Wednesday, March 7, 2012 — A comedy about manners, without the manners...2009 Tony Award® winner for Best Play rewards bad behavior in a good way!


SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 7, 2012) -From political correctness to character assassination, bad behavior has never been so good (or hilarious) as it is in San Jose Rep’s God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award® for Best Play. Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, this production makes its Bay Area Premiere at San Jose Rep from March 22 - April 15, 2012.

“Sticks and stones can break my bones...” but when Benjamin hits Henry at a nearby park, it starts two sets of parents on a comically explosive downhill slide destined for debauchery. In this universally acclaimed comedy by the author of ‘ART’, two sets of adults come together for a civilized evening of coffee, cake, and conversation about their kids.

But frayed nerves soon surface and the grown-ups begin to outdo their pugnacious children in bad behavior and moral corruption, disproving the notion that “words can never hurt me." God of Carnage is a hilariously harrowing look at the minefield of modern marriage.

The production runs from March 22 to April 15, 2012 with Press Opening Night on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the San Jose Rep Box Office at 101 Paseo de San Antonio or can be purchased online at or by calling 408.367.7255. God of Carnage contains mature language.

“It’s special joy to work on a play that isn’t afraid to have its characters behave horribly and savagely  -- but only in the most delicious and hilarious ways,” says San Jose Rep Artistic Director Rick Lombardo, who is director for this production. “In this company we have four fearless actors who are going to take us along on this very wild comic ride.  As the audience watches these two ‘highly civilized’ couples devolve into practically Neanderthal behavior over a simple dispute, we are reminded how very close to the caveman we may all still be.”

This sharp-edged comedy takes us on a rollercoaster ride to twisted depths and hilarious contradictions. The men gang up on the women, the women gang up on the men, and what begins as a calm, rational debate among adults quickly devolves into a hysterical night of name calling, finger-pointing, and throwing things as they take us on a journey into the heart of human chaos and savage instinct.

The New York Times said  “Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly.” And the New York Post described it as “Gleefully nasty fun.”  

Benajmin Evett (Alan)
Joey Parsons (Annette)
Amy Resnick (Veronica)
Bob Sorenson (Michael)

Regularly priced tickets for God of Carnage  range from $29 to $74 with student tickets priced from from $10 to $37.  Seniors and teachers receive $6 off the ticket price.

Approx. Performance Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

About San Jose Rep:
San Jose Rep is the premier non-profit, professional theatre company in the South Bay, presenting six to seven main stage productions each year. Now in its 31st year as a major contributor to the South Bay’s cultural community, San Jose Rep’s mission is to engage, entertain and inspire people. San Jose Rep produces innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote life-long learning, and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse community. For more information, visit


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