God of Carnage is one of the most popular and acclaimed plays of the last 10 years. First performed in Zurich in 2006, it opened on Broadway in 2009, won a Tony Award for Best Play of the Year and enjoyed 452 performances, making it the third-longest running play of the 2000’s.
The play opens with Alan, a corporate lawyer, and Annette, who works in “wealth management” visiting the apartment of Michael, a wholesaler, and Veronica, a writer, to discuss how to deal with an unfortunate incident that occurred in Cobble Hill Park the previous day. Following a “verbal altercation,” Alan and Annette’s son, Freddy, hit Michael and Veronica’s son, Bruno, with a stick, breaking two of his teeth. The parents have gathered to discuss, rationally and amicably, how to deal with the boys.
(in the order of their appearance)
|Veronica Vallon||Rachel McKendree|
|Michael Vallon||Chris Kanaga|
|Annette Raleigh||Sr. Danielle Dwyer|
|Alan Raleigh||Brad Lussier|
Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Assistant & Technical Director
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Like so many theatre people, our involvement in this craft comes from a hunger for the truth. It gnaws in a way that is unrelenting and it is the voice that will permit no rest. It is the finger that pokes us in the eye when we look in the wrong direction and it is the whisper that calls us to listen outside of what we know. You may have your own peculiar relationship with the truth and know its voice in other ways.
Elements Theatre Company takes this relationship with the truth into conversation and education. We find that truth has a way of emerging in thoughts and discussions that come when we are most agitated or urgent in the need to express ourselves. Yasmina Reza gives us fertile ground for discussion in her play, God of Carnage.
How do humans become more human and what is live theatre’s role in this evolution process? Reza neither answers this question nor any question. Instead with a surgeon’s skill she gives us well cut characters who in the mirror of this story remove one mask after another until they are revealed in need and nakedness. Reza (by some considered to be a moralist) reveals the problem and does not seek within the context of the play to resolve it, leaving us to wonder…
This leads us to another voice in the theatre that has some personal significance. Stella Adler talks of the power of live theatre in this way, “The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and social situations. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life…”
This week of Arts in Conversation is about seeing and hearing. It is for us a delightful chance to meet many of you, to talk shop, to look to a future where the arts and truth continue to heal and bring communities closer together.
We wish you all the best,
Sr. Danielle Dwyer on behalf of all of Elements Theatre Company