Tuesday, May 14, 2013; 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bangor Public Library, 145, Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
Contact: Sue Bricknell; 207 947 8336
Whether you love great modern drama, or have never read a play, you are welcome to come and join us for fun, interesting reading and conversation. All are welcome to read, or just listen. No experience necessary. Scripts will be provided. This month, the group will be reading The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee.
This play, which won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, is the tale of a married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy. Their lives crumble as they deal with Billy’s recent emergence from the closet and then Martin’s revelation of a six-month long affair with Sylvia. To make matters even worse, Sylvia is 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 play also features many language games and grammatical arguments in the middle of catastrophes and existential disputes between the characters.