Kendra Hesketh

Kendra Hesketh

Cage of civility weakened in this dark comedy

The Hub Arts Collective staging of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage will have you wondering who is the child, and who is the parent.

You’ve heard of kids behaving badly, well Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage could be subtitled “parents behaving badly.”

The Hub Arts Collective presents the Tony and Olivier-winning dark comedy at its downtown Vernon location, June 25 to 27.

Directed by The Hub’s Matt Brown, God of Carnage takes a surprising turn as two sets of parents come together to discuss a school yard scrap between their children.

With surgical precision, Reza breaks down barriers and bulldozes suburban decorum, while asking what, exactly, have we sacrificed to fit the mould, said Brown.

“It is such a treat to work with an amazing playwright’s work, but even more so, the incredible team that has come together on this project is more than I could ask for,” he added.

Recently made into the film Carnage, the play is a tragically funny and telling exploration of the cage of civility. It wages a battle between savagery and propriety, at times with flying Clafouti (that cherry-based dessert made famous by Julia Child), a good deal of vomiting, and a cruelly abandoned hamster as just some of its plot devices.

Putting the show together is Brown, who is the recent winner of best director for The Hub’s entry of Oleanna into this year’s O-Zone drama festival at the Powerhouse Theatre.

Joining him from the team that worked on Oleanna are Kristine Larsen, who is taking an acting part in this production, and Ashley Plomp, who played Carol in Oleanna, as assistant director.

Some familiar and new faces will be seen in the show, including Cory Armour and Kendra Hesketh, who play Michael and Veronica Novak, as well as Wylie  Barker who joins Larsen as Alan and Annette Raleigh.

“We’ve decided to do something different and exciting in staging this show,” said Brown. “We are presenting this show in the round, where the audience sits all around the actors and the set. It should give a neat perspective to the style that the show is written in giving the audience the feeling that they are sitting in the actual living room where the play takes place.”

This is the second full-length theatrical production executed at The Hub Arts Collective, with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday next week.

Tickets are $15 and available through the Ticket Seller (250-549-7469, ticketseller.ca), the Bean Scene Coffee House and with limited availability at the door. The show on Tuesday is a two-for-one showing with tickets only available at the door.

For more information, email info@thehubartscollective.com or call  778-475-6244.

The Hub Arts Collective is located at 2906 30th Ave. next to the Vernon Towne Theatre.