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God of Carnage Hits Maplewood

The Strollers, The Community Theater in Residence at the Burgdorff Center for The Performing Arts in Maplewood Presents God of Carnage by Yasemina Reza.

 

Tara Cioletti from Wayne, Dena Daniel from Manhattan, Travis Garcia from Morristown and Jeff Taylor from Montclair make up the cast under the Direction of Cynthia Ross from Newark.  Rounding out the production crew are Producer Glen Albright, Stage Manger Jim Coe, Props  Mistress Yvonne Perry, Set Designer Judi Gajary, Lighting Designer John Mendlovitz, Costumer Judy French and Sound Designer Rob Pape.

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Before the comedy begins, two 11 year-old children, Benjamin and Henry, get involved in an argument because Benjamin refuses to let Henry join his ‘gang’.  Benjamin then knocks out two of Henry’s teeth with a stick. That evening, the parents of both children meet to discuss things in a ‘civilized’ manor.

 

Benjamin’s father Alan (Garcia) is a lawyer who is never off his cell phone and his mother Annette (Cioletti) is in ‘wealth management’ and has a some what sensitive stomach when it comes to these matters.  Henry’s father, Michael (Taylor) is a self-made wholesaler with a sick mother and Henry’s mother Veronica (Daniel), is an Art Historian and is writing a book on Darfur.  As the evening wares on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia.

 

The original cast included Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, the late James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, all garnering Tony Award nomintions, Harden winning for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Roman Polanski directed the 2011 film adaptation of the play that whose title was shortened to Carnage.  Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly played Penelope and Michael, while Chistoph Waltz and Kate Winslet played Alan and Nancy.

 

The Strollers production will open November 8th at 8PM at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood.  It continues November 9th, 15th & 16th at 8PM and also a matinee performance on Sunday November 10th at 2PM.  The matinee will be signed for the hearing impaired.

 

Immediately following the opening night performance there will be a talk back with Stuart Green, Director of NJ Coalition for Bulling Awareness and Prevention.  In addition, donations can be made to New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition, the Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities which promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

 

Tickets are $16 for Adults and $13 for Students/Seniors.  Group rates for parties of 20 or more are also available.  For reservations please call the box office at 973-761-8453 or visit their website at www.thestrollers.org.

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