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God of Carnage - meet cast member Jack Stein

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
I play Alan Raleigh, a bulldog of a corporate lawyer who likes to be in control of his situations.  As a social worker by profession, I'm pretty much the antithesis of Alan, particularly with respect to his ethics and attitudes.  It's been an interesting challenge to tap into what makes him tick and find some humanity in the man!  This play is incredibly written and is like being on a 90 minute roller coaster.

What do you want the audience to experience/take away from God of Carnage?
Humans are unique beings but there's only a fine line separating us as such.  We need to keep reminding ourselves of this uniqueness, especially when witnessing so many unfortunate savage atrocities going on in the world.

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
This is a true ensemble experience, which means the play is only as powerful as we are as a functioning team.  It's been terrific growing together w…

God of Carnage - meet director Christopher Dykton


God of Carnage - meet cast member Allison Block

Tell us a little bit about your character, Annette Raleigh.
Annette is the reserved, tightly-wound wife of Alan and mother of eleven year old Benjamin (the assailant in the boys' quarrel).  She comes to the Novak's home to settle the issue between the boys and make peace.  In watching her husband express his indifference for being there and his growing combative attitude, she begins to unravel in very unexpected and physical ways.

What are some of the challenges for you in working on God of Carnage?
The subject matter is close to the heart (I am a mother of two school-aged children), but very dark, so it often takes me places I am reluctant to feel as a parent.  The premise of the play is also deceptively simple and the challenges of sometimes playing a darker moment filled with oddly comic elements are everywhere in the script.

What do yo hope audiences will take away from this play?
It's a moment in time.  An evening when four people are not at their best, but are meeting …

God of Carnage - meet cast member Chuck Dluhy

Meet Chuck Dluhy, playing Michael Novak in LTA's upcoming God of Carnage!

Tell us a little bit about your character.
Michael Novak is the father of Henry who was injured by another boy during a playground altercation.  He is very "blue collar", down to earth, laid back, somewhat of a bigot and tends to avoid confrontations.  He appears to be a "yes man" to his wife early in the play, but then becomes very vocal and opinionated when threatened.  After receiving several personal attacks on his character and masculinity from the other boy's parents, he's quick to anger and reveals other dark feelings that even his wife may be unaware of.

What have you learned about yourself in playing the role of Michael Novak?
That as an actor, you sometimes have to draw on those dark aspects of yourself that remain hidden and that you may not want to admit that you have them.  This helps me provide a more authentic character to the audience.

What do you find appealing about…