Theater By the Book wraps season with ‘God of Carnage’ at Miners Foundry |

Theater By the Book wraps season with ‘God of Carnage’ at Miners Foundry

Submitted to Prospector
Photo (l to r) Lois Ewing, Ken Miele, Cathy Callas, and Tom Taylor.
Submitted photo to Prospector


WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: God of Carnage

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone 530-265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.


On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present “God of Carnage,” written by Yasmina Reza and directed by John Deaderick, as part of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

This 90-minute thrill ride takes you into the most dangerous place on earth: Parenthood.

An innocent squabble over a playground incident becomes an all-out, fur-flying, hilarious brawl between two couples in this 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Play. The script goes for every kind of laugh in the book, from one-liners to sight gags and physical comedy, plus humor both deadpan and gross-out.

“I first became aware of playwright Yasmina Reza through her play ‘Art,’ which I loved. And I saw Polanski’s film, title shortened to ‘Carnage’, and loved it too,” explains Deaderick on what attracted him to the play and script. “The text shoots arrows at so many targets: big pharmaceutical, cell phones, lawyers, artistic pretension; it’s so relevant, so fresh, and it’s so much fun.”

Originally written in French, “God of Carnage” premiered in London in 2008 and quickly became a huge success. It has since gone on to be translated into several languages and be performed around the world by well-known actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Christine Lahti, Lucy Liu, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden (who won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role). In 2011, Roman Polanski directed the film adaption of the play, which starred Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.

Reading for this production of Theater By the Book is a cast of seasoned professionals including Lois Masten Ewing, Ken Miele, Tom Taylor and Cathy Callas.

“The play requires a finely tuned cast to pull it off,” says Deaderick on how he selected his cast. “I have worked previously with all of them, some like Tom and Ken since the early 1980s. Lois and I traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 to perform there. We are all comfortably familiar with one another, and that matters more than anything, really.”

“God of Carnage” wraps the 2018 season of Theater By the Book at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.