Compass Rose Theater presents ‘God of Carnage’
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.