The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

Date(s) - 22 Feb 2023
11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Martin has a marriage and life to envy. A loving wife, a loving teenage son and a celebrated career as an architect that is about to bloom even brighter with an offer to design a 27 billion-dollar dream city in the American Midwest.

Stevie loves Martin, deeply and their house is filled with wit and joy. Until…

As Martin prepares for a TV interview to salute his brilliance, he reveals a secret that could cause the pillars of that house to fall.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning dark comedy masterpiece was a huge and Helpmann Award-winning success for State Theatre Company South Australia in the early 2000s but its tales of transgression, desire and betrayal still startle as if they were written yesterday.

In this shattering new production directed by Mitchell Butel (Girls & Boys), we welcome Don Hany, the star of Offspring and White Collar Blue, in the role of Martin, and in her first stage appearance in 25 years, the beloved Logie and AACTA award-winning star of Love My Way, The Secret Life Of Us and Bump, Claudia Karvan, as the fabulous and ferocious Stevie.

The New York Times said “it forces you against your will to reconsider the erotic patterns in your life” and Variety: “Albee’s tragicomedy throws every convention into question”.

But the greatest question will linger… just who or what is Sylvia?

Claudia Karvan’s return to the stage, alongside the brilliant Don Hany, in this dazzling and devastating play, from the man who also wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is big and wonderful news. Both Claudia and I were knocked out by Marion Potts’ hilarious and jaw-dropping earlier production for STCSA and we’ve both wanted to explore the play’s genius anew ever since. The stars have aligned – I couldn’t be more excited. Mitchell

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