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Theatre's Presentation of 'God of Carnage' Opens Feb. 21


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Department of Theatre continues the 2019-20 season with “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, at 7:30 p.m. in Simpson Theatre, located in Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus.

On a playground in Brooklyn, Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four parents meet for a civil discussion of the incident. While the evening begins with polite pleasantries, it veers off course into rum-fueled vitriol as the adults devolve into bickering children. Reza’s comic masterpiece displays humanity at its most primal and most hilarious extremes.

The cast includes Carson Ecker, a theatre major from Bryant, as Alan Raleigh; Amy Faughn, a theatre and psychology major from Jonesboro, as Annette Raleigh; Bryce Moore, a theatre major from White Hall, as Michael Novak; and Hayley Scott, a theatre major from North Little Rock, as Veronica Novak.

The director is Brandon Sterrett, instructor of theatre, with Claire Thomas, a theatre major from Batesville, as the assistant director. Scenic design is by Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of theatre.

Deaa Sims, a theatre major from West Memphis, is the scenic charge artist. Costume design is by Claire Abernathy, assistant professor of theatre, and Alissa Hughes, a theatre major from Monette, as assistant costume designer.  Lighting design is by Elizabeth Escobedo, a theatre major from Russellville. Sound design is by Caisa Sanburg, assistant professor of theatre.

The stage manager is Grace Dial, a theatre major from Paragould. Assistant stage managers are theatre majors Paydon Bradley of Trumann, Alec Lazarani of Memphis, and Kaitlyn Vacco of Yellville.

The prop master is Whitley Fore, a theatre major from Harrisburg. The master electrician is Cody Preston, a strategic communication major from Bono. The house manager is Starke McGehee, a theatre major from Arezzo, Italy. The sound board operator is Jonathan Clark, a theatre major from Batesville, and light board operator is Mallory Smith, a theatre major from Bono.

Wardrobe crew includes theatre majors Bailey Larrison of Little Rock and Jericho Smith of McCrory. The publicist is theatre major Kori Denison, from Batesville.

“God of Carnage” contains adult themes and language that may be upsetting to younger viewers.

Tickets for “God of Carnage” can be purchased at AState.edu/tickets or by calling the A-State Box Office Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 p.m. at 870-972-2781. Admission is $10-15. Groups of 10 or more should call the box office regarding group sales.

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