'God of Carnage' staged at DAC, with new Darfur exhibit
"God Of Carnage," Yasmina Reza's comedy and winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best play, is now on stage at the Darien Arts Center, while a new exhibit, "The Smallest Witness: Drawings from the Children of Darfur," is also on view.
In "God of Carnage," two couples meet in one couple's Brooklyn apartment to discuss a fight between their 11-year old-sons, a conflict leaving one boy with two broken teeth. Their attempt to reach closure with the incident soon devolves into chaos. Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times wrote, "The bell rings. Pleasant chatter begins. Coffee and pastry are served. But the gentility soon gives way to the hurling of insults ... physical assault, wanton destruction of a cellphone, rampaging battery by tulip and other assorted forms of bad behavior."
During the couples' meeting in the play, one of the women makes mention of a book about Darfur, and has led to the DAC hosting the art exhibit which depicts the impact of domestic and international conflicts on children.
The "Smallest Witness: Drawings from the Children of Darfur" exhibit has toured galleries and museums internationally. This collection of drawings was created when a pediatrician working for Human Rights Watch first gave paper and crayons to refugee children from Darfur.
"God of Carnage" will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 with matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16. Tickets can be purchased at www.darienarts.org or by calling the box office at 203-655-5414.
Performances are at the Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall.
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.