“God of Carnage” set to open at The Black Box Theater in Newark

Staff report

The Black Box Theater at The Ohio State University at Newark is proud to present Yasmina Reza’s, God of Carnage, with translation by Christopher Hampton.Performances run from Thursday through Saturday, April 7-9, and again Thursday through Saturday, April 14-16. The curtain opens at 8:00 p.m. at The Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 and 17.

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a tony Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident involving their sons.

Before the play begins, Alan (Samuel Driscoll) and Annette’s (Jessica Nincehelser) 11-year-old son hit Michael (Mitchell Baughman) and Veronica’s (Alison Gordon) son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. That evening both sets of parents meet at Michael and Veronica’s apartment to discuss the incident in a civilized manner, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and then the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues and the meeting devolves into chaos leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

This production is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and is recommended for mature audiences. For more information, contact director Edie L. Norlin at enorlin.123@osu.edu.

LeFevre Hall is located on the shared campus of Ohio state Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) at 1199 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.

Staff report