An uncomfortable, “transgressively inappropriate” dark comedy about kindness and authenticity will premiere at Actors’ Warehouse Friday.

“God of Carnage,” a French play by Yazmina Reza, brings together four parents of two young boys who had a playground fight. The parents’ perfect identities shatter in the conflict’s aftermath as their authentic selves are revealed.

Director Lola Bond said the show is very timely, and the characters are not far-fetched. The situation is something that anyone with kids, or even pets, could experience. Lines and topics in the play will likely make the audience uncomfortable, and the characters are not inherently likeable, she said.

“I really considered changing some of the lines because, quite frankly, they offended me,” she said. “They upset me.”

Bond read articles, examined the actors and reread the show to understand why Reza wrote such an off-putting play. In the end, Bond realized the show’s intentions.

“It’s supposed to make you feel uncomfortable,” she said. “You’re not supposed to like this. She did it on purpose.”

Samara Powers plays Veronica Novak, the mother of one of the boys. Powers said her elitist character tries to tackle a big picture issue that she cannot solve without overcoming her own narcissism.

“You really can't do the good work of justice without shining a light on yourself,” Powers said. “If you're not prepared to  look at what's going on inside of you, you're really not going to be able to be very effective in making change with the world.”

Powers said she does not aspire to be like Veronica or any of the characters.

“I’ve described the play as ‘Lord of the Flies’ for grown-up suburbanites,” Powers said.

The character Michael Novak, played by Bradley Hicks, makes an off-screen decision that haunts him throughout the play, Hicks said.

“It’s a brutal, hard piece of theater to sit through,” Hicks said. “But if you really take it honestly, we can see it as a way to catch ourselves from acting in those ways.”

Hicks said the play speaks to the “actions speak louder than words” mantra when the characters make excuses for their awful words and actions. Hicks’ terrible character has taught himself about his own actions, but his character has been fun to play.

“When [Michael] lets go, when he is at his worst ― that’s fun,” Hicks said. “That’s the reason you do theater. To be able to let go and howl at the moon a bit.”

“God of Carnage” begins the eighth season at Actors’ Warehouse. Steven Butler, the theater’s executive and artistic director, said the play highlights the human condition as the characters are called out for their actions.

“We hope you have a visceral reaction to what is happening,” Butler said.

The play will be performed at Actors’ Warehouse, located at 619 NE 1st St., on Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 6 to Sept. 22. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and $10 on Thursdays.