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The Broadway production of Yasmina Reza's GOD OF CARNAGE opens on Sunday, March 22. The play, directed by Matthew Warchus began previews on Saturday, February 28 at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street).

Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden star in GOD OF CARNAGE, the new play by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Matthew Warchus.

GOD OF CARNAGE reunites the creative team that staged the Tony Award-winning Best Play, Art. Designed by Mark Thompson (sets and costumes), with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker & Chris Cronin, the play has music by Gary Yershon.

GOD OF CARNAGE is a comedy of manners without the manners. The play deals with the aftermath of a playground altercation between two boys and what happens when their parents meet to talk about it.

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or in person at the Jacobs Theatre box office, 242 West 45th Street. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

The performance schedule for GOD OF CARNAGE is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. Please note that beginning the week of March 23, Tuesday performances are at 7:00pm.

Jeff Daniels (Alan Raleigh). Broadway: Fifth of July (Drama Desk Award), The Golden Age, and Redwood Curtain. Off-Broadway: Circle Repertory's Johnny Got His Gun (Obie Award), Lemon Sky at Second Stage (Drama Desk Nomination), and Blackbird at the Manhattan Theatre Club (Drama League Nomination). As Founder and Executive Director of Michigan's Purple Rose Theatre Company, he has written twelve plays, including Guest Artist (Runner Up, Steinberg New Play Award), Across The Way (Finalist, Steinberg New Play Award), and this coming fall at the PRTC, Escanaba. As an accomplished singer-songwriter who has toured across the country, proceeds from his recordings (jeffdaniels.com) support his theatre. Mr. Daniels has appeared in over fifty films, including The Squid And The Whale (Golden Globe Nomination), Something Wild (Golden Globe Nomination), The Purple Rose Of Cairo (Golden Globe Nomination), Gettysburg, Pleasantville, Terms Of Endearment, The Hours, 101 Dalmatians, Dumb And Dumber, Speed, The Lookout, Fly Away Home, Good Night And Good Luck, Infamous, Arachnophobia, Ragtime, State Of Play, as well as the upcoming Arlen Faber, Away We Go, and Paper Man.

Hope Davis (Annette) appeared in Ivanov and Two Shakespearean Actors, both for Lincoln Center Theater. Her off-Broadway credits include Spinning Into Butter (LCT), Nicky Silver's plays Pterodactyls and The Food Chain; The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theater) and Speed-the-Plow (Remains Theater). She played "Hope" in Charlie Kaufman's play Hope Leaves the Theater opposite Meryl Streep and she played Helena to Marcia Gay Harden's Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream with the New York Philharmonic. Her extensive film credits include The Daytrippers; Next Stop, Wonderland; Arlington Road; Mumford; About Schmidt; Duma; The Weather Man; Proof; The Hoax; The Matador; Infamous; Charlie Bartlett; The Secret Lives of Dentists; Synecdoche, NY; and American Splendor, for which she received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe nomination. She will next be seen in the upcoming season of HBO's "In Treatment" and in the upcoming Michael Winterbottom film Genoa.

James Gandolfini (Michael Vallon) is best known for his performance as Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos," for which he received a Golden Globe, four SAG Awards and three Emmy Awards. He made his Broadway debut when he appeared with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin in A Streetcar Named Desire. His numerous film credits include Romance & Cigarettes; The Man Who Wasn't There; The Castle; The Mexican; Get Shorty; the upcoming The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3; Where The Wild Things Are; In the Loop and Welcome to the Rileys. He executive-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Documentary Film "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq."

Marcia Gay Harden (Veronica) made her Broadway debut in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, for which she received a Tony Award® nomination, and a Drama Desk and Theatre World Award. She performed in Sam Shepard's Sympatico at the Public with Ed Harris, and in David Rabe's Those the River Keeps with Anthony LaPaglia. In Central Park, she played Masha in The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols, sharing the stage with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman. She received an Academy Award® for her performance in Pollock and an Academy Award® nomination for Mystic River. Her numerous film roles include The Spitfire Grill; Miller's Crossing; The First Wives Club; Mona Lisa Smile; Used People; The Hoax; Meet Joe Black; Into the Wild; Casa de los Babys; Space Cowboys, and The Mist. Her TV credits include "Damages" and "Law and Order: SVU," for which she received an Emmy® nomination. She earned her Bachelor's from the University of Texas and her Master's from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Matthew Warchus (Director) was recently represented on Broadway by Boeing, Boeing. His other Broadway credits are Yasmina Reza's Art and Life (x) 3; Follies, and True West. He has received three Tony Award and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Off-Broadway, he directed Ms. Reza's The Unexpected Man. His numerous West End credits include The Norman Conquests; Speed-the-Plow; God of Carnage; The Lord of the Rings; The Life of Stuff; Art; True West; The Unexpected Man; Our House; Tell Me on a Sunday, and Endgame. At The National Theatre he has directed Volpone, Life (x) 3, and Buried Child. At the RSC he has directed Henry V, The Devil is an Ass, Hamlet and The Winter's Tale. His operas, for Opera North, The Royal Opera and English National Opera, include Troilus and Cressida, The Rake's Progress, Falstaff and Cosi Fan Tutte.

Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a French playwright and novelist based in Paris whose works have all been multi-award winning, critical and popular international successes. Her play, Art, won Olivier, Tony, and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. The National Theatre production of Life (x) 3 received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play. Other plays include Conversations After A Burial; The Passage of Winter, The Spanish Play, and The Unexpected Man. Those plays, as well as Art and Life (x) 3 have been translated into 35 languages and produced worldwide. Her last novel, Dawn Dusk or Night (Knopf 2008), has been translated worldwide.

Christopher Hampton (Translator). Christopher Hampton's plays and musicals have garnered two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award, while prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Plays include The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist (to be revived on Broadway this season with Matthew Broderick) and Total Eclipse. He wrote the book and lyrics (with Don Black) for the musicals Sunset Boulevard and Dracula and the libretto for the Philip Glass operas Waiting For The Barbarians and Appomattox. He has translated extensively: Chekhov, Ibsen, Molière, Ödön von Horvàth and Yasmina Reza (including Art [Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play] and Lifex3). His screenplays include The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed. His most recently released film, Atonement, won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture. Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears, premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

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Photos by Joan Marcus


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