Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hilarious Comedy God of Carnage Closes Out Pittsburgh Public Theater Season

Margie Romero
Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater

412.316.8200 ext. 707

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

God of Carnage

A polite meeting between four parents turns into a wild free-for-all in Yasmina Reza’s hilarious comedy, directed by Ted Pappas.

PITTSBURGH (May 3, 2011) Pittsburgh Public Theater closes its highly successful 2010/11 season with the knockout comedy God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Written by French superstar Yasmina Reza and directed by Ted Pappas, God of Carnage runs May 26 – June 26, 2011 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. The Presenting Sponsors of God of Carnage are Randi and L. Van V. Dauler, Jr.

God of Carnage is set in a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood, where two married couples get together to discuss a playground fight that took place between their young sons. Annette (Susan Angelo) and Alan (David Whalen) have taken time off their high-powered jobs to visit the home of Veronica (Deirdre Madigan) and Michael (Ted Koch). The meeting starts well enough, with the home’s artistic d├ęcor complimented and espresso and dessert served. But quickly things start to happen that scratch this veneer of refinement. Incidents such as a work crisis that’s handled by cell phone, the fate of a hamster, and an upset stomach bring about surprising, hilarious reactions. Soon the social niceties drop away and these civilized adults find themselves behaving like naughty, primitive children. Fast-paced and filled with both social commentary and physical comedy, this international hit is making its Pittsburgh premiere at The Public.

The design team for God of Carnage is Anne Mundell (Scenic), Ted Pappas (Costumes), Phil Monat (Lighting), Zach Moore (Sound), and Stephen Tolin (Special Effects). Fred Noel is the Production Stage Manager and Adrienne Wells is the Assistant Stage Manager.

About the Playwright

Yasmina Reza is a French writer, based in Paris, whose works have been critical and popular international successes. In addition to God of Carnage, her plays include Art, Life X 3, Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, The Unexpected Man, and A Spanish Play. She recently wrote and directed her first movie, Chicas, and is the author of Dawn, Dusk or Night (L’Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit), a book about Nicolas Sarkozy during his campaign to become the president of France. She has also written several novels and the film Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

What: God of Carnage

When: May 26 – June 26, 2011

Performance Schedule

Tues. through Sat. at 8 pm (except Tues., June 21 when the show is at 7 pm).

Sat. at 2 pm (except May 28 & June 4).

There will be an additional 2 pm matinee on Thurs., June 23.

Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (except June 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).

There will be no public performance on Wed., June 8.

Press Night is Thurs., June 2. Opening Night is Fri., June 3.

Ticket Prices

$35.75 to $60.75. $15.75 for students and age 26 and younger with valid ID.

For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit www.ppt.org

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