The second play of the season for the Gardner-Webb University Department of Theatre Arts is the dark domestic comedy by Yasmina Reza, ‘God of Carnage.’ Performances will be Nov. 16-19 in the Millennium Playhouse, located behind the Communications Studies Hall, 141 S. Main St., Boiling Springs.
The Tony Award-winning play is a story about two couples whose boys had a playground altercation. The parents-Alan and Annette, and Michael and Veronica-meet to discuss what happened, agreeing to be civil. However, tensions emerge and the evening ends in chaos. The one-act performance is a challenge for the actors because they are on stage for almost the entire show.
‘It’s only four people so there’s a lot of concentration and work that has to go into this play,’ observed Director Dr. Chris Nelson, GWU Assistant Professor of Theatre and department chair. ‘It’s also high-intensity at times, so that can be challenging as well.’
R.J. Thompson, a junior theatre arts major from Boiling Springs, is Alan, and playing Annette, is Holly Strother, a senior youth discipleship major from Red Springs, N.C. Japheth Vazquez Nieves, a freshman English major from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, is Michael, and Veronica is played by Sarah Bragdon, a freshman nursing major, Spanish minor from Anderson, S.C.
‘God of Carnage’ will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16-18 and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19.