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Dark Comedy ‘God of Carnage’ Provides Challenge for McPherson College Seniors

posted Apr 16, 2013 in CAMPUS EVENTS

Three McPherson College senior performing arts majors are topping off their college studies with a challenging play of dark comedy.

Grahm Mahanna, Hoxie, Kan.; Kenyatta Harden, McPherson, Kan.; and Isaac Levin, Dighton, Kan., are performing in the final show of the season - “God of Carnage” - for their senior project. Colleen Gustafson, ’06 and marketing and design specialist at the college, rounds out the four-person cast.
It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 in Brown Auditorium.

Mahanna said the subtle comedy of the one-act play was a challenging way to finish his college career.

“This show is very realistic, so a lot of the comedy you have to pay attention to get it,” he said. “It really depends on the actors.”

Written originally in French by Yasmina Resa and translated by Christopher Hampton, “God of Carnage” tells the story of two couples - one upper class and one working class - who meet up to discuss a playground tussle between their sons, where one knocked out two teeth of the other with a stick.

“But as the play progresses, they gradually start acting like children themselves,” Mahanna said.

Harden said that at the beginning of the play, all of the characters demonstrate perfect manners, including her own. It was a departure compared to those she has portrayed in previous shows at MC.

“She’s more introspective, and I’m used to these characters who are out there,” she said. “She’s reserved for the first part of the show. But in the last scene, my character just loses it. That’s probably my favorite part because after, she just collects herself and moves on.”

At the same time, the show sums up the college careers of the three seniors.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Harden said. “We joke in rehearsal that we are coming full circle with this show. These characters combine a lot of elements of the characters we’ve played all along. Even some of the lines are the same.”

Jd. Bowman, associate professor of theatre, directs the play and Langstron Rhynes, junior, Garland, Texas, is the stage manager.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages high school and younger as well as seniors. Reservations may be made by contacting the theatre box office at 620-242-0444 or at

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