Working in black is sometimes about closing down the available routes to reference, meaning and information. For example, Francesca Pastine's blacked out newspaper pages that leave only visible images of Iraqi casualties of war. She uses black to funnel your attention, to make you look and to mask out the other images and text. Her black in these pieces acts as a pointer. In her entirely blacked out New York Times section A piece she makes the whole tome of data devoid of content altogether. Her obfuscation of "all the news fit to print" asks how valid or not the erased content was.
God of Carnage tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl. The get-together hilariously goes south as each pair attacks the other's parenting style and eventually reveals their personal qualms with their own spouses.
The show, directed by Matthew Warchus, made its Broadway debut on March 22, 2009 starring Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini. The production ran for 452 performances before closing in June 2010. God of Carnage received three Tony Awards including Best Play.
The film will be set in Brooklyn, though the production will film in France. The film is being co-produced by French producer SBS and Constantin Film of Germany. Polanski worked on the screenplay alongside playwright Reza.