University Players Delights Audiences With Dark Comedy God of Carnage

University Players (UP Windsor) is set to open God Of Carnage, a dark and riotously funny take on human nature, at The University of Windsor’s Hatch Studio this Friday (March 1). Winner of the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Comedy and 2015 Tony award for Best Play, this production will have the audience doubled over with laughter as a civilized meeting between two couples turns into chaos and confusion.

God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, follows two Brooklyn couples after a playground altercation between their eleven-year-old boys. They meet to discuss the consequences of one of their sons hitting the other in the face with a stick and damaging his teeth. What begins as a polite discussion about how to proceed with reparations ends in disorder and drama as the couples descend into vicious and brutal attacks on one another. It is a funny and insightful look into the cruel reality of marriage and human nature.

Heather Davies, a freelance theatre director in Canada, USA and UK, returns to University Players after directing last season’s production of Love and Human Remains. Heather Davies calls the play, “wonderfully written… it’s funny, poignant, tragic, political and as it progresses it continues to surprise the audience. It’s fascinating to watch the debate played out between two married couples who pursue the innocence or guilt of children as though the outcome has international consequences.”

The show features set design by David Court and costume design by Agatha Knelsen, beautifully lit by designer Kirsten Watt. Court’s set echoes the bedlam on stage – a stark white background of household items and pieces of the furniture are quite literally falling all around the actors as they play out the scenes.

Performances take place on March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2019. All performances from Wednesday to Saturday start at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, March 3rd, a “Talk Back” discussion with the actors will follow the performance.

The Hatch Studio Theatre is located on the University of Windsor campus in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre.

University of Windsor students can purchase a ticket for just $8, and regular price tickets start at $19. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling 519-253-3000 ext. 2808.

(promotional photo above courtesy of University Players)

UP Windsor God of Carnage Poster