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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE
SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF GOD OF CARNAGE

SAN DIEGO (July 5, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the San Diego Premiere of God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton.  The Tony Award-winning comedy is directed by Richard Seer and will run July 27 – Sept. 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run July 27 – Aug. 1.  Opening night is Thursday, Aug. 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

In God of Carnage, two sets of parents gather in an upscale Brooklyn home to discuss a playground altercation between their sons.  At first civility is upheld, but as the conversation goes off track and the rum bottle opens, decorum flies out the window and leads to a hilarious afternoon of name-calling, tantrums and tears.  Yasmina Reza’s comedy is a four-way prizefight that is not to be missed.

The cast of God of Carnage features Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program alumni Caitlin Muelder (Annette Raleigh), Erika Rolfsrud (Veronica Novak) and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Michael Novak).  Muelder appeared at the Globe in Vincent in Brixton, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello, and her Broadway credits include the Tony Award-nominated production of The Invention of Love.  Rolfsrud’s Globe credits include Sea of Tranquility, The Seagull, Cymbeline, Henry IV, Dancing at Lughnasa, Macbeth and The Gate of Heaven, and she has appeared on Broadway in The Coast of Utopia, Exit the King and Rabbit Hole.  Rooney appeared at the Globe in last season’s Death of a Salesman in addition to All My Sons, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Twelfth Night, and he was featured on Broadway in The Country Girl and Henry IV directed by Jack O’Brien.

Rounding out the cast is T. Ryder Smith (Alan Raleigh), who has previously appeared at the Globe in Cornelia, In This Corner and Lincolnesque, for which he won a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award.  He has been seen on Broadway in War Horse and Equus.

The creative team includes Robert Morgan (Scenic and Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a two-time Tony Award-winning French playwright and novelist based in Paris whose works have all been critical and popular international successes, produced worldwide and translated into 35 languages.  She has written seven plays: Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life (x) 3, A Spanish Play, God of Carnage and How You Talk the Game.  She has also written six novels: Hammerklavier, Une Desolation (Desolation), Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer, Nulle Part and L'Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit (Dawn Dusk or Night).  The 2011 film version of God of Carnage was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz.  Her other films include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz directed by Didier Martiny and Chicas, written and directed by Reza.

Christopher Hampton (Translator) has garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for his plays, musicals and translations.  Prizes for his film and television work include an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writers Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia and a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.  His plays for the Royal Court Theatre include Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Total Eclipse, Marya and When Did You Last See My Mother?  His other plays include Embers, Three Sisters, Art, Sunset Boulevard, The Talking Cure, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, White Chameleon, Tales from Hollywood, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Tales from the Vienna Woods, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Life (x) 3, Tartuffe, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Unexpected Man and Conversations After a Burial.  Hampton’s plays have been performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre, Royal National Theatre and both on the West End and Broadway.  His television credits include The Ginger Tree, Hotel du Lac, “The History Man,” and Able’s Will.  He has written the screenplays for A Dangerous Method, Atonement, Imagining Argentina, The Quiet American, The Secret Agent, Mary Reilly, Carrington, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Wolf at the Door, The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Tales from the Vienna Woods and A Doll’s House.

Richard Seer (Director) is an award-winning director and actor and has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television and in over 70 productions at regional theaters in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Sybil Thorndike Theatre in England.  He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard’s Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance.  At The Old Globe, he has directed productions of Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange (San Diego Critics Circle Award), All My Sons, Da and Old Wicked Songs (Patté Award).  Recent directing assignments also include Third (Huntington Theatre Company) and Bill W. and Dr. Bob and Sonia Flew (San Jose Repertory Theatre).  He has been Director of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993.  In 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel Distinguished Professorship.

TICKETS to God of Carnage can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on July 27 and continue through Sept. 2.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Friday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of God of Carnage include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: God of Carnage
Monday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE

Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: God of Carnage
Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15.  FREE

Discuss the play with members of the God of Carnage cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes two drinks from the hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to God of Carnage are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, Aug. 3 and 10 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to God of Carnage are sold separately.)

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARRichard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), Divine Rivalry (7/7-8/5), God of Carnage (7/27-9/2), Allegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/21), Good People (9/29-10/28).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

CAITLIN MUELDER (Annette Raleigh) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in Vincent in Brixton, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paramour and Othello.  Her Broadway and Off Broadway credits include The Invention of Love (Lincoln Center Theater, Tony Award nominee for Best Play) and Engaged (Theatre for a New Audience).  Her regional credits include the West Coast premiere of Ten Cent Night (The Victory Theatre Center), Pains of Youth (Tooth & Nail Theatre), Heartbreak House (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), The Tempest (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Real Hush-Hush (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Best Supporting Actress, The Charlotte Observer), Closer (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Best Supporting Actress, Cincinnati Reader), her one-woman show Amelia Earhart/Solitaire (Edinburgh International Festival and Knox College) and the U.S. premiere of Anna Karenina (Harbach Theatre), among others.  Her film and television credits include “L2 Living” (pilot), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” “Don’t Make Me Sick,” Brooke Beckman: Haunted MD, Gordon Complex, Thanksgiving Seconds, Going In, If You Could Say It in Words, Fallen Angel and Woods.  Muelder’s improv and comedy credits include Art is About to Happen, Meg and Caitlin Go on Dates and Swinko, Swinko Little Star (Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles), The Lesser of Two Biebers (The Second City Hollywood) and The Caitlin Muelder Show and The Ann Coulter Christmas Special (Funny or Die and YouTube)Muelder is a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program (Shiley Award).

ERIKA ROLFSRUD (Veronica Novak) has performed at the Globe in Sea of Tranquility, The Seagull, Cymbeline, Henry IV, Dancing at Lughnasa, Macbeth and The Gate of Heaven.  Her credits include the Broadway productions of The Coast of Utopia, Exit the King and Rabbit Hole.  Her Off Broadway credits include Electra in a One-Piece, Dally with the Devil, Misalliance, The Cocktail Party, The Glory of Living, How I Learned to Drive, Love’s Fire, Trout Stanley, O Pioneers! and We Play for the Gods.  Regionally, Rolfsrud has appeared in The Little Dog Laughed (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play), the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (Cleveland Play House), Black Pearl Sings (Ford’s Theatre), Rabbit Hole and The Dazzle (Hartford Stage), Rabbit Hole (Pittsburgh Public Theater), I Capture the Castle (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Outrage (The Wilma Theater), Bad Dates (Arizona Theatre Company), Jumpers (A Contemporary Theatre), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  She was featured in the film Alone and has been seen on television in “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “Third Watch,” “As the World Turns” and “NYC 22.”  She received an M.F.A. from the Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program. 

LUCAS CALEB ROONEY (Michael Novak) has appeared in the Globe productions Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Twelfth Night.  He has appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand, directed by Mike Nichols, and Henry IV with Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke, directed by Jack O’Brien.  His Off Broadway credits include Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature Theatre Company), Yellow Face (The Public Theater), Creation (Theatre 315), Polish Play (Katharsis Theater Company), She Stoops to Conquer (Irish Repertory Theatre) and Mimesophobia (The Beckett Theatre).  Regionally he has appeared in The Orphan’s Home Cycle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage), Yellow Face (Mark Taper Forum), The Tempest (Franklin Stage Company), A Streetcar Named Desire (Cleveland Play House) and Dirty Blonde (Pittsburgh Public Theater).  Rooney’s television credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Person of Interest,” “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” “Journeyman,” “Law & Order,” “Kidnapped” and “Six Degrees.”  He has appeared in the films The Miracle of Belle Isle, On Broadway and One Last Thing.  He received an M.F.A. from the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program. 

T. RYDER SMITH (Alan Raleigh) has appeared previously at The Old Globe in Cornelia, In This Corner and Lincolnesque (Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play).  On Broadway, he has been seen in War Horse (original American company) and Equus opposite Daniel Radcliffe.  His other New York work includes Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons), Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel (Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance) and the world premieres of plays by Richard Foreman, Anne Washburn and David Greenspan, among others.  His regional theater work includes the premiere productions of Doug Wright’s Creditors (La Jolla Playhouse), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Tanya Barfield’s Of Equal Measure (Center Theater Group) and Charles Mee’s Big Love (Humana Festival of New American Plays), as well as Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, a collaboration between Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Orchestra, and the site-specific Waiting for Godot (in New Orleans) (Classical Theatre of Harlem)Smith’s film and television credits include appearances on “Damages,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Nurse Jackie”and, on PBS, Becoming Helen Keller and the upcoming Souls on Fire: The Abolitionists.  Smith supplies voices for the television series “The Venture Brothers,” the video game Bioshock, many audiobooks and the annual Bloomsday readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses on WBAI Radio.

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FACT SHEET

GOD OF CARNAGE
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Richard Seer

RUNS:  July 27 – Sept. 2, 2012
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  Two sets of parents gather to discuss a playground altercation between their sons, which leads to a hilarious afternoon of name-calling, tantrums and tears.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Yasmina Reza (Playwright), Christopher Hampton (Translator), Richard Seer (Director), Robert Morgan (Scenic and Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Caitlin Muelder (Annette Raleigh), Erika Rolfsrud (Veronica Novak), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Michael Novak) and T. Ryder Smith (Alan Raleigh).

PREVIEWS:
Jul 27 FRI 8pm
Jul 29 SUN 7pm
Jul 31 TUE 7pm
Aug 1 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Aug 2 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Aug 3 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Aug 4 SAT 2pm
Aug 4 SAT 8pm
Aug 5 SUN 2pm
Aug 5 SUN 7pm
Aug 7 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 8 WED 7pm
Aug 9 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
Aug 10 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Aug 11 SAT 2pm
Aug 11 SAT 8pm
Aug 12 SUN 2pm
Aug 12 SUN 7pm
Aug 14 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 15 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 16 THU 8pm
Aug 17 FRI 8pm
Aug 18 SAT 2pm
Aug 18 SAT 8pm
Aug 19 SUN 2pm
Aug 19 SUN 7pm
Aug 21 TUE 7pm
Aug 22 WED 7pm
Aug 23 THU 8pm
Aug 24 FRI 8pm
Aug 25 SAT 2pm
Aug 25 SAT 8pm
Aug 26 SUN 2pm
Aug 26 SUN 7pm
Aug 28 TUE 7pm
Aug 29 WED 7pm
Aug 30 THU 8pm
Aug 31 FRI 8pm
Sep 1 SAT 2pm
Sep 1 SAT 8pm
Sep 2 SUN 2pm
Sep 2 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Fridays, Aug. 3 and 10 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org