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Edward Albee's new play is about a man who falls in love with a goat. Sounds weird, I grant you, but people who've read the script insist this is a major work that tackles themes of obsessive love, forbidden desire and repressed sexuality.

Prediction: "The Goat" will win the Tony and the Pulitzer.



Playwright Edward Albee 'All Over' Princeton  


Princetonian Contributor 

 Though he describes playwriting as "a tough racket" and discourages all  but the most dedicated of young people from entering the field, Edward Albee has managed to become one of America's greatest living dramatists. At age seventy-three, he shows no signs of slowing down. More



Edward Albee


Edward Albee disappeared from sight a few years ago, only to make a comeback with a vengeance.  Within two years, three of his plays premiered in New York, plus one revival, and two were introduced to London. His new play “The Play about the Baby,”enjoyed a good run in New York, and two new ones opened:  “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” and “The Occupant.”  “Tiny Alice,” was revived off Broadway and London welcomed the U.K. premiere of two of his one-acts, ”Finding the Sun” and “Marriage Play.  More


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March 8 - 14, 2002

Laughing in the Dark

The education of Edward Albee 

by Steven Leigh Morris

From this spot on Tribeca’s Greenwich Street, you can look out across the Hudson River to New Jersey. At a quarter to 10 in the morning, there are few pedestrians about and not much traffic either, and the new sun fails to blunt the cold stab of a brisk breeze. A pair of chilled Dalmatians, tied to a bicycle rack outside a bookstore, await their owner.   More

Getting Albee's 'Goat' is delicate balance 

By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Ask Edward Albee no questions and he'll give you no lip. 

"Don't tell me what you're going to ask me," the playwright suddenly snaps, interrupting a guest at his vast Tribeca loft as she begins setting up a query." Surprise me — or I'll be able to rehearse my answers." More

March 8 - 14, 2002  

Sleepless in New York  

Bill Pullman on Broadway 

by Steven Leigh Morris

A nip in the air flushes the cheeks of the men hauling equipment through the outdoor atrium shared by three Broadway theaters. I’m led up a flight of creaky wooden steps into the warmth of a hallway in one of them, the Golden. At the landing, turning back, I see Bill Pullman bounding up the steps behind me, and we settle into his dressing room for an interview. 


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Audiences Talk About Pullman, Play

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 By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Writer  (3/20/02)

 NEW YORK - When Bill Pullman first read "The Goat," he wasn't sure if the play by Edward Albee would work in front of an audience. One thing was certain, though: It couldn't be ignored. 

 Since opening in early March, "The Goat" has divided theatergoers and critics alike, but the production starring Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl has got them talking, something a new Broadway play hasn't done in a long, long time. More



excerpted from “Play by Play” by Patrick Pacheco 3/7/02 “One Mo’ Chance Before Their Opening Night

The talk of the town, however, is the new Edward Albee drama, "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?" - much to the dismay of the playwright, who has said, "the less an audience knows about a play the better." The drama, which opens Sunday, is now known as that play about the man (Bill Pullman) who's in love with a goat - much to the dismay of his wife (Mercedes Ruehl). At Saturday night's preview, waves of laughter rocked the Golden. Whether that is Albee's intention, given the play's subtitle, "Notes Toward the Definition of a Tragedy," is the source of much audience debate afterward.

"The great thing is that people are talking, arguing, actually being shocked about something on Broadway," said Marc Beauvais, a Los Angeles- based graphic artist who was at Saturday's performance. "When was the last time that happened?"



Audience Member Injured at The Goat 3/06/02 

 A freak accident occurred at last night’s performance of Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, leaving one audience member with six stitches. The woman, who was sitting in the front row of the John Golden Theatre, was hit in the face by a shard of a pot that leading lady Mercedes Ruehl broke onstage. 

 In The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Ruehl—who plays Stevie, a wife who discovers her husband has a dark secret—throws a pot to the floor out of anger. According to a production spokesperson, the pots used in the play are specially treated so that, while they do break, they are not supposed to shatter. After the pot shattered, the show went on without interruption, although the audience member was forced to go to the hospital, where she received six stitches. She is expected to fully recover. 

The production spokesperson told that the prop people are working hard to insure such accidents do not occur in the future. He also said production representatives have been in touch with the woman and will reimburse her for any medical expenses she should incur from the incident. “She was upset she did not get to see the end of the show because everyone wants to know what happens at the end of The Goat,” he added. “She will be invited back to see [it] again as our guest.” 

 The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? opens at the Golden Theatre on Sunday. 

                                                        —Cara Joy David,


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