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God of Carnage

God of Carnage

"A Scathing delight...exquisitely crafted..wicked bit of bad-fun nastiness."
—Albany Times Union

"A delight in dark humor...the play sparkles."
—The Berkshire Edge

"Outstandingly funny...powerful comedic artistry."
—CurtainUp

"expertly acted and directed...powerful and poignant."
—Berkshire Eagle

"Terrific...It is a pleasure to watch these four actors ply their craft with intelligence and insight."
—Berkshire on Stage

“Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly...”
—The New York Times

This Tony and Olivier Award-winning New York smash hit by the author of ART takes you on a 90-minute thrill ride into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons' nasty schoolyard tangle. Tensions quickly emerge around the best way to raise a child. The meeting progresses, the liquor flows, and the gloves come off in this viciously funny comedy of bad manners.

"Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's sharpest work since 'Art'." —Variety.

"Brutally entertaining…in another of Christopher Hampton's exquisite translations, [Reza] cannily manipulates social observations that appeal to vast audiences and creates characters that bring out the best in actors." —NY Newsday.

Generously sponsored by Deborah and Bill Ryan.

Photos & Videos

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jonathan Croy, Kristin Wold. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Allyn Burrows, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jonathan Croy. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Kristin Wold. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Kristin Wold, Allyn Burrows. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Kristin Wold. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Allyn Burrows, Jonathan Croy. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Jonathan Croy. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Jonathan Croy, Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Allyn Burrows, Jonathan Croy, Kristin Wold. Photography by Christopher Duggan.

Jonathan Croy, Allyn Burrows, Kristin Wold, Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photography by: Christopher Duggan.

Artists

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(Veronica Novak) Twenty-first season with S&Co. 2016: Assistant Director The Merchant of Venice. Acting credits: Mother of the Maid; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Parasite Drag; Merry Wives of Windsor; Hermione, Winter’s Tale; Marquise, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Ice Glen (by Joan Ackermann); Bad more(Veronica Novak) Twenty-first season with S&Co. 2016: Assistant Director The Merchant of Venice. Acting credits: Mother of the Maid; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Parasite Drag; Merry Wives of Windsor; Hermione, Winter’s Tale; Marquise, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Ice Glen (by Joan Ackermann); Bad Dates (Elliot Norton Award Best Solo Performance); Rough Crossing; Regan, King Lear; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lady Anne, Richard III. Other collaborations: Berkshire Playwright’s Lab; The Lion in Winter (Old Castle Theatre); 10X10 Play Fest (BSCo); Bad Dates (Merrimack Rep); Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works); Othello. Indy Films: Trigger Finger; Seriously Twisted. Elizabeth has done extensive voice-overs for TV, radio and film.

Allyn  Burrows

Allyn Burrows

(Alan Raleigh) nineteenth season (Artistic Director; Alan, God of Carnage; Actor, T.S. Eliot and his Love of Shakespeare). S&Co: Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Pt 1, Measure for Measure, Betrayal, The House of Mirth, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, and The more(Alan Raleigh) nineteenth season (Artistic Director; Alan, God of Carnage; Actor, T.S. Eliot and his Love of Shakespeare). S&Co: Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Pt 1, Measure for Measure, Betrayal, The House of Mirth, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). As Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Allyn directed productions of Romeo & Juliet,Pericles,Jon Lipsky’s Living in Exile, Richard II, and The Tempest, and performances there included The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VIII, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and Richard III. He recently performed in Can You Forgive Her (Huntington Theatre), Breaking the Code (Underground Railway Theatre), Shipwrecked (The Lyric Stage), Oceanside, The Seafarer, Pursuit of Happiness, and The Homecoming (Merrimack Repertory Theater), and Five by Tenn (Speakeasy Stage). The 2006 Elliot Norton Award recipient for The Homecoming, King Lear, and Five by Tenn, Allyn also received the 2011 IRNE Award for Breaking the Code. Off-Broadway credits include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Slotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. He has worked regionally at The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The American Conservatory Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre, The Denver Center, and The Walnut St. Theatre. Television credits include The Broad Squad, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Against the Law, and on film in The Company Men, Julie & Julia, and Manchester by the Sea.

Regge Life

Regge Life

(Director) second season (Director, God of Carnage ). Regge Life is pleased to be directing again at Shakespeare & Company. He directed the widely acclaimed Kaufman’s Barbershop in 2013. He has directed across the country with credits such as Cross That River for the Aspen Theater, I Just Stopped by more(Director) second season (Director, God of Carnage ). Regge Life is pleased to be directing again at Shakespeare & Company. He directed the widely acclaimed Kaufman’s Barbershop in 2013. He has directed across the country with credits such as Cross That River for the Aspen Theater, I Just Stopped by to See the Man for Milwaukee Rep, Yellowman and Gem of the Ocean for Pittsburgh Public Theater, Ghosts for the Pearl Theater, Piano Lesson for Virginia Stage Company, A Walk in the Woods at Capital Rep, Rebel Armies into Deep Chad, Laurence Fishburne’s Riff Raff and Arthur Miller’s The American Clock for the Juilliard School and Living in the Wind andDo Lord Remember Me at The American Place Theatre.

Jonathan Croy

Jonathan Croy

(Michael Novak) Thirty-first season with S&Co. Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays. Directing credits with the Company include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, The Compleat Wrks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), Twelfth Night, The Real Inspector Hound, A Midsummer Night’s more(Michael Novak) Thirty-first season with S&Co. Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays. Directing credits with the Company include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, The Compleat Wrks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), Twelfth Night, The Real Inspector Hound, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 39 Steps, Julius Caesar, Private Eyes, Romeo & Juliet and Scapin. Jon has been a mainstay of our award-winning Education Program for more than a quarter century.

Kristin Wold

Kristin Wold

(Annette Raleigh) Twenty-seventh season. Recent S&Co roles include Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's Will; Portia/Calpurnia/Lucius, Julius Caesar; Ariel, The Tempest; Regan, King Lear; Teresa, The Memory of Water; Timothea, Sea Marks; Emilia, Othello; and Sarah, Ice Glen. Directing: Sense and Sensibility, Punk Rock, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big more(Annette Raleigh) Twenty-seventh season. Recent S&Co roles include Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's Will; Portia/Calpurnia/Lucius, Julius Caesar; Ariel, The Tempest; Regan, King Lear; Teresa, The Memory of Water; Timothea, Sea Marks; Emilia, Othello; and Sarah, Ice Glen. Directing: Sense and Sensibility, Punk Rock, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Thin Air: Tales of a Revolution, Judevine (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Indian Blood (Mixed Company). Choreographer/Creator: Thetis: Immortal Fire. Training: Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, Florida State University and with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan. www.kristinwold.com

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