Eric Evans, co-director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “God of Carnage,” said was immediately taken with the comedy when he was presented with the script.
“It’s just funny,” he said. “It was a page turner and it made us laugh out loud the first time that we read it.”
Opening Nov. 2 and running through Nov. 11, “Carnage” tells the tale of two couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, who are forced to come face to face after their children have an altercation and, in the process, stir up troubles of their own.
“Carnage” was penned by acclaimed French playwright Yasmina Reza. Making its debut in 2006 in her homeland as “Le Dieu du Carnage,” the play was adapted for English audiences two years later in London.
The play made its way to these shores a year later, Starring Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden as the parents, and took home Tony and Laurence Oliver Awards for best new play. It was adapted for the big screen last year as “Carnage,” directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz.
Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “Carnage” marks the play’s regional debut.
“It’s a great way to see parents trying to reconcile a situation for their children and almost become their children in the same sense,” said Evans, who is directing the play with Adam White. “It’s interesting to see how the parents come together to try to resolve the matter and where the parents allow themselves to go through their encounters with each other.”
Rebecca Fortner of North Judson and Daniel Maul of Hammond portray the Raleighs in Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “Carnage,” with Crown Point’s Anne Nicholls and Hobart’s Glenn Silver as the Novaks.
“The actors are doing a phenomenal job,” Evans said. “Both Adam and I are immensely impressed with everything that they’ve brought to these characters and how they’ve brought these characters to life, and have done even more with these characters than we thought (could be done) ourselves.”
“Carnage” is recommended for mature audiences.
Next up for Crown Point Community Theatre is a production of the drama “Judgment at Nuremberg,” which will be performed at the Lake County Courthouse Jan. 19-27.