The Blue Barn Theatre will bookend its 25th season with two Tony-winning contemporary plays, Yasmina Reza's “God of Carnage” from 2009 and Moises Kaufman's “33 Variations” from 2011.
“God of Carnage,” which runs Sept. 26-Oct. 18, centers on two high-strung professional couples meeting to discuss a playground altercation between their two young sons. The conversation devolves from politeness and political correctness into character assassination. The play became a movie, “Carnage,” in 2011. Reza won the best-play Tony for this play and for 1998's “Art.”
For the holiday season, Tom Mula's “Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol” returns Nov. 29-Dec. 22 after a successful Blue Barn run in 2010. The show offers a backstory to Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol” from the perspective of Scrooge's business partner.
Will Eno's “Gnit,” which premiered at the March 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays, will run Feb. 20-March 15. It's an intentional misreading of Henrik Ibsen's “Peer Gynt.” In it, Peter Gnit makes a lifetime of bad decisions in his search for his true self.
The May 8-June 14 season closer, “33 Variations,” finds a musicologist researching a work by Beethoven while coming to terms with her relationship with her daughter. The play takes place in both time periods, finding parallels in the lives of both sets of characters. Kaufman also co-wrote “The Laramie Project” and wrote “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.”
The Blue Barn's artistic director, Susan Clement-Toberer, said professional Equity actors will appear in each of its four productions this season and the theater will pay local actors in its casts.