DIRECTOR'S TAKE: Scott Ford on "God of Carnage"

I would say that above all, my plays are about people who are well-raised but who lose control of themselves. My characters are for the most part impulsive by nature. You could describe my plays as being a theater of nerves.
— Yasmina Reza

In the rehearsal room we often came back to the phrase, “the veneer of civility” while exploring this rich and nuanced script.  We all, by nature, navigate interpersonal dynamics by projecting façade.  Sometimes the gap between our perceived self and our presenting self is considerable, other times less so.  This is a play about the gap. It is about who we want to be and who we really are. It is about creating face, saving face, and losing face.  We’ll usually prop up the façade if it begins to crumble or shatter, but if enough of our buttons our pushed we may abandon the façade entirely.  Reza’s pen turns scalpel as she dissects how these characters succeed and largely fail in their cultured struggle to behave in the manner to which they aspire.  They fall short spectacularly.

Reza has also called this play a funny tragedy.  Her genius is that she leaves us room to laugh as the shortcomings and pain of these four characters are laid bare.  She invites schadenfreude. Go ahead and take delight in the misfortunes of her essentially unlikable characters. There is a delicious dark humor in watching people put on airs of a sort and then have those pretensions skewered.  But remember, it’s funny because it feels true – so don’t be surprised if you cringe while you laugh…

Resident Director Scott Ford

Resident Director Scott Ford

Watch our Director’s Take video to find out what more Scott has to say about the show!