The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
|The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?|
Book cover (Methuen)
|Written by||Edward Albee|
|Date premiered||10 March 2002|
|Place premiered||John Golden Theatre
New York City, New York
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, a play written by Edward Albee, premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on 10 March 2002 where it ran for 309 performances. A production opened in London in 2004.
Albee's sub-title for the play is "(Notes toward a definition of tragedy)". The word tragedy comes from the Greek for "goat song".
The tale of a married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy, whose lives crumble when he falls in love with a goat, the play focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society. Through showing this family in crisis, Albee challenges audience members to question their own morality in the face of other social taboos including infidelity, pedophilia, incest and, of course, bestiality.
The name of the play refers to the song "Who is Sylvia" from Shakespeare's play The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Proteus sings this song, hoping to woo Silvia. Franz Schubert's setting of the song contributed to its popularity outside Shakespeare's play. It is also referred to in an earlier work of Albee's, "Finding the Sun" (1982).
Awards and nominations
- 2002 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
- 2002 Tony Award for Best Play
- 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
- 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Play
- The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Internet Broadway Database
- Chinese version of this drama from Hong Kong drama group "Wedraman"