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Parent vs. Parent in ‘God of Carnage’

The parenting struggle is real, and highlighted in Mineral Area College Little Theatre Guild’s four-player performance of “God of Carnage.”

The show’s three-night performance Thursday through Saturday begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at MAC’s bookstore or at the door before the performances. The production is rated R.

The play’s backstory involves two 11-year-old boys who get into an argument over whether or not one of them will allow the other into his “gang” and the rejected boy knocks out the gang-leader’s teeth with a stick. That night, the boys’ parents meet to discuss the situation.

The parents are from different walks of life, though, and have differing ideas on child-rearing and life in general. Their conversation and their behavior regresses into an irrationality that almost mirrors their kids’ earlier fracas. As the night progresses, the question becomes: How will the parents figure out how to refrain from knocking each other’s teeth out with sticks?

Sam Gallaher of Farmington, who plays Alan, a stuffy yuppy married to perfect-Annette, said the characters are all very real, and every audience member will probably recognize someone they know from each character.

“My character is a bit of a hard-headed jerk,” he said. “But in the early stages, he comes across like someone who thinks he has it all together, and he’ll move himself forward to get what he wants, no matter what.”

Grace Gilliam of Farmington, who plays his wife, said the range of emotions is tricky, but keeps the play moving along quickly.

“In one moment, Veronica (the other wife, played by Christina Stenger of Farmington) and I are having a bonding moment,” she said. “Within half a page of the script, she’s throwing my purse across the room. There’s a lot of emotion packed in this play.”

Stenger said a lot of self-reflection and drawing on experience was necessary to play the part of Veronica, who’s married to Michael, played by Ben Trueblood of Potosi.

“My character’s not someone you want to hang out with at all,” she said.

Trueblood added, “….and yet you know these people. You’re going to laugh at them, but really, we’re all a step away from acting like animals.”

Parental differences will get very real during the stage performance of “God of Carnage,” Thursday through Saturday at Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Theater. The four-player production features: Sam Gallaher of Farmington as Alan; Christina Stenger of Farmington as Veronica; Ben Trueblood of Potosi as Michael; and Grace Gilliam of Farmington as Annette.

Parental differences will get very real during the stage performance of “God of Carnage,” Thursday through Saturday at Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Theater. The four-player production features: Sam Gallaher of Farmington as Alan; Christina Stenger of Farmington as Veronica; Ben Trueblood of Potosi as Michael; and Grace Gilliam of Farmington as Annette.

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