Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day, Christy Pusz Face God of Carnage at the Huntington Jan. 6

Manners evaporate when parents sit for coffee and dessert in the Huntington Theatre Company production of God of Carnage, starring feature Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephen Bogardus, Johanna Day and Christy Pusz. The Tony-winning hit begins Boston performances Jan. 6.

Brooks Ashmanskas and Christy Pusz
Brooks Ashmanskas and Christy Pusz (Photo by Paul Marotta)

Daniel Goldstein, who directed the current Broadway revival of Godspell, stages Yasmina Reza's Tony and Olivier Award-winning play that officially opens Jan. 11 for a run through Feb. 6.

Tony nominee Ashmanskas ( Promises, Promises; The Ritz; Present Laughter) plays Alan with Pusz ( Talk Radio, Dinner at Eight) as his wife Annette. They spar on stage with Tony nominees Bogardus ( Falsettos, Les Miserables) as Michael and Day ( Proof, August: Osage County) as Veronica.

God of Carnage has scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Charles Schoonmaker, lighting design by Tyler Micoleay and sound design by Brett R. Jarvis.

Here's how the Huntington bills the play: "When Annette and Alan Raleigh's son hits Michael and Veronica Novak's with a stick in a nasty schoolyard tangle, the two couples meet to discuss the problem. But all attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast, furious, and very funny comedy of bad manners."

God of Carnage opened to raves on Broadway March 22, 2009, where it played to sold-out houses with its original cast. The production closed June 6, 2010, after 452 regular performances and 24 previews. It won the Tony Award for Best Play. A film adaptation by Reza and Roman Polanski received a limited release Dec. 16. It stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.

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Here's a look at the production.