God of Carnage
13 14 Season
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Presented by David Mirvish as part of OFF-MIRVISH: The Second Stage Series
November 23 – December 15, 2013
Benjamin and Henry have had a fight.
Their parents are meeting for a civil discussion of the incident.
At least that’s the plan.
A COMEDY OF MANNERS… WITHOUT THE MANNERS
Tensions flare, and the gloves come off in this hilarious, Tony award–winning comedy that strikes at the heart of bourgeois civility and reveals the savagery beneath the polished facade of polite society.
God of Carnage has enjoyed tremendous success in productions around the world. Christopher Hampton’s translation (Yasmina Reza’s original is in French) won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Comedy in the UK and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway, where it became the longest running comedy of the 2000s.
Studio 180’s production marked the Toronto English-language premiere of the internationally acclaimed work, and our second year of participation in Mirvish Productions’ exciting OFF-MIRVISH series (which we helped launch with our 2013 production of Clybourne Park). God of Carnage was part of the Mirvish 50th Anniversary season.
Winner: Best Independent Theatre Production, BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards
Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Associate Directed by Mark McGrinder
Featuring John Bourgeois, Linda Kash, Tony Nappo, and Sarah Orenstein
Stage Managed by Andrea Schurman
Assistant Stage Managed by Laura Baxter
Sound Designed by Michael Laird
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Set and Costume Designed by John Thompson
For Studio 180: debut. Yasmina Reza is a French playwright and novelist based in Paris, whose works have all been multi-award-winning, critical and popular international successes, and translated into 35 languages. In addition to God of Carnage, she has written seven plays: Conversations après un enterrement (Conversations After a Burial), La Traversée de l’hiver (The Passage of Winter), Art, L’Homme du hasard (The Unexpected Man), Trois versions de la vie (Life x 3), Une pièce espagnole (A Spanish Play) and Comment vous racontez la partie (How You Talk the Game). She is the author of six novels: Hammerklavier, Une désolation (Desolation), Adam Haberberg, Dans la luge d’Arthur Schopenhauer (On Arthur Schopenhauer’s Sledge), Nulle part and L’Aube le soir ou la nuit (Dawn Dusk or Night). Films include Le pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz (Lula Kreutz’s Picnic), directed by Didier Martiny, and Chicas (based on Une pièce espagnole), written and directed by the author.
For Studio 180: debut. Christopher Hampton’s theatrical work has garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award. Prizes for his film and television work include an Academy Award, two baftas, a Writer’s Guild of America Award, the Prix Italian and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His plays for the Royal Court include Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Total Eclipse, Marya and When Did You Last See My Mother? Other plays include Embers, Three Sisters, Art, Sunset Boulevard, The Talking Cure, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, White Chameleon, Tales from Hollywood, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Tales from the Vienna Woods, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Life x 3, Tartuffe, Les liaisons dangereuses, The Unexpected Man and Conversations After a Burial. Hampton’s plays have been performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Royal National Theatre, and both London’s West End and Broadway. His television credits include The Ginger Tree, Hotel du Lac, The History Man and Able’s Will. He has written the screenplays for Atonement, Imagining Argentina, The Quiet American, The Secret Agent, Mary Reilly, Carrington, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Wolf at the Door, The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Tales from the Vienna Woods and A Doll’s House.
For Studio 180: Cock, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Passion of the Chris & The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
For Studio 180: As Assistant Director – Blackbird; As a performer – Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade, Stuff Happens, Offensive Shadows, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Passion of the Chris & The Laramie Project. For Studio 180: The Laramie Project, Stuff Happens, Our Class, Parade, Clybourne Park, You Will Remember Me and, most recently, The Nether. Mark is a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.
For Studio 180: The Normal Heart. Selected theatre: The Tempest (Prospero), The Price, The Goat, Lost in Yonkers, Oleanna, Cherry Docs, Frankie & Johnny (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Tamara (Off-Broadway); Gaslight (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia); Troilus and Cressida (Stratford Festival); and M. Butterfly (Theatre Aquarius). Selected directing: After Miss Julie (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Decadence (Ziggurat Theatre – Dora Nomination), Taming of the Shrew (Skylight Theatre – Dora Nomination), Rough Crossing (Centaur Theatre) and Bag Babies (Theatre Passe Muraille). Writing: Tansey’s Brag (Ziggurat Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Bravo TV & CBC Radio), Walking on Crimson (Ziggurat Theatre). Teaching: U of T, George Brown, York. Faculty at Humber College. Director of Screen Acting program at Humber College. Recent TV credits: Day Late, Dollar Short, Copper, Covert Affairs and The Firm. Other: produced and directed the original short feature film, Jimmy Pacheco (Best Comedy at Mill Valley Festival and Yorktown Film Festival). In production: After Lola (feature length project with graduates of the Acting for Film and TV program at Humber).
For Studio 180: debut. Selected theatre credits: The Sisters Rosensweig; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (The Imperial Theatre – played all seven roles); Lost in Yonkers. Linda Kash began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto and has appeared in a number of plays for Canadian Stage.Selected film and TV: Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Cinderella Man, Titanic (ABC miniseries), Servitude, Running Mates (with Henry Winkler); series regular for The Ron James Show, The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, Variety Tonight, She TV, Minor Adjustments, Style and Substance; guest appearances on Seinfeld, Third Rock from the Sun, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen, Sabrina, Ken Finkleman’s Newsroom, Foolish Hearts, Good Dog, At The Hotel (Gemini Award) and King. Linda has co-created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl! and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed. As a point of interest, she voices Tony Nappo’s daughter, Gina Falcone, for Fugget About It (Teletoon). Other: Linda co-hosts a morning show for radio station Magic 96.7 fm and runs the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts, which she co-founded in 2009 with her late “great” husband, actor Paul O’Sullivan. She also teaches improv to children and adults throughout Ontario through corporate workshops as well as community outreach programs. Linda is best known as The Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel.
For Studio 180: debut. Selected credits: Murderers Confess at Christmastime (Outside the March); Sudden Death (Next Stage); The Real World, The Golden Dragon, Alias Godot, Little Mercy’s First Murder, Sideman, Motel Helene (Tarragon Theatre); Another Africa, The Cosmonauts Last Message…, Wild Dogs (Canadian Stage); The Dirty Beautiful, Unidentified Human Remains (Crow’s Theatre); Home is My Road, The Gwendolyn Poems, Problem Child (Factory Theatre); Hosanna (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Calgary); Paradise by the River (Centaur); Au Country Road (SummerWorks); Betrayal (Soulpepper). Film and TV highlights include Saw 2, Four Brothers, Land of The Dead, Murder at 1600, Hank and Mike, Stag, Beat Down, The Resurrection of Tony Gitone, DaVinci’s Inquest, Intelligence, Slings and Arrows, Played, Saving Hope, Breakout Kings, This Beautiful City, Baby How’d We Get This Way, Defendor, You Might As Well Live, Flashpoint, This Is Wonderland and voicing the lead character, Jimmy Falcone, on Teletoon’s hit adult animated show Fugget About It.
For Studio 180: The Normal Heart & Stuff Happens. Sarah Orenstein started her career at the age of 5. She studied at the prestigious Vancouver Playhouse acting school and has appeared on stages from her native Halifax to the Queen Charlotte Islands. She has won multiple awards in a career spanning 50 years. Her most recent of many Film and T.V. credits is the upcoming series Station Eleven. She Is committed to mentoring young actors and directors, and to new play development. She has recently begun to explore direction in her association with Studio 180. Some credits: Shaw Festival – thirteen seasons, including Millionairess, Blithe Spirit and Heartbreak House. Tarragon Theatre – Patience, Collected Works of Billy The Kid, Scorched (Canadian tour). Stratford Festival – five seasons, most recently seen in Birds of a Kind and Nathan the Wise.
For Studio 180: debut. Recent credits include Stage Manager of The Mountaintop (Obsidian), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Globe/Persephone), 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Marquis), Other Desert Cities (The Grand Theatre), Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage), Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! (Cahoots) and Blue Planet (YPT). Other credits include over 70 productions with many wonderful companies such as Obsidian Theatre, Soulpepper, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood, Factory Theatre, Ross Petty Productions, Tarragon Theatre, Project: Humanity, Alameda Theatre, Mirvish, Theatre New Brunswick, Tapestry New Opera, Opera Ontario, ShakespeareWorks, Resurgence, Toronto Operetta Theatre, AfriCanadian Playwrights Festival, b Current and the Stratford Festival.
Assistant Stage Manager
For Studio 180: Clybourne Park (2012). Other selected theatre credits: Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Actually (Obsidian/ Harold Green), The Story, Tails From the City, Happy Days (Common Boots Theatre), Trout Stanley, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), I Call myself Princess (Cahoots/Paper Canoe/Native Earth), Sweat, Love and Information, Venus in Fur, 7 seasons of Shakespeare in High Park (CanadianStage), Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre), The Berlin Blues, Ipperwash (Blyth Festival), Speaking in Tongues, Festen (The Company Theatre), A Christmas Carol, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre). Laura is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, 2005. Thank you to my amazing wife Shawn for all your love and support.
For Studio 180: Clybourne Park (2013), Our Class, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens, Blackbird & Offensive Shadows. Selected Sound Design credits: Annie, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Princess and the Handmaiden, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Seussical (YPT/Citadel Theatre); Spamalot!, Sound of Music, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); Great Expectations, Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Legally Blonde (Neptune Theatre); Speaking in Tongues, Through the Leaves, Festen, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Off B’way); and A Beautiful View (da da kamera).
For Studio 180: Cock, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens & Blackbird. Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance and is thrilled to be working with Studio 180 once again. Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Tapestry Opera, Hamilton Opera, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts among many others. She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards and has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a`Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award.
Set and Costume Designer
For Studio 180: Cock, The Normal Heart & Our Class. Other theatre credits: Speaking in Tongues, The Test, Through the Leaves (Dora Award), Festen, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Divisadero (Necessary Angel); The Retreat from Moscow, The Tempest, The Clean House, A Christmas Carol, Humble Boy, The Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, The Mill on the Floss, Betrayal, Twelfth Night, Don Carlos, The Misanthrope (Soulpepper); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The Pessimist, Care, Alice’s Affair, Helen’s Necklace, Russell Hill, Little Mercy’s First Murder, The Good Life, Skylight, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, The Road to Hell (Tarragon Theatre); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre – Dora Award); Caught, Unity (1918), Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille). John teaches design at the University of Toronto Drama Centre.
Terrific production. . . . Directed with a firm yet delicate hand by Joel Greenberg. . . . The cast of four is exemplary.Lynn Slotkin – CIUT 89.5fm
A grand theatrical experience. A superb cast detonates a verbal explosion which would be painful if it wasn’t savagely funny.CHCH TV
A blackly funny reminder that in the battle of nature over nurture, nature always holds the winning hand.Toronto Sun
Lives up to the high standard that Studio 180 has always set itself.Toronto Star
Excellent! A thoroughly satisfying night of theatre, with moments of intense discomfort and of absolute hilarity. Sharp, thoughtful and bloody funny!Mooney on Theatre
Fast-paced, explosive and hilarious. I could relate to each character and could recognize many of the parents I know… It’s about life as we’re trying to muddle our way through it.UrbanMoms
Hilarious! You won’t want to laugh for fear of missing a great line – but you won’t be able to help yourself!JazzFM
If you want to see four great actors strutting their stuff, head to the Panasonic to see Studio 180’s production of God of Carnage.NOW Magazine