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The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia

written by Edward Albee

directed by: Ina Marlowe


Unicorn Gets The Goat Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
posted by :: David Golston :: 03/08/04 @ 10:39:28 PM
March 12 - April 4, 2004 PLEASE NOTE: Contains adult themes. Recommended for 18 years and older.

Kansas City, MO - On Friday, March 12, 2004, the Unicorn Theatre continues its 30th Anniversary season with the Regional Premiere of Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?, an adventurous new drama about the unraveling of the perfect family when the father engages in an elicit affair of an unspeakable nature.

About The Play

Edward Albee has been an icon of the American stage since his play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, opened on Broadway in 1963. With a style that embraces existentialism, absurdism, as well as the metaphysical, Albee has enjoyed a successful career, highlighted by winning an astounding three Pulitzer Prizes and countless other awards. Known for writing plays that challenge, and even puzzle audiences, Albee's other plays include A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women. Without a doubt, Albee has one of the most distinctive voices in theatre.

Provocative as ever, Albee's latest play, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? is a daring and controversial play that has entertained and stunned audiences and critics, alike. The winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, THE GOAT was also voted Best Play of 2002 by the New York Drama Critics Circle, received a New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Edward Albee described THE GOAT this way: "Every civilization sets quite arbitrary limits to its tolerances. The play is about a family that is deeply rocked by an unimaginable event and they solve that problem. It is my hope that people will think afresh about whether or not all the values they hold are valid."

At the center of THE GOAT is Martin, a renowned architect and family man. He is also a man on the edge. In the same week he turned fifty, earned a prestigious award and received a lucrative commission, Martin is consumed by a forbidden passion. At a time he should be celebrating his life, Martin is distracted and forgetful because of the secret he is carrying and unburdens himself on his oldest friend. Overwhelmed by the revelation, Martin's secret is revealed. As the truth is told and the rest of Martin's family finds out, his life disintegrates in a disastrous and eye-opening way. THE GOAT is not so much a play about one man's mid-life crisis, but about how the decisions people make affects the lives of everyone around them.

The New York Times praised, "THE GOAT is about a profoundly unsettling subject. Powerful! Extraordinary!" The Associated Press hailed, "Although it is quite funny, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? is a serious, thoughtful, even tragic play despite the comic outrageousness of its premise." The New York Post raved, "Unquestionably one of the wittiest and funniest plays Albee has ever written, 'a truly fascinating play' enthralling."

About The Playwright

Edward Albee is widely considered to be one of America's greatest living dramatists. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards for Best Play, Albee has challenged and beguiled theatre audiences for nearly fifty years. Born in Washington, D.C. in 1928, Edward Albee first saw success with his 1959 play, The Zoo Story, which, along with his other early works such as The Sandbox (1959) and The American Dream (1960), effectively gave birth to American absurdist drama. In 1962, Albee solidified his place amongst America's greatest playwrights with the unparalleled artistic, critical and box office success of the masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award). Although he suffered through a decade of plays that refused to yield a commercial hit in the 1980's, Albee experienced a stunning resurgence with Three Tall Women (1994), which won him his third Pulitzer Prize as well as Best Play awards from the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle. He had previously won Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance (1967 Tony Award) and Seascape (1975). Albee's other plays include Tiny Alice (1964), All Over (1971), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), Finding the Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Fragments (1993), The Lorca Play (1995), The Play About the Baby (1997) and Occupant. Albee is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. Albee describes his work as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen."

About The Director

The Unicorn production of The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? will be directed by Ina Marlowe. Ms. Marlowe is Producing Artistic Director of The Organic Theater Company in Chicago. Kansas City audiences recently witnessed Marlowe's directing talents in the UMKC Department of Theatre's productions of Playing Doctor in October 2003 and Dancing at Lughnasa in March 2003. In addition to working closely with Edward Albee while directing his play Tiny Alice, her other honors include being named an Outstanding Chicagoans by The Chicago Tribune, receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from DePaul University, as well as a Joseph Jefferson Award as director for A Moon for the Misbegotten. New York Premieres under her direction include Boss Grady's Boys. Midwest and Chicago premieres include Lady from Dubuque, Goodnight Children Everywhere, An American Daughter, Collected Stories, Moonlight, Taking Sides and The Steward of Christendom. World Premieres include A Kind Asylum, Give the Lady What She Wants and The Gift. Recently she has worked with Richard Nelson, Wendy Wasserstein, Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche and Thomas Babe. Ina Marlowe is a past board member of the League of Chicago Theatres and a member of the Theatre Panel of the Illinois Arts Council.

About The Production

The cast of The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? features Mark Robbins (as Martin) (seen in previous Unicorn productions of Closer; The Sisters Rosensweig; Zone 3 and Speed the Plow) and Elizabeth Robbins (as Stevie) (The Memory of Water; Molly Sweeney; The Sisters Rosensweig; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Two Rooms and Waiting for Godot), Michael Andrew Smith (as Billy) (Bat Boy: The Musical; The Shape of Things; The Laramie Project; Wit; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Skylight; Sylvia and The Sisters Rosensweig) and Dan Barnett (as Ross) (The Memory of Water; Art; Zone 3; Love! Valour! Compassion! and Thanatos).

The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? premieres at the Unicorn Theatre on Friday, March 12, 2004 and runs through Sunday, April 4, 2004. Previews are Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11. Performances are Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Post-show discussions are scheduled for March 16, 21, 23 and 28. Tickets may be purchased at the Unicorn Box Office or by phoning (816) 531-PLAY (7529) ext. 10. Tickets for Preview and Tuesday evening performances are $15.00. Wednesday & Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees are $18.50. Friday & Saturday nights are $23.00. The Unicorn offers $5.00 off for senior citizens and full-time students (with valid I.D.). Group rates are available, and students with proper I.D. may purchase Rush Tickets for $5.00 five minutes before curtain (based on availability). PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult themes and is recommended for 18 years and older.

Financial assistance has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The Unicorn continues its 2003/2004 season on April 30, 2004 with Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange and concludes with the 2003 Tony Award Winner for Best Play and nominee for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg.

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