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Friday, 11 December 2009 13:56

GOD OF CARNAGE's new cast opens to acclaim

CHRISTINE LAHTI, ANNIE POTTS,
JIMMY SMITS, AND KEN STOTT
OPEN TO ACCLAIM IN THE
TONY AWARD-WINNING
GOD OF CARNAGE

AT THE BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE (242 WEST 45TH STREET)
CLICK HERE TO SEE A SNEAK PEEK OF THE NEW CAST AT WORK

The cast of Broadway’s hottest comedy, the Tony Award-winning Best Play, GOD OF CARNAGE opened Wednesday night to acclaim from New York critics.

Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”) as ‘Veronica,’ Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Annie Potts (“Designing Women”) as ‘Annette,’ Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Jimmy Smits (“The West Wing”) as ‘Alan,’ and Olivier Award-nominee Ken Stott (original cast member of West End productions of GOD OF CARNAGEand Art) as ‘Michael’ have been embraced by critics and audiences alike. Below is a sampling of what critics had to say:

“Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits and Ken Stott are excellent. GOD OF CARNAGE is a four way prize fight.  Catnip for Broadway audiences.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

GOD OF CARNAGE is riotously funny."
– Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

“Tart and scintillating, GOD OF CARNAGE is a deliciously combustible brew! Those unable to score tickets during the sold-out eight-month run, GOD OF CARNAGE is most definitely still worth experiencing.”
– David Rooney, Variety

GOD OF CARNAGE still summons stentorian laughter from new audiences. Matthew Warchus’ direction is brilliant”
– John Simon, Bloomberg

GOD OF CARNAGE is still one of the smartest and most amusing evenings on Broadway!”
– Robert Feldberg, The Bergen Record

“The new cast is stellar!  Matthew Warchus' direction is expert.”
– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

GOD OF CARNAGE plays at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street). 

After receiving rave reviews in London, GOD OF CARNAGE opened on Broadway March 22, 2009 to unanimous praise.

Ken Stott created the role of ‘Michael’ in the London premiere of the play.  Ken Stott is appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association.  The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

The Yasmina Reza comedy won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play (Matthew Warchus). GOD OF CARNAGE also won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

GOD OF CARNAGE is a comedy of manners without the manners.  The play deals with the aftermath of a playground altercation between two boys and what happens when their parents meet to talk about it.

GOD OF CARNAGE reunites the creative team that staged the Tony Award-winning Best Play, Art. Designed by Mark Thompson (sets and costumes), with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker & Chris Cronin, the play has music by Gary Yershon.

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or in person at the Jacobs Theatre box office, 242 West 45th Street.  Box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm.

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GEOFFREY NAUFFTS’
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW PLAY
NEXT FALL
COMES TO BROADWAY THIS SPRING
DIRECTED BY SHERYL KALLER

OPENS MARCH 11, 2010 AT THE HELEN HAYES THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN MID-FEBRUARY, 2010
www.NextFallBroadway.com

Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis and Anthony Barrile in association with Naked Angels (Geoffrey Nauffts, Artistic Director; John Alexander, Managing Director; Andy Donald, Associate Artistic Director; Brittany O’Neill, Producer) are pleased to announce that NEXT FALL, the critically-acclaimed new play by Geoffrey Nauffts and directed by Sheryl Kaller, will open on Broadway on Thursday, March 11, 2010 with preview performances beginning in mid-February, 2010 at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street).

NEXT FALL had its world premiere in a Naked Angels production, opening to critical acclaim on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. NEXT FALL played a sold-out run off-Broadway, extending three times, and played through August 8th.

Geoffrey Nauffts’ NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the 5-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.

NEXT FALL received unanimous critical acclaim in its off-Broadway premiere…
NEXT FALL is “artful, thoughtful and very moving. Mr. Nauffts has written the kind of gently incisive, naturalistic play that rarely materializes anymore.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times

NEXT FALL “is a well-made contemporary play with ample heart and snappy humor. Nauffts has taken the measure of a painful passage in a handful of lives, depicted it with sensitivity, warmth and humor, and shaped from these tremors a drama that speaks in a quiet voice of momentous things.”
Charles Isherwood, New York Times

 “FIVE STARS – THE BEST NEW PLAY OF THE SEASON. This beautifully shaped piece, produced by Naked Angels, should ideally be seen right away. This is no mere tearjerker. It's a tear-earner: Next Fall merits every drop.”
Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

Casting, ticketing and additional production information will be announced soon.

GEOFFREY NAUFFTS (Playwright) has worked as an actor both on and off Broadway, regionally and extensively in film and television. He's directed short plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, David Marshall Grant, Theresa Rebeck and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Steven Belber's Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. He wrote, directed and co-starred in the award-winning short film Baby Steps with Kathy Bates and co-wrote Jenifer, a movie of the week for CBS. He's currently collaborating with Anthony Barrile and Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay he co-wrote with Barrile for Ben Stiller's company, Red Hour. In the fall of 2007 he took over as artistic director of Naked Angels where he's been a proud member for over twenty-two years. His play Next Fall was the winner of the 2008 Theater Visions Fund Award from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

SHERYL KALLER (Director) most recently directed Dangerous Beauty music by Michele Brourman, lyrics by Amanda McBroom and book by Jeannine Dominy at the American Music Theater Project, Adrift In Macao music by Peter Melnick, book and lyrics by Christopher Durang at Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theater Comapny, Jayson With A Y by Darci Picoult at The New Group, The Pursuit Of Happiness by Richard Dresser at the Hudson Stage Company, The Molly Maguires music and lyrics by Sid Cherry, book by Bill Strzempeck at the Berry Center for the Performing Arts., and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman at The York Theater, She has directed at many theaters including the New Group, Primary Stages New York Stage and Film, Naked Angels, A.C.T., Philadelphia Theater Company, The Rubicon, The York, EST, National Theater of the Deaf, Man In The Moon (London. She was a member of the former Circle Rep Lab and the recipient of a Dramalogue Award/ Best New Musical. Sheryl co-founded and was the Artistic Director of Two Island Productions, a New York and Bermuda-based theater company devoted to developing and producing original plays, playwright retreats/ workshops, screenplays, concerts and youth arts and education programs. Upcoming: I Loved Lucy by Lee Tannen, Last Smoker In America music by Peter Melnick, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz music by Alan Menken/book and lyrics by David Spencer among others.

For more information, visit www.NextFallBroadway.com.

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