The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?


Writers: Edward Albee


Show Information

Number of Acts
Tony Award®
Best Play 2002
First Produced
Drama, Dark Comedy
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
A suburban living room, America, Present Day
Cast Size
Ideal for
Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, late teen characters


The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? centers around Martin, a middle-aged architect at the peak of his fame, whose life is thrown into complete turmoil when he reveals to his best friend that he has fallen in love, spiritually and physically, with a goat named Sylvia. The shocking revelation leaves the Gray’s perfect family life in tatters, as his wife, Stevie, and son, Billy, struggle to understand his secret and come to terms with Martin’s actions. Can there be any return from this improbable, bestial love affair? With linguistic precision and dark comic timing, Edward Albee takes an unflinching look at the limits liberal society can be pushed to, and forces the audience to question their own beliefs and examine matters traditionally considered socially taboo.

Lead Characters

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