Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2016

Freeholder Board’s UCACT Program Supports Community Theatre production of God of Carnage

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support People Helping People, a nonprofit community organization based in Rahway, to produce the internationally acclaimed dark comedy God of Carnage at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway this weekend, April 7-9.

Embracing the art of theatre to address an important social issue, People Helping People’s production of God of Carnage gets to the root and nature of how society deals with bullying.

“The Union County Advancing Community Theatre program seeks to provide opportunities that draw people together to participate in collaborative art experiences,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support the creative efforts of the community organization People Helping People to help explore important social issues and bring them to life on stage.”

Directed by Andrea Clinton, God of Carnage is a fast, furious and very, very funny, dark comedy about two sets of parents who meet to discuss the unruly behavior of their 11-year-old sons. However, in their own union, when niceties and manners go out the window, the God of Carnage rears its ugly head.

Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, this Tony-award winning play is recommended for mature audiences.

Founded by Union County resident Andrea Clinton, People Helping People’s Arts and Entertainment program seeks to uncover life events through the art of theatre. “We chose to produce God of Carnage because it is a play that reflects everyday people, their conversations, their belief structures, behavior and disguises,” said director Andrea Clinton. “This play offers audiences a dialogue and imagery of everyday life events and issues, and we believe it’s a play that helps audiences examine their lives and choices.”

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Advancing Community Theatre (UCACT) program, People Helping People’s production of God of Carnage will run for four performances at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage this weekend, Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are just $20. Student, Senior and Group discounts are also available through the UCPAC Box Office. For more information or to purchase tickets visit ucpac.org or call the UCPAC box office at 732-499-8226.

The UCACT program launched in 2015 as a special initiative of Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh during his chairmanship and continues on the footsteps of last year’s success, which included a diverse body of work including two original plays, a student production, a new community theatre organization, among others featuring the high-quality artistic talent of many Union County residents.

The UCACT program aims to provide a strategic platform to support the development of Union County’s rich theatre talent by leveraging existing resources and broadening the definition of economic development and public recreation to include support for community theatre. For more information about UCACT visit ucnj.org/ucact.

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