Can two couples have a civil conversation when things begin to unravel? That question is the central idea of the Alliance Theatre’s production of the play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, which stars Jasmine Guy as Veronica. A veteran of the Atlanta stage as well as in Hollywood and on Broadway, Guy was last seen at the Alliance Theatre in Pearl Cleage’s The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One-Hundred Years.
“I love working here,” Guy mentions. “I love the Alliance family, and I am very excited about the production; it has been a great experience.” Being part of the play is something she feels is a thrilling and unique experience. “This is a great play,” she says.
In the play, two couples get together to have a civil discussion, but, during the course of the conversation, things begin to get ugly, and while it may be seem like the set of a powerfully gripping drama, it is an engaging comedy instead. “God of Carnage is a very heavy title for a comedy,” Guy comments. She goes on to say that the “deeper it gets, the funnier it gets.”
Guy plays the character of Veronica, who is writing a book about the tragedy in Darfur. “I love her passion. I love her earnest ability to stand by her convictions even though it is unpopular,” she states. “She never veers from her original mission.”