God of Carnage to Make Chicago Debut at the Goodman

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Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning Best Play, God of Carnage, will make its Chicago premiere at the Goodman Theatre beginning March 5, 2011.

In God of Carnage, press notes state, "Alan and Annette's son hits Michael and Veronica's son with a stick, and the two couples meet to discuss the problem over appetizers. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly devolves into a scrappy, laugh-out-loud evening."

Carnage earned three Tony Awards (including Best Play) as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. The London production won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. The play is currently running on Broadway, slated to close June 27, 2010.

Casting and creative team for the Goodman run will be announced at a later date.

The Goodman Theatre's 2010-2011 season follows:

In the Albert Theatre: Candide
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Mary Zimmerman
Sept. 17–Oct. 26, 2010

In this racy musical satire, "naive Candide is banished for romancing the Baron’s daughter, only to be plagued by a series of absurd hardships that challenge his optimistic outlook of life and love."

By Regina Taylor
Starts January 2011
A world premiere
Jan. 15–Feb. 20, 2011

"Fiercely independent Iris has made a successful life for herself as a journalist in New York City, but when her marriage fails, she begins to unravel. In search of solace, Iris returns to her mother’s house in Texas, but her homecoming proves more confounding than consoling when her mother makes a shocking announcement. As long-buried family secrets come to light, Iris must face her past and make some difficult decisions about the future."

God of Carnage
By Yasmina Reza
A Chicago premiere
March 5–April 10, 2011

Stage Kiss
By Sarah Ruhl
A World Premiere Goodman Theatre commission
April 30–June 5, 2011

"When ex-lovers HE and SHE are thrown together as romantic leads in an outrageously dreadful melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage begins to follow them offstage. Stage Kiss is a hilarious, off-beat fairy-tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one…"

By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Leigh Silverman
A world premiere produced in association with The Public Theater
June 18–July 24, 2011

"When American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to make an important deal, he finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn't understand – and is more complex than he ever imagined."

In the Owen Theatre:

The Seagull
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Robert Falls
Oct. 16–Nov. 14, 2010

"When famed actress Irina visits her family with her young lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love."

By Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by May Adrales
A World Premiere Goodman Theatre Commission
Feb. 5-March 6, 2011

"At the height of what Time magazine dubbed 'AIDS hysteria' in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents’ house in Virginia where nothing has changed since the 1800s—including the slave quarters."

For tickets call (312) 443-3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org.

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