Transit, Boy; Second Stage: in the absence of spring (writer/director); Lucille Lortel: Sarah, Plain and Tall; The Transport Group: Bury The Dead, The Audience (contributing book writer), Shakespeare’s R&J (adaptor/director, Lucille Lortel Award). NATIONAL TOUR: Ring of Fire. REGIONAL: The Old Globe: Lincolnesque, The Glass Menagerie; Barrington Stage Company: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (book writer/director), The Memory Show; 11th Hour Theatre Company: Ordinary Days; Philadelphia Theatre Co.: The Light in the Piazza (Barrymore Award), The Last Five Years (Barrymore Award Best Musical), Elegies, M. Butterfly. Drama League Directing Fellow, Executive Board SDC.
James Kronzer (Scenic Design) SIGNATURE: Over 20 productions including Walter Cronkite is Dead., Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd and Show Boat. BROADWAY: Glory Days. OFF-BROADWAY: Opus, Under the Bridge. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Oman O Man; Shakespeare Theatre: The Beaux Stratagem (Helen Hayes Award); Washington Ballet: Cinderella; Round House Theatre: Amadeus, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Clybourne Park; Folger Theatre: Hamlet. REGIONAL: Playmakers: Opus; Arden Theater: Clybourne Park, Sunday in the Park; Something Intangible (Barrymore Award); Philadelphia Theater Co: Elegies; Denver Center: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catch, When Tang Met Laika, As You Like It (Weston, VT); A Christmas Carol (Worcester MA & Knoxville TN). NATIONAL TOURS: Thomas the Tank, Barbie Live!, Backyardigans; Scenic co-ordinator: Shrek, Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz, Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers. TV: Kevin Nealon, Louie Anderson, Nick Cannon, Whitney Cummings, Eddie Griffin: Comedy Central. AWARDS: 8 Helen Hayes Awards, 2 Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia). AFFILIATIONS: United Scenic Artists. www.JamesKronzer.com.
Kathleen Geldard (Costume Design) SIGNATURE: Brother Russia (world premiere), Really Really, Hairspray, The Hollow (world premiere), The Boy Detective Fails (world premiere), Side By Side By Sondheim, Art, And the Curtain Rises (world premiere), Sunset Boulevard, Walter Cronkite is Dead. (world premiere), A Fox on the Fairway (world premiere), Chess, Sycamore Trees (world premiere), Sweeney Todd, I Am My Own Wife, Show Boat, See What I Wanna See, Les Misérables, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Happy Time. REGIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Berkeley Rep, CenterStage, Vineyard Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Round House Theatre; Imagination Stage; Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences, Olney Theatre Center; Folger Theatre; Studio Theatre; Everyman Theatre; Theater J. DANCE: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. AWARDS: 2012 Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination for Ruined, Berkeley Rep, 2012 IRNE Nomination for Ruined, Huntington Theatre, 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for The Neverending Story, Imagination Stage.
Colin K. Bills (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: Brother Russia, Really Really, Hairspray, Side by Side by Sondheim, And the Curtain Rises, Fox on the Fairway; I Am My Own Wife. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Company Member): A Bright New Boise, Clybourne Park, Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Round House Theatre: Eurydice, The Book Club Play; Studio Theatre: Lungs, Circle Mirror Transformation, Radio Golf; dog & pony dc, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, MetroStage, Olney Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theatre J, The Washington Revels. REGIONAL: The Berkshire Theater Festival: Best Kept Secret; CENTERSTAGE: Crime & Punishment, Working it Out; Intiman Theatre: All the King’s Men; Portland Center Stage: The North Plan; The Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Physicists. AWARDS: 2011, 2010 and 2008 Helen Hayes Awards, 2009 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship. EDUCATION: Dartmouth.
Matt Rowe (Sound Design) SIGNATURE: Brother Russia, Really Really, Hairspray (Helen Hayes Nomination), A Second Chance, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, The Boy Detective Fails, The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, And the Curtain Rises, Sunset Boulevard, Walter Cronkite is Dead., A Fox on the Fairway, Chess, Sycamore Trees, [title of show], Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Dirty Blonde, Giant, The Little Dog Laughed, Les Misérables, Anyone Can Whistle in concert, The Visit, The Happy Time, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Glory Days, Merrily We Roll Along, The Witches of Eastwick. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Nobody’s Perfect.
Kristy Matero (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: And the Curtain Rises, Sweeney Todd, Signature’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series 2007. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre: The K of D, Full Circle, Antebellum, Boom, Maria/Stuart, How Theatre Failed America, If You See Something Say Something; The Kennedy Center: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Jitney; Scena Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest; Theatre Alliance: Ambition Facing West. REGIONAL: Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lombardi; Actors Theatre of Louisville: Italian American Reconciliation, dark play or stories for boys, Mary’s Wedding, The Chosen, Gone Missing (with The Civilians); Pig Iron Theatre Company: Welcome to Yuba City, Hell Meets Henry Halfway; Spoleto Festival USA: Flora or Hob in the Well, Louise, Amistad, Don Giovanni.