As already announced, Edward Albee's Tony-winning comic drama The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? will close Dec. 15 after 309 performances and 23 previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre. The home wrecking capricorn is already showing a life in the regions, however.
Houston's Alley Theatre (where Albee's The Play About the Baby had its American premiere) will host the regional premiere of The Goat on the company's more intimate Neuhaus Stage Jan. 17-Feb. 16. In spring, 2003 (no firm dates have been announced), Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre will bring The Goat to the West Coast. Warner Snook will direct ACT's staging, while Pam MacKinnon will do the honors at the Alley.
Albee's The Goat or Who Is Sylvia dissects the marital discord an interspecific affair causes between a lovelorn architect and his passionate wife with both humor and pathos. Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman created the roles and were replaced by Oscar winner Sally Field and Bill Irwin in September.
Field and Irwin will finish the New York run with original cast member Stephen Rowe still in the cast. The Broadway production did not recoup its investment, but did surprisingly well for a play whose center is bestiality. Grosses have been increasing, peaking at $260,590 the week of Nov. 4-10.
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produced The Goat on Broadway. David Esbjornson (The Play About the Baby, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is the director. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound). Tickets in New York are $25-$65-$75. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10. For more information on the Alley Theatre, visit http://www.alleytheatre.com or call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. For more information on ACT Seattle, visit http://www.acttheatre.org.