The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the San Diego Premiere of God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The Tony Award-winning comedy is directed by Richard Seer and will run July 27 – Sept. 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27 – Aug. 1. Opening night is Thursday, Aug. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
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In God of Carnage, two sets of parents gather in an upscale Brooklyn home to discuss a playground altercation between their sons. At first civility is upheld, but as the conversation goes off track and the rum bottle opens, decorum flies out the window and leads to a hilarious afternoon of name-calling, tantrums and tears. Yasmina Reza's comedy is a four-way prizefight that is not to be missed.
The cast of God of Carnage features Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program alumni Caitlin Muelder (Annette Raleigh), Erika Rolfsrud (Veronica Novak) and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Michael Novak). Muelder appeared at the Globe in Vincent in Brixton, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello, and her Broadway credits include the Tony Award-nominated musical The Invention of Love. Rolfsrud's Globe credits include Sea of Tranquility, The Seagull, Cymbeline, Henry IV, Dancing at Lughnasa, Macbeth and The Gate of Heaven, and she has appeared on Broadway in The Coast of Utopia, Exit the King and Rabbit Hole. Rooney appeared at the Globe in last season's Death of a Salesman in addition to All My Sons, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Twelfth Night, and he was featured on Broadway in The Country Girl and Henry IV directed by Jack O'Brien.
Rounding out the cast is T. Ryder Smith (Alan Raleigh), who has previously appeared at the Globe in Cornelia, In This Corner and Lincolnesque, for which he won a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award. He has been seen on Broadway in War Horse and Equus.
The creative team includes Robert Morgan (Scenic and Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).
Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a two-time Tony Award-winning French playwright and novelist based in Paris whose works have all been critical and popular international successes, produced worldwide and translated into 35 languages. She has written seven plays: Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life (x) 3, A Spanish Play, God of Carnage and How You Talk the Game. She has also written six novels: Hammerklavier, Une Desolation (Desolation), Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer, Nulle Part and L'Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit (Dawn Dusk or Night). The 2011 film version of God of Carnage was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. Her other films include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz directed by Didier Martiny and Chicas, written and directed by Reza.
Christopher Hampton (Translator) has garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for his plays, musicals and translations. Prizes for his film and television work include an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writers Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia and a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His plays for The Royal Court Theatre include Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Total Eclipse, Marya and When Did You Last See My Mother? His 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, Almeida Theatre, Royal National Theatre and both on the 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 A Dangerous Method, 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.
Richard Seer (Director) is an award-winning director and actor and has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television and in over 70 productions at regional theaters in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Sybil Thorndike Theatre in England. He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard's Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance. At The Old Globe, he has directed productions of Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange (San Diego Critics Circle Award), All My Sons, Da and Old Wicked Songs (Patté Award). Recent directing assignments also include Third (Huntington Theatre Company) and Bill W. and Dr. Bob and Sonia Flew (San Jose Repertory Theatre). He has been Director of The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993. In 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel Distinguished Professorship.
TICKETS to God of Carnage can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on July 27 and continue through Sept. 2. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Friday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 75 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.