NRT Opens Third Show of Season: God of Carnage

Dennis Henry and Amy Hayes as Michael and Veronica
Dennis Henry and Amy Hayes as Michael and Veronica

"God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, is “A meeting of civilized adults spins wildly awry.” It plays at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre July 21, 25, 27 and Aug. 5, at Howell Theatre. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays (Aug. 5) at 2 p.m.

The final Nebraska Repertory Theatre production to open (July 18) is God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton.

Artistic Director Virginia Smith describes it: “Yesterday, in the park, one boy hit another with a stick, we don't know too many details, perhaps just a couple of broken teeth. Today the parents of the boys are meeting to talk about the wisest path to healing for all parties. Surely civilized people can work out some fleeting disagreement between two young boys. What starts as well meaning and polite soon becomes more honest and revealing and then, well, more hostile and arrogant and funny. That someone within us, so carefully cloaked and conforming to society's norms is still present, watching, waiting for affront, the insult which kicks the door down... Who knew we were so absurdly laughable when provoked, and who could possibly imagine such an outcome.”

Smith directs God of Carnage. Dennis Henry takes off his wig and high heels from "Jeeves Intervenes" to play Michael, married to Veronica played by Amy Hayes. Hayes is an alumna of UNL’s M.F.A. Acting program and works in the Indianapolis market. Scott Herr and Sasha Dobson play Alan and his wife, Annette. This production is for mature audiences.

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