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Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage Coming to ICT

December 13th, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Playbill

There are very few writers living today who have had the success that French playwright, screenwriter and novelist Yazmina Reza has. Born to an Iranian father and Hungarian mother, Reza’s work has been produced and translated into over 30 languages, including God of Carnage, which will kick off International City Theatre’s 2012 season in January.

Reza began her career as an actress but soon found that her calling was in writing plays. Her very first play, Conversations After a Burial, won the Moliere Award (French equivalent of the Tony Award) for Best Author. Her second play, Winter Crossing, won a Moliere Award in 1990, making it undeniable that Reza was an international star of the stage.

Art was Reza’s third produced play and that went on to win Moliere, Olivier and Tony Awards. She then took some time away from the stage to write five novels. She would not come back to the theatre until 2007 when God of Carnage premiered. In 2009, it won the Tony Award for Best Play, solidifying Reza’s place as one of the most important theatre artists of this generation.

God of Carnage is a savagely caustic comedy about a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, it quickly deteriorates into a fur-flying hilarious brawl, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

Yasmina Reza is one of the most accomplished writers living today. Come see why when God of Carnage opens at International City Theatre.

God of Carnage runs January 24 – February 19 at International City Theatre. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 562-436-4610 or visiting

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