“God of Carnage” opens Sept 14th!

The "God of Carnage" cast

Lora Ressler, Chris Chiola, and Robyn Eley argue during “God of   Carnage”

A playground scuffle is what this play is centered around, but the child-like scuffling from the adults is what “God of Carnage” is about. What begins as self-congratulating, mature behavior from parents, spirals, in this one-act play, into infantile histrionics.

Sponsored by Paula Wende Tax Accounting, and Hudson Insurance, this seriously funny comedy finds Michael & Veronica Novak (played by Chris Chiola & Robyn Eley) hosting a meeting with Alan & Annette Raleigh (played by Chad Clemmer & Lora Ressler). In this one-act play, the two couples are meeting for the first time at the Novak’s apartment in Brooklyn due to a scuffle involving each of their 11-year old sons. Benjamin Raleigh has injured Henry Novak and now there’s the matter of a dental bill to discuss, as well as bullying, and owning one’s responsibility. What begins as civilized “grown-up” behavior quickly mirrors playground antics. “How many parents standing up for their children become infantile themselves” asks Annette, moments before the afternoon takes a hilarious spiral downhill. Parents, be advised that this play contains adult language.

Chad Clemmer and Robyn Eley have a stare down

Written in French by Yasmina Reza, who was inspired to write the story after seeing a similar true-life event, it was subsequently translated to English by Christopher Hampton. Director Robert Buckingham says, “Perhaps the most interesting thing about this one act play is the lack of resolution. This story is a glimpse into a chaotic evening of childish behavior and audiences can interpret the events for themselves and decide how the evening ends for these characters. Each character is flawed but none more so than the other.”

Join us Friday September 14th for our Opening Night Gala Celebration for this one-act play (approx 75 mins)! Enjoy complimentary appetizers as well as a free beverage of choice, with ticket purchase. “God of Carnage” runs September 14th – September 30th. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:00 pm. Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm September 23rd and September 30th. Tickets are $15/person and available at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940, or at the door. For more information email info@tillamooktheater.com, or find us on Facebook.

TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy St, on the corner of 12th and Ivy, adjacent to Les Schwab Tires. “God of Carnage” is produced with special consideration by Dramatists Play Service.


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