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Edward Albee's 'The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?'

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award
for Best Play

Directed by David Morden
Musical preshow by Harlan Hokin

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


January 3–January 20, 2008

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM
Extra performance Wednesday January 16, 7:30 PM

Musical Preshow begins 15 minutes before curtain
Discussion following all performances

Preview Night Thursday January 3, 7:30 PM
Pay-What-You-Will Nights Thursdays January 10 & 17, 7:30 PM

Performance Schedule

Cabaret Theatre, Temple of Music and Art
330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
New comfortable seating!

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Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2001) centers on Martin, who leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son, until he confides to his best friend that is he also in love with a goat. Albee describes the play this way: “Every civilization sets quite arbitrary limits to its tolerances. The play is about a family that is deeply rocked by an unimaginable event and how they solve that problem. It is my hope that people will think afresh about whether or not all the values they hold are valid.”

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Martin and Billy (Joseph McGrath and Matt Bowdren)

Martin and Billie
(Joseph McGrath and Matt Bowdren)

Photo by Tim Fuller




January 2009

The Goat A Mac Award Favorite!

Rogue continues its brave choice to bring us plays that provoke us, perhaps offend us, and often move us.

—Kathleen Allen, Arizona Daily Star


The January 2008 Rogue Theatre production of Edward Albee’s The Goat has garnered three prestigious Macs and one nomination in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2008 Mac Awards.

  • Winner of Best Drama (2nd year running!): The Goat
  • Winner of Best Director of a Comedy or Drama: David Morden
  • Winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama: Cynthia Meier
  • Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Drama: Joseph McGrath

Read more on our News page or visit the Arizona Daily Star for the full article by theater reviewer Kathleen Allen. Follow the links above to learn more about the winners.



Winner of the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson 2008

The January 2008 Rogue Theatre production of Albee’s The Goat was selected by the Tucson Weekly in the category of Best Theatrical Bestiality: “Loud, intense and emotionally realistic, Rogue’s production of Edward Albee’s play about a married man who has sex with a goat gradually twisted its initial whimsy into an evening throbbing with loneliness and rage, thanks to director David Morden and lead actors J. Andrew McGrath and Cynthia Meier. What began with witty sophistication descended into brutal primitivism by play’s end, in an overwhelming production by a courageous little company.”

Destruction of Innocence

Review of The Goat by James Reel in the January 10 Tucson Weekly

Albee’s Goat tackles taboos left and right

Review of The Goat by Kathleen Allen in the January 11 Arizona Daily Star

Play uncovers the struggles behind unconventional love

Review of The Goat by Chuck Graham in the January 10 Tucson Citizen — Grade: A+

Add Tony-winning play to your 2008 to-do list

Preview of The Goat by Sherilyn Forrester in the December 28 Arizona Daily Star

Preview Article

by Iris J. Arnesen, from the November, 2007 The Opera Glass
   In any given human culture, certain behaviors will be considered proper and admirable while others will be considered improper and disgusting. Travel some distance away, however, and the people of the second area will likely hold very different opinions. Which group is right, and which is wrong? Are there any absolutes? Or is it as one of Shakespeare’s characters put it: “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”?
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David Morden, Director

David Morden, Director has directed productions locally with Green Thursday (Shakespeare’s R&J, White Garden), Oasis Chamber Opera (Sing to Love), DreamerGirl Productions (The Dreamer Examines His Pillow) and Arts For All (The Apple Tree). As an actor, he has appeared most recently with The Rogue Theatre as Yephikhov in The Cherry Orchard, The Man in the Silver Dress in the preshow to The Maids and Glaucus in Endymion. As a singer, he has played Constable Smith in the Arizona Opera’s production of The Threepenny Opera and has sung in the chorus of Die Fledermaus, The Flying Dutchman and Susannah. As an actor, he has performed locally with Arizona Onstage Productions (Assassins), Actors Theatre (The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)) and Green Thursday Theatre Project (Anger Box, Rain), of which he was a co-founder.

Director’s Notes

For a long time now I have pondered what bits and pieces of profundity I could write that would elucidate Edward Albee’s The Goat and enhance your experience as you watch it. Having explored this play through several weeks of rehearsal, however, I realize that the play needs no help and that it is sufficiently profound in its complexity, intensity and sincerity without my help.

I had never worked on an Edward Albee script as director until this production. Having done so, I can now state my firm belief in his unique brilliance—not only for the exactitude of his craft (ask the actors about this one), but for the depth to which he will explore a theme and a moral question. Not that Edward Albee is one to preach at his audience. Rather, he is a superb provocateur—asking questions, painting pictures, creating puzzles.

When one directs a play, the journey (for me) starts with the question: what is this play about? With The Goat, I no longer feel that I can answer that question in a few paragraphs. If I were forced to boil it down to a short answer, it would be something like, “It’s about life” or “It’s about life in the 21st Century.” Even that, however, is ironic since for each of us watching this story, it will call up questions and dilemmas that are personal to each of our lives and perspectives.

That said, I propose an experiment: I encourage each of you, in the hours and days you spend with this play after watching The Rogue Theatre’s rendition, to communicate with us and tell us what it touched in you (positive and negative). Let’s turn the usual communication around so that you share your experience with the actors and the company. We very much want to share this play with you beyond the final curtain call at this particular performance.

I will give you one hint about the meaning of this play, just to get the discussion rolling: it’s not about a goat.

—David Morden, Director of The Goat


Martin and Ross (Joseph McGrath and Rick Shipman)

Martin and Ross
(Joseph McGrath and Rick Shipman)

Photo by Tim Fuller



Matt Bowdren
Cynthia Meier
Joseph McGrath*
Rick Shipman

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract


Cast Biographies

Matt Bowdren (Billy)

Matt Bowdren (Billy) is graduating this year with his BFA in acting from the University of Arizona, and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Candidacy program. Matthew has done countless shows with the Arizona Repertory Theatre. Previous credits at ART include Scenes from an Execution, Tartuffe, Epstein in Biloxi Blues, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He has been an understudy for Twelfth Night and Molly’s Delicious at Arizona Theatre Company. Matthew recently had the opportunity to play Hamlet at Live Theatre Workshop. Last summer he worked with Southwest Shakespeare Sedona as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Matthew is also a proud member of The Charles Darwin Experience, a short form improv troupe that performs on the UA campus and around Tucson.

Cynthia Meier (Stevie) has performed in The Maids, Endymion and The Balcony (The Rogue Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre), Top Girls (Damesrocket Theatre), A Namib Spring (by Patrick Baliani, winner of the 1999 National Play Award), A Nightingale, Smirnova’s Birthday, The Midnight Caller, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre), and A Maid’s Tragedy (directed by Domini Blythe of the Royal Shakespeare Company). Cynthia adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead and directed Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan and Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for The Rogue Theatre, and directed Chekhov’s The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre. Cynthia is a Division Dean at Pima Community College and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.

Cynthia Meier, Managing and Associate Artistic Director
Joseph McGrath, Artistic Director (Martin)

Joseph McGrath (Martin) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. He has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company, appearing in Pericles, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, and The Country Wife. At the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Joe appeared in Hamlet, Henry IV: Part I, and Much Ado About Nothing. In New York City, he directed Rough Magic: A Shakespeare Quartet. In Tucson, he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a Stepsister in Cinderella, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, VanHelsing in Dracula and, perennially, as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, Arizona OnStage, Green Thursday, Damesrocket Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights in such roles as Trigorin in The Seagull, Sam Byck in Assassins, John in Oleanna, Weeping Willow Walter in Threepenny Opera, and This Rock in Anger Box. Joe is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre, for which he directed The Balcony, Endymion, and The Maids, performed The Fever, and performed in The Dead, Endymion, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and The Cherry Orchard. Joe is also a scenic designer and owns Sonora Theatre Works with his wife Regina Gagliano, producing theatrical scenery and draperies.

Rick Shipman (Ross) is happy and excited to be performing with The Rogue. He recently moved to Tucson from Phoenix where he has acted for the last 9 years and has performed for most of the theatre companies there. Some of Rick’s favorite roles include, Stephano in Southwest Shakespeare’s production of The Tempest; Robert in Proof and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, both for Is What It Is Theatre; Sgt. King in No Time for Sergeants and Murray in The Odd Couple for Hale Centre Theatre; and Dalton in Equus and GW in Sordid Lives, both for Nearly Naked Theatre Company. He has also appeared in a few TV commercials and some Indie films. Rick is also an acting coach and is getting his degree in education.

Rick Shipman (Ross)


Billy and Martin (Matt Bowdren and Joseph McGrath)

Billy and Martin
(Matt Bowdren and Joseph McGrath)

Photo by Tim Fuller


Musical Preshow to The Goat

The Rogue Theatre presents a musical preshow before each play. Our audiences have responded enthusiastically to this bit of tradition.

Let’s see. Music for a play about a man who is in love with a goat? Hmmmm… songs about goats. “Bill Grogan’s Goat,” anyone?

No, it’s “modern music,” with a nod in the direction of invoking feelings from the ancient Greek world. The idea is to echo Albee’s stated intention to move “toward a definition of tragedy.”

Combined styles, the synthesis of classic and modern, serious and whimsical, symbols of the Natural World amid the unnatural environment that constitutes a great city, a world created by our protagonist, the prize-winning architect at the height of his career.

We use the preshow to enter obliquely into the world our characters inhabit, to evoke a parallel universe, in harmony with feelings related to The Goat as a play, and the idea of Greek tragedy in general. Included are an ancient Greek-style lament, a Hymn to Helios at the Dawn by Mesomedes, 1st C. AD, a fusion of Mongolian, Brazilian and modern American music styles and some new pieces.

—Harlan Hokin, Musical Director


vocals Carolyn Hokin
guitar Chris Hokin
lyre Harlan Hokin


Harlan Hokin (Musical Director)

Harlan Hokin (Musical Director) has performed extensively as a singer in Europe and the United States, including a stint with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He earned a doctorate in historical performance practice from Stanford, and has taught at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. Harlan is an active workshop teacher and writer on topics of interest to singers and early music performers. Recent theatrical involvement has been with The Rogue Theatre as Musical Director for The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Maids, Endymion, The Dead and The Balcony, and Arizona Onstage Productions as Vocal Director for their production of Assassins. This summer Harlan served as music director for Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer On Stage program. He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Arizona Early Music Society and is the father of two nearly perfect children.

The Hokoi have been playing music together since 1989. Chris Hokin (guitar) has appeared with The Rogue Theatre as Adonis/Young Glaucus/Ensemble in Endymion. Carolyn Hokin (vocals) has appeared with The Rogue Theatre as Miss Daly in The Dead, Water Nymph/Scylla/Ensemble in Endymion, and Niece in The Good Woman of Setzuan. Harlan Hokin (lyre) is the Musical Director for The Rogue Theatre. All pieces performed in the Musical Preshow are written and/or arranged by The Hokoi.

The Hokoi



Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Costume Design Cynthia Meier
Lighting Design Clint Bryson

Production Staff

Stage Manager Nicole Smith            
Set and Prop Construction Chris Hokin           
                  Marketing and Publicity Thomas Wentzel
Poster and Program Thomas Wentzel

Our Thanks

Jesse Greenberg
Chuck Graham
James Reel
Kathy Allen
Laurie Kincman
Arizona Theatre Company
Tim Janes
Steve Coulter
A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle
Carol Elliott
Shelby Brawley
Iris Arnesen
Patrick Baliani
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Harlan Hokin (Musical Director)

Nicole Smith (Stage Manager) is a senior in the BFA Design/Technology program with an emphasis in Stage Management at the University of Arizona. The Goat is her first project with The Rogue Theatre. Previously at The Arizona Repertory Theatre she has stage managed Candide, Betrayal, Biloxi Blues, Marcus is Walking, and was assistant stage manager for ART’s How to Succeed... and in the spring Nicole will be stage managing Titus Andronicus as her Senior Capstone. Nicole has also stage managed for Borderland Theatre on its production of Hippie Mexicana and this past summer she had the opportunity to work at PCPA Theatrefest as an assistant stage manager on Company: In Concert and Kiss Me Kate. Nicole would like to thank Chris for always being there, Laurie for her guidance, and of course her family.


Stevie and Martin (Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath)

Stevie and Martin
(Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath)

Photo by Tim Fuller


Performance Schedule for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Location: Cabaret Theatre, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.  See map


Thursday January 3, 2008, 7:30 pm   PREVIEW
Friday January 4, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 5, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 6, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday January 10, 2008, 7:30 pm   PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL NIGHT
Friday January 11, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 12, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 13, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee

Wednesday January 16, 2008, 7:30 pm   EXTRA PERFORMANCE
Thursday January 17, 2008, 7:30 pm  PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL NIGHT
Friday January 18, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 19, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 20, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee



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