Portsmouth Little Theatre presents God of Carnage
by Wayne Allen
The Portsmouth Little Theatre (PLT) is proud to present the award-winning play, God of Carnage, on June 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th at 7:30pm. Please visit www.pltlive.com to purchase tickets. This production is directed by Jim Hayes. Tickets are $10.00 for seniors/students and $12.00 for adults. The performance is rated R for language.
Written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage is billed as a black “comedy of manners… without the manners”. Simply, the play is about two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a park, who meet to discuss the incident in a mature and civilized manner. As the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish and conversations dissolve into chaos.
The original Broadway production, starring Jeff Daniels (nominated for Best Actor), Hope Davis (nominated for Best Actress), James Gandolfini (nominated for Best Actor) and Marcia Gay Hardin (won Best Actress) won three Tony awards in 2009, Best Actress, Best Director (Matthew Warchus) and Best Play (Yasmina Reza) as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy (Yasmina Reza).
In 2011, Roman Polanski directed the film adaptation, simply Carnage, starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet.
PLT’s production stars Kasie Leightenheimer and Michael Stapleton as Annette and Alan Raleigh and Leigh Anne Smith and Loren Keller as Veronica and Michael Novak. This ensemble piece runs one act and just over 90 minutes.
“This show is tremendously difficult, as it is truly an ensemble piece. All four of us are on stage virtually the entire show. Our characters’ emotions run the gamut and there are exhausting peaks and valleys. We go from giggling uncontrollably to literally screaming and crying. This has been the most difficult piece I’ve ever tackled and I wouldn’t change a second of this experience. From the first time I read the script, I was crying with laughter on page two. This is my dream role – thanks to Jim (Hayes, the Director) I can mark one off my bucket list! I could not be more proud that PLT chose this piece to end the 2012-13 season,” says Leigh Anne Smith.
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