40+ Stage Company Opens Season With “God of Carnage” A Satire on Marriage and Parenting
40+ Stage Company opens its 2019 – 2020 season with the “God of Carnage,” a one-act comedy by Yasmina Reza on Sept. 20 at the Mountcastle Black Box theater, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem. The show revolves around two married couples who come together to discuss a playground scuffle involving their sons in which one boy sustains two broken teeth at the hands of the other. The concerned parents want to deal with incident in a considerate, enlightened manner. It does not take long, however, before the veneer of civility crumbles, and the audience quickly sees why the kids would fight as they watch the parents in action. The show takes a satirical, hilarious look at modern parenting and the values that drives couples today.
The play is directed by Jim McKeny, a highly regarded director with many stage and film credits to his name. His extensive experience with comedy brightens the moments of interplay between the two couples in the play. As he states, “The play typifies the lengths to which people we go to avoid a direct, honest discussion of anything until the jungle creeps in and takes over.”
Dates & Times:
Evenings: September 20, September 27 at 7:30 pm
Matinees: September 21-22, September 28-29 at 2:00 pm
The 2019– 2020 season will feature Lost in Yonkers, Nov. 15 – 24; a regional premier of Marc Palmieri’s Levittown, Feb. 14 – 29; and Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, June 5 – 14.
40+ Stage Company is a nonprofit theatre company that focuses on productions featuring actors age 40 and over in age appropriate roles and themes of particular interest to older adults. Our Education Program aims to offer creative opportunities for seniors and mature adults to challenge and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.40plusstage.com.