Richard A. Rosenberg, noted director and actor in many plays at Community Little Theatre, will direct “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza with translation by Christopher Hampton.
Originally performed in France and London, it opened to rave reviews there, winning the Lawrence Olivier Award. On Broadway, it was a smash hit, winning three Tony Awards in 2009. The show will be produced February 8-17.
Rosenberg has been in rehearsal with his cast for the past month. He has selected veteran and seasoned actors well known to Community Little Theatre and other venues for this challenging play. He has cast Mark Hazard and Cheryl Reynolds to play Alan and Annette Raleigh, opposite Roger Philippon and Michelle Vasquez-Jacobus as Michael and Veronica Novak.
Two couples, the Novaks and the Raleighs, meet in the Novak living room to discuss a recent fight between their two 11-year-old sons, Henry Novak and Benjamin Raleigh. (The children are not in the play.) Young Benjamin has struck Henry with a stick, knocking out two teeth, injuring a nerve to the right incisor and swelling of his upper lip. The mood is serious, friendly and tolerant in the beginning, but quickly disintegrates into pettiness and gutter language as the adults regress to their juvenile ways. The result is quick, explosive and dramatic.
Rosenberg is ably assisted by Celeste Philippon, also a veteran director. The production cast includes Stefanie Lynn, producer; Brandon Chaloux, stage manager and props; Rachel Morin, publicist; Carole Hodgkin, set décor; Derek Jonson, sound design; Richard Martin, light design; Gerry Therrien, lead set construction with Phil Vampatella and Heather Lea, hair/makeup.
Reservations are being accepted at the box office by calling 783-0858 or accessing the website at www.laclt.com. All performances are at the permanent home of Community Little Theatre at Great Falls Performing Arts Center, 30 Academy St., Auburn.