The calamitous parental battle royale, which centers on two sets of parents attempting to settle a playground dispute between their sons, was seen on Broadway in 2009 after an acclaimed London run. God of Carnage will bow at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre April 5 for a run through May 15. An opening night has been set for April 13.
Broadway producers Robert Fox, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company and The Shubert Organization have aligned with Center Theatre Group to present the L.A. engagement.
The cast will reunite with their Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, who also staged the London production (with different actors). Representatives for CTG said it had not been determined whether the Los Angeles run would include the original Broadway lighting, scenic and costume designs.
The entire cast of God of Carnage earned Best Actor/Actress Tony nominations, respectively, for their work on Broadway. Harden took home the award for her performance. God of Carnage also earned Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction for Matthew Warchus.
God of Carnage and its original starry cast played to sold-out houses Bernard Jacobs Theatre following its March 22, 2009, opening. The play had been originally billed as a limited run, but critical raves prompted an extension (with the original cast in tow). Throughout 452-performance Broadway run, God of Carnage welcomed a host of celebrity cast members, including Dylan Baker, Christine Lahti, Lucy Liu, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits and original London players Janet McTeer and Ken Stott. Roman Polanski is also at work on a film adaptation of the play, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz among the cast.
Tickets for God of Carnage will go on sale to the general public Jan. 30. Phone the Center Theatre Group at (213) 972-4400 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.
Jeff Daniels is known for such film work as "The Squid and The Whale," "Dumb & Dumber," "Terms of Endearment," "Gettysburg" and more. Daniels appeared on Broadway in Redwood Curtain, Fifth of July and The Golden Age and Off-Broadway in Blackbird. Daniels has also written plays, many of which have been staged at Chelsea, Michigan's Purple Rose Theatre Company — of which he is founder and executive director.
Hope Davis has been seen on Broadway in Ivanov and Two Shakespearean Actors. Her screen credits include "A Special Relationship," "In Treatment," "American Splendor," "The Secret Lives of Dentists," "Six Degrees," "Deadline," "Infamous" and "Proof," among others.
Marcia Gay Harden was Tony-nominated for her performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and was also seen on Broadway in Angels in America: Perestroika. She won an Academy Award for her performance in "Pollock" and was Oscar-nominated for her work in "Mystic River."
Emmy Award winner James Gandolfini has appeared on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) and On the Waterfront (1995). He is best known, however, for playing Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos."