by Edward Albee
September 7-29, 2007
Directed by Rhonda Clark
Provocative and daring, this is the winner of the 2002 Tony and New York Drama
Critics Circle Award for Best Play and a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize
Albee takes the story of a mid-life crisis to a whole new level in
his tale about Martin who is living the American dream. Martinís a prize-winning
architect with a loving wife and son. Then he confesses that he has fallen in
love. With a blonde bimbo? A friend of the family? No, itís a barnyard floozie
Ė a goat named Sylvia.
Rated R for strong language and subject matter.
Early in his
career, Edward Albee was associated with the absurdist side of America's
avant-garde theatre of the 1960s with such one-acts as THE ZOO STORY and THE
SANDBOX. Even as he won the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes in 1966 for A
DELICATE BALANCE, his plays were viewed as "edgy" and ambiguous. As he
approaches age 80, Albee's work has lost none of its ambiguity or its edge!
about THE GOAT in a 2002 interview, Albee explained, "Its about the limits of
our tolerance; what we will permit ourselves to think about. I think the
fundamental thing that runs through almost all the plays is my dislike of
self-deception. [THE GOAT] doesn't advocate bestiality. I'm not suggesting that.
I hope that maybe it will make a few people wonder whether some of our attitudes
-- the things we think we believe -- shouldn't be re-examined. It's so dangerous
to accept something as a belief and not think about it anymore."
At the time he
was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 2005, Albee was asked about the
writer's place in society. He responded: "Writing should be useful. If it can't
instruct people a little bit more about the responsibilities of consciousness
there's no point in doing it. But we all write because we don't like what we
see, and we want people to be better and different. Sure, that's why we do it."
When asked to
elaborate on "useful" he expressed this view: "All art is useful, because it
tells us more about consciousness. It should engage us into thinking and
reevaluating, re-examining our values to find out whether the stuff we think
we've been believing for 20 years still has any validity. Art's got to help us
understand that values change. If we stopped exploring the possibilities of our
mind, then we're asleep, and why not just stay asleep? So all art has got to be
utilitarian and useful."