I’m off to Midtown today to interview the cast of Yasmina’s Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the fall production at Hudson Stage — three-fourths of whom call Westchester home.
The play — a wicked take on contemporary parenting — was to be directed by Giovanna Sardelli, but an illness in the family has prompted her to step down, I learned last night. Stepping in will be Hudson Stage co-founder Dan Foster, who had planned to sit back a bit this fall and produce “Carnage” with fellow co-founder Olivia Sklar, as the third co-founder Denise Bessette treads the boards as Veronica.
Also in the cast, joining Cortlandt Manor’s Bessette, are Doug Ballard of Montrose as Alan, and New Rochelle’s Paul Carlin, the son of Frances Sternhagen, as Michael. Carlin was hilarious last season as a suffering, barcalounger-bound dying man in “Salvation.”
The final member of the cast is Carol Halstead as Annette, the lone non-local in the enterprise.
The biting satire involves two sets of parents who gather because their boys were involved in a fight at school. Before too long, the couples are fighting each other and husbands are fighting wives.
“God of Carnage,” soon to be a feature film shortened to just “Carnage,” runs Nov. 4 to 19. The Hudson Stage folks hope you’ll see it first, then see the film, then discuss.