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 for a noble purpose - for the sake of their children. I would see this show and feel tremendous empathy for all of these characters and hope for their redemption.
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