"Le Dieu du Carnage" by Yasmina Reza

Known as "God of Carnage" in English language theaters.


Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children, Ferdinand Reille and Bruno Vallon (Benjamin and Henry in the Broadway production), get involved in argument because Bruno refuses to let Ferdinand join his 'gang'. Ferdinand knocks out two of Bruno's teeth with a stick. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. Ferdinand's father, Alain (Alan in the Broadway production), is a lawyer who is never off his mobile phone. Ferdinand's mother, Annette is in "wealth management" (her husband's wealth, to be precise), and consistently wears good shoes. Bruno's father, Michel (Michael in the Broadway production), is a self-made wholesaler with an unwell mother. Michel's wife, Véronique (Veronica in the Broadway production), is writing a book about Darfur. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia. One of the central dramatic moments of the play occurs when Annette vomits onstage, all over the coffee table and books.


Name Age # of lines
Alain Reille 40s 210
Annette Reille 40s 202
Véronique Vallon 40s 282
Michel Vallon 40s 232

Production History

Date Venue City
Dec 14, 2012 Claudia Boettcher Theater Dobbs Ferry, New York
Nov 26, 2012 Sutherland House London, England
Sep 20, 2012 Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold, Wales
Sep 7, 2012 Theater by the Sea Matunuck, Rhode Island
Jun 20, 2012 Cape May Stage Cape May, New Jersey
May 11, 2012 Kalita Humphreys Theatre Dallas, Texas
Nov 4, 2011 Tapia Theatre San Juan, Puerto Rico
Apr 17, 2011 Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles, California
Mar 2011 Goodman Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Feb 2011 Gate Theatre Dublin, Ireland
2010 Teatrul de Comedie Bucharest, Romania
2009 Theatre Rugantino Zagreb, Croatia
2008 National Theatre Split, Croatia
Oct 2, 2008 Alcazan Theatre Madrid, Spain
Mar 8, 2008 Gielgud Theatre London, England
Jan 25, 2008 Theatre Antoine Paris, France
2007 National Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec 8, 2006 Schauspielhaus Zurich, Switzerland
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