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Win tickets to ‘God of Carnage’

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UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Amy Scott and Kyle Gutierrez.

ORIGINAL POST: Yasmina Reza, the acclaimed French playwright, knows her away around conflict on the stage. (Her play “Art,” the catalog of a conflict about modern art between a trio of friends, manages to seethe even as it pokes acerbic fun.) So you can imagine “God of Carnage,” the new Reza play (and winner of the 2009 Tony for Best Play) being produced by StageWorks Fresno. When two upscale couples meet together to try to resolve a playground dispute between their 11-year-old boys, the fireworks begin.

I talk with Shannon Eizenga, who plays one of the mothers in the play, for a story in today’s 7 section.

This is a short run — only two weekends — so you’ll have to plan ahead or you’ll miss it. It opens tonight at the Fresno Art Museum.

Good news for Beehive readers: I have four tickets to give away for performances next weekend. I can offer two tickets to the 2 p.m Saturday Sept. 21 matinee and two tickets to the 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21 evening performance. To enter, leave a comment on the Beehive post answering this question: Did you ever have a fight on the playground, and if so, did your parents get involved? Include which performance you’d like to attend — or indicate both if you’re flexible.

I’ll pick the winners at random. The deadline for entry is 3 p.m. Monday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Monday evening, so please check yours. If you win, you’ll be able to pick your tickets up at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

Photo: Terry Lewis as Alan Raleigh, far left, tries to pull Shannah Estep, portraying Veronica Novak, center, from her husband Michael Novak, portrayed by Chris Carsten, right. Bee photo by Eric Paul Zamora.

Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee,fresnobee.com and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to ‘God of Carnage’"

Hashem Ibrahim says:

It was the fifth grade, an accident really; I threw a basketbsll at my friend Will’s face. He was enraged and marched on over to pinch me right across the face. I (not being a fighter) dropped to the ground and cried until school officials arrived on scene. I spent the next two hours or so testifying in the office. My mother stormed in and yelled at the boy and his mother for “hurting her boy”. I was over it and this was embarrassing. Nonetheless, as we are now seniors at Clovis high school, Will Fox and I are now good friends and we look back and laugh at the thing. The 2pm Saturday Matinee on September 21st would be AWESOME.

Angela says:

Only got into a fight once in my life, at daycare, when an older boy tried to push my little sisters head down into a box of blocks. I hit him as hard as I could on the arm, probably didn’t even hurt him… Lol. But he left my sister alone so that’s all that matters. :) 8pm performance.

Janet says:

Really only remember petty arguements that were resolved by us kids….parents really didn;t get involved. (8pm Saturday)

Amy says:

I was in fourth grade. It wasn’t on the playground but on the walk home, only two blocks from my house. This boy Hal had been bothering my friend and me all the way home, and I finally turned around and told him what I thought of him. I don’t remember who struck the first blow, but we hadn’t been fighting long before we both ended up on the ground — typical for fights between schoolkids, as I recall. I was on my back and he was on top of me, straddling me, and we were smacking and punching each other. I heard a car pull up and suddenly Hal was being lifted up and tossed aside. I was stunned to see my father, red in the face and furious. Hal took off and I got up and brushed myself off. I was humiliated that my father had seen me being beaten and angry that he’d intervened since I thought the fight could still turn around. I assured him I was all right, but he insisted on driving my friend and me home before he left again. I have no idea what he was doing home at that hour, and only in later years did I realize what he must have thought he was seeing when he pulled over and jumped out of his car. He just kept saying that in his day boys never fought with girls, and if that little punk ever laid a hand on me again, he’d kill him. I think he meant it. Tickets for Saturday night would be cool. Oh, and the little punk never bothered me again.

Amy S. says:

I never got into a fight on the playground, but one time on the school bus, a boy from my class spit on me. I remember going to my dad about it and he was pretty angry. I think he talked to the boy in person and scared him pretty bad. My dad was a scary guy – he was the person you asked to call Comcast for you because he was the only one mean enough to actually get through to those people. The boy never spit on me or bothered me again and we even became friends in high school and laughed about the whole thing later. He always remembered he was pretty scared of my dad though. :-)

I work on Saturday during the day, so the night show would be a-mah-zing. Thanks, Donald!

Hnub says:

I once got into a fight with another boy in the playground. He had pushed me and I ended up crying. Some of the teachers came over and we had to go to the office. I didn’t know how to speak enough English so my description of what was happening was alot of hand gestures and such. I dont think the school reported anything to my parents, and they werent involved haha. But It was definitely a troublesome life of an elementary schooler. I’d love a pair of tickets to the 2pm show. Thanks.

Zeke says:

Never on the playground…but during class in first grade. A fight over a pencil. Resulted in a visit with principal…no parents got involved but I was scared for my life! (The 2pm show on Sat. If I win) I would love to see it.

Kyle says:

Thank goodness I was never caught. Met after school on the football field for a little fight against another student. We had it out. No one was ever hurt or caught. Great contest question–I’m free for the afternoon show.

Jon says:

I remember a fight I had in elementary school. It was more like a wrestling match with a buddy. We ended up getting stoped by the lunch lady and were “posted” at recess. Those were the good old days. I could go on Saturday at 2pm if I get chosen. Thanks.

Ben says:

2 pm Saturday. I never got in a fight but I recall that I liked watching them. Weird thing about school- they added an element of excitement.

Jay says:

Yes. No. 8 PM only.

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