God of Carnage, with Daniels, Davis, Gandolfini and Harden, Arrives on Broadway Feb. 28

By Adam Hetrick
28 Feb 2009

Hope Davis with Jeff Daniels; Marcia Gay Harden with James Gandolfini
Hope Davis with Jeff Daniels; Marcia Gay Harden with James Gandolfini
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The American premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, begins previews at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre Feb. 28.

Tony nominee Matthew Warchus, who also staged Reza's Art and Life (x) 3 on Broadway, directs the comedy, which will officially opens March 22. Playwright Christopher Hampton translated the Olivier Award-nominated work, which concluded its successful London run last summer, also under the direction of Warchus.

God of Carnage, according to press notes, "is a comedy of manners without the manners. The play deals with the aftermath of a playground altercation between two boys and what happens when their parents meet to talk about it."

The Broadway production reunites the West End creative team: set and costume designer Mark Thompson, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone and sound designers Simon Baker and Chris Cronin with music by Gary Yershon.



Jeff Daniels was recently seen in the new musical Turn of the Century at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The actor is also 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 "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."

God of Carnage is produced on Broadway by Robert Fox, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company and The Shubert Organization.

For tickets, visit Telecharge. The Bernard Jacobs Theatre is located in Manhattan at 242 West 45th Street.

For further information, visit GodofCarnage.