GOD OF CARNAGE 2014

God Of Carnage

By Yasmin Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

God Of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, is an internationally acclaimed play about two couples meeting to discuss a playground altercation between their sons who gradually degenerate into children themselves. The transition from extreme civility to an evening of chaos results in a fast and furious theater experience that you will not forget!

Review

It’s a powerful and shocking drama about marriage, parenting, and superficial manners. Director Jonathan Haugen provides lots to think about, and lots of laughter!. …Read More

— John Osborne, Ph.D.

2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in London

God of Carnage

The Cast

Jacqueline is a native to Lodi, CA and has studied acting as well as dance and vocals singer her childhood. She studied acting at Tokay High School under Dominee Muller-Kimbal. After high school, Jacqueline attended San Joaquin Delta College where she studied costume design and theater. She enrolled and graduated in the Acting Training Program studying under Jeff Wentworth, Harvey Jordan, John White and Barbara Crocker. She has appeared in many productions such as Our TownA Streetcar Named DesireAnything GoesGuys & DollsThe Importance of Being ErnestThe Author’s NoteLong Ago & Far AwayAntigoneLysistrataThe Taming of the ShrewRomeo & JulietHamletMacbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Titania). She was last seen locally in Rock the Ground Theater Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena. Her T.V. and film credits include NUMB3rs, Boston Legal, Ford Motors, Nintendo, Cartoon Network, VideoGamesLive and Target as well as work on a web-series called “PTA”.

Bruce returns to the North Coast where he was born and raised. He could last be seen in the area in Rock the Ground’s production of Hamlet as Horatio. As both an actor and a theatrical fight director his work has taken him all over California and beyond. Favorite roles include: Horatio in Hamlet, Tony in Faithful (Murphy’s Creek Theatre), Carson Beaumont in the independent film A River of Skulls and Badger in the film, Flea. Bruce received his actors training from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, where he first worked with Hugh Dignon. Hugh and Bruce have done many productions together over the years including BetrayalMuch Ado About NothingDracula: A Musical NightmareHamlet and Romeo & Juliet. Bruce is thrilled to be back in Mendocino and hopes to continue the exceptional theatrical tradition exemplified by Hugh and Rock the Ground Theater productions. Enjoy the show!

Emily has come to Mendocino from Newport, Oregon where she has been involved in theater for 10 years. Her favorite musical theater roles include, Charity in Sweet Charity (Porthole Players), and Lulu in Cabaret (Red Octopus Theater Co.), among others. She has performed for Teatro Mundo (Newport, OR) as Olga in Three Sisters, Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, Mariah in Twelfth Night, Peasblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Helen in Cymbeline. Emily has also been involved in dance throughout her life, with a focus on ballet. She toured two seasons with The Eugene Ballet Co.’s Nutcracker and received training at The Joffrey Ballet School (New York, NY), Ballet West (Salt Lake, UT), and The North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC), as well as from many talented teachers throughout the country. Emily is currently enjoying a hiatus from her 15-year career as an RN, is delighting in her time in the beautiful village of Mendocino and the great experience working with Rock the Ground Theater Company.

Yasmina Reza, Playwright

Yasmina Reza is a French dramatist, novelist and actress best known for her brief, satiric plays which speak to contemporary anxieties. She wrote God of Carnage after a similar situation occurred with her own son. She had been asked by a German theater director for a commissioned work. Feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, she turned him down until she experienced a verbal encounter with the mother of the child whom her son had fought with. She returned to the German with a new, universal theme, and enthusiasm. She finished the script in three months, intensely tackling an overarching social theme. Her award-winning career began in 1987 and her plays continue to gain acclaim; these include ArtThe Unexpected Man and Life X 3.

Jonathan Haugen, Director

As an actor, Mr. Haugen has worked on and off again for fifteen seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Roles include Lovborg in Hedda Gabler, Brutus in Julius Caesar, the title role in Dr. Faustus, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, among others. Mr. Haugen has also performed at A.C.T. (San Francisco, CA), Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, and others. He has been seen locally in Rock the Ground Theater Company’s productions of The Rocky Horror Show, where he played Riff-Raff, as well as Laertes and the Ghost in Hamlet. As a director, Mr. Haugen staged Uncle Vanya for Rock the Ground, You Never Can Tell and The Philadelphia Story for Hillside Repertory (Los Angeles, CA). Other projects include, Pelleas and Melisande at the French Academy (New York, NY), and his original play, Saint Thais for Damn Fool Productions (Memphis, TN). Mr. Haugen was also the Artistic Director for Water Street Theater for three years (Port Townsend, WA).