The God of Carnage
THE GOD OF CARNAGE. Following a playground altercation between two 11-year-old boys in an affluent London neighbourhood, the parents agree to meet to discuss the situation civilly. However, the façade of polite society soon falls away as the two couples regress to childish accusations, bullying and bickering themselves. Originally written in French and entitled Le Dieu du Carnage, The God of Carnage premiered in 2006 at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich and it made its French-language debut at the Theatre Antoine in Paris in January 2008 directed by the author.
Reza’s long-time collaborator Christopher Hampton translated and adapted an English-language version that premiered at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End in March 2008 and the production won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Hampton further adapted the script for an Americanized edition, which premièred on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in February 2009 and the production won Best Play (Reza’s second win). The international popularity of the play led to a film adaptation called Carnage, which premièred in Italy at the Venice Film Festival before being released in the United Stated in September 2011. Written by Reza with director Roman Polanski.
Actors: Keith Foster, Kristina Leon, Ingela Lundh and Henrik Norman
Direction and scenography: Samuele Caldognetto
Assistant Director: Cheryl Murphy
Costume: Josefina Ehlin