The Everyman Repertory Theatre’s 2011-2012 season will open with Yasmina Reza’s newest comedy, “God of Carnage.” This 2009 Tony Award winner is launched by a playground altercation between two 11-year-old Brooklyn boys, an act that brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. What results is a comedy of manners, but without the manners.

“Somewhat belied by its title, this is one of the funniest plays we’ve read for a long time,” said Everyman artistic director Paul Hodgson.

“God of Carnage” will be presented at the Camden Opera House on either side of Thanksgiving: Nov. 18, 19 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.

The season’s second production will be “Freud’s Last Session” by Mark St. Germain, this year’s winner for best play from the Off Broadway Alliance. The play depicts a discussion between Sigmund Freud and the then rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis at Freud’s home two days before the start of World War II. The two men clash over the existence of God as well as the meaning of love and life.

“Freud’s Last Session,” Everyman’s spring show, will be presented March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 25 and April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House.

The season will close with Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” the story of Charles Condomine, a cantankerous novelist, who has remarried but is haunted, truly haunted, by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who was called up by a visiting medium, Madame Arcati. As the worldly and unworldly personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is “accidentally” killed. Passing over to the other side, she joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” move in to haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

“Blithe Spirit” will be Everyman’s summer show, back at the Camden Opera House, June 29 and 30; and July 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

“With the success of ‘The 39 Steps’ last summer, we decided we would do another summer show. Like last July, there’ll be no matinees, we’re not dragging anyone off the beach and into the theater, but we have added Sunday evening shows instead,” said Hodgson.

Tickets and season passes are available from the box office and online at Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

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