(BOSTON) — The new year begins with a bang at Huntington Theatre Company, next presenting acclaimed French playwright Yasmina Reza's scathing hit comedy of bad manners God of Carnage. Reza (Art, Conversations After a Burial), known for skillfully turning social tragedies into riotous comedies, rips through the most basic social settings and into the heart and soul of two couples dealing with the mayhem of matrimony and parenthood in this "savagely entertaining" (Variety) Tony and Olivier Award winner. Daniel Goldstein (Falsettos, Godspell) directs Christopher Hampton's translation of the searing comic dissection of parenting.
In the Broadway and international sensation God of Carnage, two sets of seemingly disparate parents meet for the first time. When Annette and Alan Raleigh's son hits MIchael and Veronica Novak's with a stick in a nasty schoolyard tangle, the two couples meet to discuss the problem. But all attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast, furious, and very funny comedy of bad manners that The New York Times calls, "ninety minutes of laughter that comes from the gut."
"Yasmina Reza's play is witty, biting, ferocious, and unbelievably funny," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "It's for smart audiences to laugh with their neighbors — just right for a cold winter night in Boston."
In December, filmmaker Roman Polanski's translation/direction of God of Carnage will be released. Entitled Carnage, the film stars Academy Award winners Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christopher Waltz, and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly.
About the Artists
In God of Carnage, "highly skilled stage performers take on roles that allow them to rip the stuffing out of one another, tear up the scenery, stomp on their own vanity, and have the time of their lives." (The New York Times)
Brooks Ashmanskas (Alan Raleigh) previously appeared at the Huntington in She Loves Me, Present Laughter (IRNE Award), and Amphitryon. He appeared on broadway in Promises, Promises; Present Laughter; The Ritz; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me: The Producers; Gypsy; Little Me; Dream; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; and On the Twentieth Century.
Stephen Bogardus (Michael Novak) appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Les Miserables, Safe Sex, The Grapes of Wrath, King David, and White Christmas, and Off Broaday in the Falsettos trilogy. Regional credits include M. Butterfly (Arena Stage), Elegies (Canon Theatre), and James Joyce's The Dead (Ahmanson Theatre and The Kennedy Center).
Johanna Day (Veronica Novak) previously appeared in the Huntington's production of Carol Mulroney. Her Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Proof (Tony and Lucille Lortal Award nominations), and Lombardi.
Christy Pusz (Annette Raleigh) appeared in the Broadway productions of Talk Radio, The Odd CVouple, Dinner at Eight, and Baz Luhrman's La Boheme. Off Broadway credits include The New Century (Linoln Center Theatre) and Homefront (La Mama ETC).
Yasmina Reza (playwright) is a multi-award-winning French playwright, novelist, and memoirist. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages and produced worldwide, earning critical praise and popular international success. She is the author of seven plays including Conversations After a Burial (Moliére Award), Winter Crossing (Moliére, Olivier, and Tony Awards), The Unexpected Man, Life x 3, A Spanish Play, and God of Carnage; the novels Desolation, Adam Haberberg, and On Arthur Schopenhauer's Sledge; the memoirs Hammerklavier and Nulle part; and Dawn, Dusk, or Night, a nonfiction account of a year she spent trailing former French president (then-candidate) Nicolas Sarkozy on the campaign trail. Her film credits include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz directed by Didier Martiny, a translation of Kafka's Metamorphosis for Roman Polanski, and Chicas, which she directed. Reza resides in Paris.
Daniel Goldstein (director) directed Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cry of the Reed for the Huntington. His revival of Godspell is currently running on Broadway. Recent credits include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Goodspeed/Broadway Across America) and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler, as well as an upcoming production of Anna Christie at the Old Globe. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was at the O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference this past summer. Other projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (Julliard), True West (Williamstown Theater Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theater, with Julie Halston), Lower Ninth (the Flea and SPF), and the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia. He served as the associate director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the resident director for the First National Tour of Mamma Mia! He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Sceneic design by Dane Laffrey (The Talls, The Other Place), costume design by Charles Schoonmaker (A Long and Winding Road, Nine); lighting design by Tyler Micoleay (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Dublin Carol); and sound design by Brett R. Jarvis (Two Trains Running). Production Stage Manager is Kevin Rebert Fitzpatrick. Stage Manager is Amy Louise Weissenstein.
Grand Patron: Boston University
30th Anniversary Sponsor: Carol G. Deane
Season Sponsor: J. David Wimberly
Production Co-Sponsors: Bill and LInda McQuillan
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.