The Bay Area premiere of San Jose Rep's God of Carnage begins previews tonight. This winner of the 2009 Tony Award® for Best Play was written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The production runs from March 22 to April 15, 2012, with Opening Night on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm.
"Sticks and stones can break my bones..." Two sets of parents try to put their best foot forward to deal with the aftermath of a playground altercation between their sons. But any attempt at having a civilized conversation quickly devolves into a hysterical night of name calling, finger-pointing and throwing things. The men gang up on the women, the women gang up on the men, and what begins as a calm, rational debate among adults becomes a journey into the heart of human chaos and savage instinct.
God of Carnage (a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company) is a hilariously harrowing look at the minefield of modern marriage.
"We have four fearless actors who are going to take us along on this very wild comic ride. As the audience watches these two 'highly civilized' couples devolve into practically Neanderthal behavior over a simple dispute, we are reminded how very close to the caveman we may all still be," said San Jose Rep Artistic Director Rick Lombardo, who is director for this production.
Regularly priced tickets for God of Carnage range from $29 to $74 with student tickets priced from from $10 to $37. Seniors and teachers receive $6 off the ticket price. Tickets are available at the San Jose Rep Box Office at 101 Paseo de San Antonio or can be purchased online at www.SJRep.com or by calling 408.367.7255. Approx. Performance Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Cast and Creative Team
Amy Resnick (VERONICA NOVAK) returns to San Jose Rep after previously appearing in Splitting Infinity. Ms. Resnick toured nationally in The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later and appeared off-Broadway in The Death of Frank. Here in the Bay Area, she has appeared in Body Awareness, Collapse, The Old Neighborhood (Aurora Theatre Company); She Stoops to Comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone (SF Playhouse); Third, Yellow Face (Theatreworks); The Laramie Project (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Orson's Shadow (Marin Theatre Company); Why We Have a Body, House of Yes (Magic Theatre). Ms. Resnick is a company member at B Street Theatre where she has appeared in Hidden In This Picture (starring with Timothy Busfield and written by Aaron Sorkin), The Clean House, Around the World in 80 Days, and Talley's Folly. Ms. Resnick's television appearances include Back to the Streets of San Francisco, St. Elsewhere, Picket Fences, Law & Order, Paper Chase, Midnight Caller, and Paper Dolls. On film, she has been seen in Haiku Tunnel, The Californians, and Love & Taxes.
BOB SORENSON (Michael Novak) is appearing on the San Jose Rep stage for the first time. At Arizona Theatre Company he appeared in I Am My Own Wife, Fully Committed, 'ART', Scapin, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Actors Theatre Phoenix credits include The Arizona Project, Henry V, Illuminati, and Putting It Together. He recently played Malvolio for Southwest Shakespeare Company. For Phoenix Theatre, he has appeared in Annie; Mister Roberts; I Do, I Do; Rumors; and Play It Again, Sam, among others. Mr. Sorenson's directing credits include More Fun Than Bowling, It Had To Be You, The Bug, Rounding Third, and The Complete History of America for Actors Theatre of Phoenix; Steel Magnolias for Phoenix Theatre; Personals and Six Women With Brain Death for Theatre League; and Social Security, The Gift Horse, the female version of The Odd Couple, and I'm Not Rappaport for Arizona Jewish Theatre Company. His television credits include HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the recurring role of Dr. Stephen Kurt on NBC's Law & Order.