Conundrum Stages Names that Play: Yasmina Reza’s “The God of Carnage”

Conundrum Stages Names that Play: Yasmina Reza’s The God of Carnage

Drama Daily’s 2nd installment of “Name that Play” was correctly identified by Ft. Lauderdale-based actor and president of Conundrum Stages, Kevin Johnson.  Conundrum was founded five years ago as a play reading series, featuring classic and contemporary works by established playwrights, and it  typically holds three events per year.  Condundrum’s first reading was Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour.  This coming May will mark two years since Conundrum became incorporated.  While the organization continues to do play readings (most recently Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful), it is also expanding its focus to other performance genres, in an effort to showcase the full range of local talent in South Florida, encourage networking opportunities, and foster craft development.  On Saturday, January 30, Conundrum will be hosting a poetry event with spoken word artists, poets, and a vocalist at 18 Rabbit Gallery.  More information on this event will follow as it gets closer to the date.

Ms. Reza’s play, which received a 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, is currently running in NYC at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, under the direction of Matthew Warchus.  The new cast features Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits, and Ken Stott.  In its previous NY run, the play’s cast consisted of James Gandolphini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and Hope Davis–according to NY Post theatre critic, Elisabeth Vencentelli, in her 12/10/09 review, this cast was superior.

Here’s an amusing chat with the original NY cast regarding the decision NOT to feign Frenchness.

Oh, and here is the official website for The God of Carnage.


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