Signature Theatre Presents the Washington Premiere of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage | Events
From Peter Eramo, Jr.: Last season, Signature Theatre brought the thought-provoking comedy Art to the stage. Now, the Tony Award®-winning Theatre is home to the Washington premiere of another shrewd and vicious comedy from the incisive mind of Yasmina Reza, as God of Carnage begins performances on April 10th, and runs through June 24th. Directed by Helen Hayes award-winner Joe Calarco (Urinetown, Assassins, and Side Show at Signature), God of Carnage is a scathing dark comedy that gleefully flouts the perception of human “civility.” Most recently adapted for film with an all-star cast by Roman Polanski, the play took home 3 Tony Awards® in 2009, including “Best Play.”
God of Carnage features a celebrated cast of DC favorites, including Helen Hayes award-winners Naomi Jacobson (Richard II at Shakespeare Theatre Company and Vigils at Woolly Mammoth Theatre) and Andy Brownstein (for Assassins at Signature), with Paul Morella (Angels in America at Signature) and Vanessa Lock (Nest and In the Absence of Spring at Signature). The esteemed creative team features James Kronzer (scenic design), Kathleen Geldard (costume design), Colin K. Bills (lighting design), and Matt Rowe (sound design).
“I can't wait to dive into Yasmina Reza's fantastic play,” said Calarco. “It's lean, hilarious, and provocative. Just one set and four amazing actors. It doesn't get much better than that.”
In Reza’s play, two upper-class New York couples meet one evening to discuss a playground incident between their sons. It doesn’t take long before the pleasantries are tossed aside and tempers begin to flare, loyalties shift, and the parents devolve into children. As she is famous for, Reza ferociously strips her over-achieving characters down to their savage core.
Eric Schaeffer, Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director, stated, “We are delighted to be able to treat Washington to another remarkably incisive and entertaining play by Ms. Reza. The cast we have assembled here is extraordinary and Joe, with his incredible sense of creativity in his staging and approach to the text, is the perfect person to direct this wonderfully wicked show.”
GOD OF CARNAGE
by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Joe Calarco
April 10 – June 24, 2012
Andy Brownstein (Michel Vallon) SIGNATURE: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Assassins (2007 Helen Hayes Award). DC AREA: Folger Theatre: The Second Shepherds’ Play; Forum Theatre: One Flea Spare; Quotidian Theatre: Long Day's Journey into Night, The Seafarer; Charter Theatre: Short Order Stories; Rorschach Theatre: Behold!; Journeymen Theatre: An Experiment with an Air Pump, The Christmas Foundling. REGIONAL: Maine Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night.
Naomi Jacobson (Veronique Vallon) SIGNATURE: Available Light. OFF-BROADWAY: Atlantic Theatre Co: Scenes From an Execution. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (20 year Company Member), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Folger Library Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre of the First Amendment, DC Fringe Festival. REGIONAL: Goodman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co, Milwaukee Repertory, Delaware Theatre Co, Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Diego Public. VOICEOVER: Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, NPR, PBS. AWARDS: 2009 Lunt Fontanne Fellow (with Lynn Redgrave), 2 Helen Hayes Awards, 12 Helen Hayes nominations, Individual Artist Grant - DC Commission on the Arts.
Vanessa Lock (Annette Reille) SIGNATURE: Image is Everything (Signature in the Schools), Nest, In the Absence of Spring, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. TV: America‘s Most Wanted, Haunting in Connecticut, The Pretender, Two of a Kind, Caroline in the City, Sunset Beach, Mad About You, General Hospital.
Paul Morella (Alain Reille) SIGNATURE: Angels in America, Gospel According to Fishman, Shooting in Madrid. DC AREA: Arena Stage: All My Sons, Orpheus Descending; Shakespeare Theatre: King John, Julius Caesar; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: After Ashley, Grace, Big Death & Little Death, Quills, Watbanaland, Christmas On Mars; Olney Theatre: Opus, Dinner With Friends, A Passion for Justice, A Christmas Carol, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Laramie Project, Art, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, The Rivals, Coffee With Richelieu, Private Lives, The Mousetrap, The Time of Your Life; Theater J: The Accident, Either Or, Odd Couple; Folger Theatre: Macbeth; Studio Theatre: Two Sisters and a Piano, Conversations With My Father, Imagine Drowning, North Shore Fish, Romeo and Juliet; Everyman Theatre: Sight Unseen, Shooting Star, A Passion for Justice; Round House Theatre: Midwives, Life x 3, Snakebit, The Threepenny Opera.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKET INFORMATION
God of Carnage will play in Signature’s ARK Theatre from April 10, 2012 to June 24, 2012. Performances are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There will be no matinee performance on Saturday, April 14. Official opening night performance will be Tuesday, April 17.
Signature Theatre will be hosting two ‘Pride Night’ performances that will take place on Friday, April 27th and Friday, May 4th (both at 8:00pm).
Tickets range from $56 - $80 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org. Group discounts are available for parties of ten or more by contacting Amanda McClish at email@example.com or by calling (571) 527-1831. Student discount tickets are $30 and must be purchased the week of the performance. Signature also offers “$22 for Tuesdays,” making available $22 tickets to the first two public Tuesday performances.
LOCATION – PROXIMITY TO WASHINGTON, DC
Located in Arlington, Virginia and complete with free parking, Signature Theatre is just 5.2 miles from the Washington Monument, an estimated 10-15 minute drive according to googlemaps.com. Using public transportation, Signature can be reached by the 7, 25 and 25A buses from Pentagon Metro Station or via a $12 taxi ride from the Pentagon City Metro stop (on both the Blue & Yellow lines) with a taxi stand located in front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
SIGNATURE’S 2011-12 SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
The remaining line-up for Signature Theatre’s 2011-2012 season features the Washington DC premiere of the cult classic musical Xanadu. Signature is also home to the world premiere works Brother Russia (now playing through April 15th), and Really Really (through March 25th). For more information, please contact the Signature Box Office at (703) 820-9771 or go to our website at www.signature-theatre.org.
Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 38 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.
In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such theatre luminaries as Chita Rivera, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Marc Kudisch, Ann Reinking, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company’s signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 70 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region’s professional theater and has been honored with 305 nominations.
Signature is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and by a gift from Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources.
DIRECTIONS / PROXIMITY TO WASHINGTON, DC
Located in Arlington, Virginia and complete with free parking, Signature Theatre is just 5 miles from the Washington Monument, an estimated 10-15 minute drive. Using public transportation, Signature can be reached by the 7, 25 and 25A buses from Pentagon Metro Station or via a taxi ride from the Pentagon City Metro stop (on both the Blue & Yellow lines) with a taxi stand located in front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Signature Theatre is located at 4200 Campbell Avenue (22206) off I-395 at the Shirlington exit (#6). After the exit, blue Signature signs mark the way to the theatre. Please note that Campbell Avenue is a new street and some GPS online mapping systems do not yet recognize Signature Theatre’s address. For directions visit http://signature-theatre.org/map.htm.
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