Theatre students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will present “God of Carnage,” a play by French playwright Yasmina Reza, on March 7, 8 and 9.
The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Breedlove Auditorium and is rated for audiences age 16 and over, according to Bob Stevenson of Fort Smith, UAFS associate professor of theatre arts and director of theatre.
“This is a play about two pairs of parents,” Stevenson said. “One couple’s child has hurt the other couple’s child at a public park. The two couples meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner, however, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening evolving into chaos. Some parts are very dark, and some parts are very funny.”
The show’s director is Stuart Campbell of Longview, Texas. He is a senior theatre major.
“This play is extremely challenging, not only to direct but to act as well,” said Campbell. He explained that the play is filled with questions the actors present and the audience is compelled to consider.
“‘How far will we let ourselves go to prove our world view is right?’” Campbell asked. “That’s the question asked in Yasmina Reza’s play. Another question is ‘How can we, as adults, so easily become children fighting on a playground if we’re put in the right situation?’”
The cast includes Megan King of Cabot, Hannah Lovins and Shawn Mann of Fort Smith and Cory Wray of Perry.
"God of Carnage" replaces “Lend Me a Tenor,” which was originally scheduled as the spring student production in the Season of Entertainment 32 series. This annual entertainment extravaganza is sponsored by UAFS and combines national touring events with student music concerts and theatrical productions to form the annual Season slate.
Tickets are $6 and are available at www.ticketsage.com/uafs or by calling the Box Office at 479-788-7300.