Poster by Marianna Bacallao
Mercer Theatre’s final play of the semester, “God of Carnage,” is coming to campus the first week of April.
After a childrens’ fight on the playground results in lost teeth, their parents must meet to make amends. Sounds straightforward enough, but Yasmina Reza’s play, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009, has more in store. Though the meeting begins civilized, it devolves into total chaos as the night wears on and familiar binds break.
Currently, Mercer Theatre actors are in rehearsals and are anticipating audience’s reactions to it.
Mercer junior Chase Moore plays Michael, the father of the kid who ends up with knocked out teeth from the playground fight.
“It’ll give the audience some food for thought as they head home after the show…about why (people) behave the way we behave,” Moore said.
Unexpected behavior plays a major role in the conflict between the sets of parents. As their discussion progresses and alcohol is brought into the picture, spouses switch sides and the fighting becomes about something larger than their children.
The play marks the directorial debut for a full length production of Ashley Greene, a Mercer senior who has starred in recent productions such as “Rhinoceros” and “She Kills Monsters.”
“I’m really excited, the four actors blend very well together,” Greene said.
If you enjoyed Scot Mann’s rendition of Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” earlier in the semester, you might also enjoy the social satire in “God of Carnage.”
Along with being thought-provoking, the show is sure to bring laughs and surprises.
“It’s funny in ways that sometimes make you cringe, and the characters all have very distinct personalities,” Greene said.
The play features star performances by Travis Meeks, Avery Davis, Chase Moore and Monica Stephenson.
“God of Carnage” will be presented April 12-15 and April 19-22 at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 regular price.