By Christine Ehren
02 Dec 2002
Sally Field and Bill Irwin, following in the footsteps of Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman, will answer audience members' questions about Edward Albee's controversial The Goat or Who is Sylvia? Dec. 3, following the performance. This will be the show's final Talk-Back Tuesday, which had been a regular feature for the Tony Award-winning play during the summer.
The Goat's only remaining original cast member Stephen Rowe, who plays Ross, the TV talk show host, will moderate the talk-back. Todd Swenson, who recently replaced Jeffrey Carlson as Field and Irwin's son, will also participate in the discussion.
Albee's The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? dissects the marital discord an interspecific affair causes between a lovelorn architect and his passionate wife. After winning the 2002 Best Play Tony, The Goat will close on Broadway Dec. 15 with resident productions planned in Houston (Jan. 17-Feb. 16) and in Seattle (spring, 2003).
Field is the star of such films as "Smokey and the Bandit," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Places in the Heart" and "Norma Rae." She won Oscars for the latter two. Irwin is the New Vaudeville clown who has starred in self-styled vehicles such as Largely New York and Fool Moon.
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produce The Goat. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound). Previews began Feb. 16.
The playwright, best known for his landmark Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, recently enjoyed a well received revival of his Tiny Alice at Off Broadway's Second Stage. The remounting of the drama — which was reviled in its 1963 premiere — was embraced by many critics and, as a result, extended its run. His Occupant and All Over, the latter at the Roundabout's Gramercy Theatre, were also revived in the 2002 season.
Albee's other past plays include the trio of Pulitzer Prize winning works, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women, as well as the short works The Zoo Story and The American Dream.
For ticket reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10.