Thursday, March 29, 2012

News: MTC's God of Carnage is going to Vancouver

Shauna Black and Oliver Becker in
Carnage (photo: Bruce Monk)
After being thrown into doubt by the recent closure of Vancouver Playhouse, a production from Manitoba Theatre Centre of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage will be going to the West Coast after all. It was reported by CBC that MTC stood to lose $100,000 if the presentation fell through. The performances in Vancouver will be presented in the venue once enjoyed by the defunct company.

The production is currently enjoying a successful run in Winnepeg.

See Charlebois Post articles about Vancouver Playhouse

Read the MTC press release:



WINNIPEG, March 28, 2012 – 
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Vancouver Civic Theatres announced today that the MTC/Vancouver Playhouse co-production of God of Carnage will be transferring to the Vancouver Playhouse for a three week run after closing at MTC's John Hirsch Mainstage on April 7.

The play was scheduled to be the last show of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s 2011-12 main stage season before the company ceased operations on March 10, 2012. As presenter, Vancouver Civic Theatres has worked with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre to ensure that God of Carnage will be staged as planned.

“We are thrilled that Yasmina Reza’s fantastic ‘comedy of manners without the manners’ will be travelling to Vancouver, allowing Playhouse subscribers to experience the final play of their seasonsubscriptions and giving Vancouver audiences an opportunity to show their support of the Playhouse,” MTC General Manager Camilla Holland said. “We credit the extraordinary efforts of our partners in Vancouver for making the transfer possible and ensuring that Vancouver audiences will be able to enjoy this great production.”

God of Carnage stars Oliver Becker as Michael Novak, Shauna Black as Veronica Novak, John Cassini as Alan Raleigh and Vickie Papavs as Annette Raleigh. The production is directed by Miles Potter (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and features the work of Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow, Lighting Designer Gerald KingFight Director Carson Nattrass, Stage Manager Evan R. Klassen, Assistant Stage Manager Peter Jotkus and Apprentice Stage Manager Sandra Morton. MTC’s production of God of Carnage is generously sponsored in part by Gail Asper and the late Babs Asper.

God of Carnage will run at the Vancouver Playhouse from April 14 - May 5, 2012. For more information visit

About the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit arts organization in Winnipeg, Manitoba. MTC was Canada’s first English-language regional theatre and presents six plays at the John HirschMainstage, four plays at the Tom Hendry Warehouse, a regional tour, a Master Playwright Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, North America’s second-largest Fringe Festival.

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