God of Carnage
A comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
March 18 - April 2, 2016
Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile.
THE STORY: A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two Northern California couples for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.
Meet the Cast
* Member of of Actors' Equity Association. God of Carnage is an Equity-approved project.
Melissa Claire (Veronica) is thrilled to be part of the ferocious cast. She will next be seen as Vanda in Venus in Fur for Marin Onstage this May. Credits include: Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), One Man, Two Guvnors (Dolly), As You Like it (Rosalind), Clybourne Park (Betsy/Lindsey), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Ariel), Avenue Q (Lucy/Nicky/Trekkie 2nd), Noises Off (Brooke), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Claire). She is a seven-time San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle acting nominee and a Best Costume Design award winner (2015) and a Theatre Bay Area Best Principal Actress nominee and a proud part of the 2015 Best Ensemble winning cast of Clybourne Park. She was the recipient of a directing/acting internship with the Yale School of Drama Summer Cabaret and an individual artist grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. Thanks to Carl and Bella.
Heather Gordon (Annette) A.R.T Moscow Art Theater & Harvard University (MFA in acting). Local highlights include the role of “Billie Dawn” in Born Yesterday at Cinnabar Theatre and Public Exposure at 6th Street Playhouse. Most recently, she performed in Stop Kiss at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. On film, Ms. Gordon won critical acclaim and several film festival awards for her portrayal of “Clea” in the film, Seducing Charlie Barker, based on the play The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, in which Heather also performed in the West Coast premiere. Internationally, she’s performed at A.R.T. at Harvard (lead in The Donkey Show, Dir. Diane Paulus), Shakespeare Theatre Co. (Washington D.C. honoring Sir Ian McKellen), and the world renowned Moscow Art Theater. Heather embodied lead character, “Elizabeth,” in the #1 video game of 2013, BioShock Infinite. Heather has recorded with award winning Music Producer, Glen Ballard, including giving voice to the lead female character in his upcoming Broadway musical. She couldn't be more thrilled to be back on stage here in the Bay Area and working alongside all of the exceptional people at LeftEdge Theatre! Special thanks to all the amazing people who have loved and supported her through this journey.
Ron Severdia (Michael) While studying at ACT, Ron played the title role in the Exit Theatre's controversial reverse-cast production of Othello. Starting as a magician when he was nine, he wrote and performed in Houdini: The Great Escape, a play he wrote. He has traveled Europe where he performed in Shakespeare festivals and television. He performed in King Lear at Marin Shakespeare, Blithe Spirit and The Foreigner at the Ross Valley Players. He was seen recently in the Left Edge Theatre production of Seminar and has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Awards, one for his solo adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Nick Sholley (Alan) has acted around the Bay Area for 20 years. Most recently, he appeared as Clarence in “Richard III” (Marin Shakespeare Company), as Ian in “Shining City” by Conor McPherson (Main Stage West), and as Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” (Marin Shakespeare Company), for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination as Best Actor. Before that, he spent many years as an artistic core member of Porchlight Theatre Company in Ross, where his favorite roles included Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Frederick Arnott in “Enchanted April” (co-produced with Cinnabar Theatre), and Medvedenko in “The Seagull”. He is thrilled to be a part of Left Edge’s inaugural season. Thanks to Thais and baby Sid for their love, constancy, and laughter.
Argo Thompson (Director) has produced, directed and acted in over 100 plays in Sonoma County, his favorites include Fully Committed, Santaland Diaries and Angels in America. He joined Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County in 1997 and helped grow the company from 60 subscribers to over 600 in just 6 years. As Executive Director of 6th Street Playhouse he helped raise $1.3 million and led the renovation project of an historic warehouse into a state-of-the-art theatre. He attracted over a million people to events in Marin by creating an online social arts network while Executive Director of the Marin Arts Council. As Director of Communications for Theatre Bay Area Argo helped establish an online commiunity of over 3000 theatre artists and 300 arts organizations. He was awarded Top Five Arts Makers by the Press Democrat (2004) and Arts Maker of the Year by the Northern California Bohemian (2003). He earned a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.
Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter best known for her plays 'Art' and God of Carnage. Many of her brief satiric plays reflected on contemporary middle-class issues.
Christopher James Hampton (Translator) is a Portuguese British playwright, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereusesand the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) for which, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.