Com­pass Rose The­ater presents ‘God of Car­nage’

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AN­NAPO­LIS — Com­pass Rose The­ater now presents some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent as the fourth of­fer­ing of the 2016-2017 Sea­son. “God of Car­nage” is a play for grown ups. Due to strong themes and pro­fane lan­guage, this play is not rec­om­mended for chil­dren un­der 16. How­ever, it is de­light­ful for adults. A satire on mod­ern par­ent­ing, the play ad­dresses po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and “yup­pie” par­ent­ing in a comedic way.

When two chil­dren from up­per mid­dle class fam­i­lies get into a play­ground fight, both sets of par­ents get to­gether over drinks to re­solve the dis­pute. The re­sult is a dis­so­lu­tion of ev­ery rule of eti­quette, cour­tesy and po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. Primal im­pulses come to the fore re­veal the an­i­mal who lives in­side all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly en­ter­tain­ing, and il­lu­mi­nates the dark side of be­ing hu­man.

The play is di­rected by Steven Car­pen­ter, who has 20 plus years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sional di­rec­tor and ac­tor in the greater Washington, D.C., area. This marks his third pro­duc­tion of a Yas­mina Reza play, hav­ing pre­vi­ously di­rected “ART” (Bay The­atre) and “The Un­ex­pected Man” (Washington Stage Guild).

Nigel Reed, who plays Alan is no stranger to An­napo­lis au­di­ences where he ap­peared in many pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing “Love Let­ters,” “Mau­ri­tius,” “Becky’s New Car” and “Be­yond Ther­apy.” Reed has been seen of­ten in var­i­ous area the­aters in­clud­ing Rep Stage, Every­man The­atre, Ol­ney The­atre Cen­ter, Sig­na­ture The­atre, Fo­rum The­atre, Cat­a­lyst The­atre, Po­tomac The­atre Project, The­ater Al­liance and The Washington Stage Guild.

Jeanne Dil­lon-Wil­liams makes her Com­pass Rose The­ater de­but as Veron­ica. Her cred­its in­clude roles at Rep Stage, Washington Shake­speare Com­pany, Amer­i­can Cen­tury The­ater, Source The­ater Fes­ti­val and Pur­chased Ex­pe­ri­ences. She is a teach­ing artist with Com­pass Rose The­ater.

James Gal­lagher, who plays Michael, has been act­ing in the An­napo­lis area since 1989, but this is his first ap­pear­ance at Com­pass Rose The­ater. His re­gional work in­cludes “The Four­some,” “DeathTrap,” “Be­trayal” and “Oleanna” at Bay The­atre, “Twelfth Night” at The Shake­speare The­atre, “Rab­bit Hole,” “Zoo Story,” “Ho­gan’s Goat,” “All My Sons” and “Anne of the Thou­sand Days” at Colo­nial Play­ers of An­napo­lis.

Mi­randa Zola, who plays An­nette, has re­gional the­ater cred­its, in­clud­ing The Good­man The­atre: Rooster Room (New Stages Fes­ti­val), At­tas­cado and Your Fu­neral (Latino Play Fes­ti­val).

Per­for­mances are held at Com­pass Rose The­ater, lo­cated at 49 Spa Road, An­napo­lis, across from The Westin Ho­tel. The the­ater is fully wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. Ad­mis­sion is $38 for adults, $33 for se­niors and mil­i­tary (with a valid ID), and $23 for stu­dents (with a valid ID). The show runs Thurs­day through Sun­day from Feb. 17 un­til March 26.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.com­pass­rosethe­ater.org or by call­ing 410-980-6662.

Green Room Gang Senior and Ju­nior campers dur­ing a cur­tain call at the close of 2016’s sum­mer camp at Church Hill The­atre. Three paid sum­mer po­si­tions at this year’s camps have opened up in­clud­ing Green Room Gang Senior di­rec­tor and two in­terns to work with the di­rec­tors.

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