Tolerance and Family Collide in The Goat
2014-01-23 · By Editor
California Repertory Company continues its 2013-2014 season with a production of The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?, by Edward Albee, performing February 14th through March 8th on the Queen Mary. Albee’s award-winning tragic comedy tells the story of Martin, a compassionate family man and successful architect, whose earth-shattering secret affair is revealed in a letter to his wife, Stevie, and son, Billy, by his best friend, Ross. The audience will begin to question their own definitions of romantic and unconditional love and social tolerance as the family deals with the fallout of the patriarch’s transgression in shocking—and often hilarious—ways.
Director James Martin interprets “Albee’s vision,” and guides the Cal Rep cast through “the emotional and psychological terrain of this play.” He derives that “Albee was trying to take [Greek tragedy] and plug it into a contemporary situation so that we could look at our own taboo and how we respond to it, and what the limits of our own tolerance are.” The Goat, which premiered at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway in 2002, won the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play.
Martin previously directed The Hyacinth Macaw for the Cal Rep main stage in 2011 that deals with identity crisis within the nuclear family, making him an obvious first choice director for The Goat. He has directed over 80 plays, musicals and operas, including, most recently, Major Barbara at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, and Buried Child at Occidental College. He has directed world and west coast premieres of plays by Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff and Mac Wellman, as well as classics from Shakespeare to Shaw. He holds degrees in Theatre from UCLA and Occidental College, and in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.
The Goat features a cast of seasoned film and television actors from Cal Rep’s MFA program in performance, including Brian Mulligan as Martin (Armageddon; White Oleander), Christopher Shaw as Ross (Dogfight; Medium), and Roma Maffia as Stevie (Kiss The Girls; Law & Order; Nip/Tuck; Pretty Little Liars). Also joining the Cal Rep cast is undergraduate student Tyler Bremer as Billy.
Cal Rep performances are in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary. The Goat runs Tuesday through Saturday, February 14th – March 8th. There will be a paid preview performance on February 13th at 8pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for students, military, and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for patrons of Cal Rep performances, $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. Long Beach Public Transit also runs directly to the Queen Mary.
For tickets and information please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.calrep.org.