Saint Mary Theatre Students Present ‘God of Carnage’

1/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 & 9 | Xavier Theatre

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary theatre program is presenting the dark comedy God of Carnage as this year’s student-run production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, through Saturday, Feb. 9, in Xavier Theatre on the USM main campus in Leavenworth at 4100 South 4th Street. Tickets are $10 for adults, and can be purchased in advance by calling 913-758-6152. God of Carnage is not recommended for children.

God of Carnage revolves around two pairs of parents who meet at a public park following a bullying incident involving their respective children. The conversation escalates into confrontation as the parents’ behavior grows increasingly irrational and childish.

The play, by Yasmina Reza, debuted in Zurich in 2006. International productions followed, and it premiered on Broadway in 2009.

The USM production of God of Carnage is the 2013 entry in USM’s annual tradition of student productions. The student productions are unique within the Saint Mary theatre season because the students produce the play entirely themselves. They select which work they will perform and choose a director from among their ranks, who in turn selects the cast, a set designer, and other technical positions.

God of Carnage was chosen because “students liked it for its message, its small cast-size, and its contemporary setting,” said USM theatre student Sarah Cronkleton-Kidd, of Gladstone, Mo., the director of this year’s student production. “The play speaks to society as a whole. Its themes are universal.”

The cast of the play includes Saint Mary students Emily Nold, Jason Eberth, Alyssa Dunning, and Ben Sanders. Crew includes Sarah DaMetz, Regina Ridgeway, Anthony Clouse, Amanda Jacobs, and Briana Janas.

Call 913-758-6152 for more information or to reserve tickets for God of Carnage