By Edward Albee
Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee's such a lot provocative, bold, and debatable play in view that Who's petrified of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat received 4 significant awards for most sensible new play of the yr (Tony, long island Drama Critics Circle, Drama table, and Outer Critics Circle). within the play, Martin, a winning architect who has simply became fifty, leads an ostensibly excellent existence together with his loving spouse and homosexual teenage son. but if he confides to his ally that he's additionally in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he units in movement occasions that may spoil his relations and go away his existence in tatters.
The playwright himself describes it this fashion: each civilization units fairly arbitrary limits to its tolerances. The play is set a family members that's deeply rocked by way of an incredible occasion they usually clear up that challenge. it truly is my desire that folks will imagine afresh approximately even if the entire values they carry are legitimate.
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MARTIN (Retreating; sighing) the place shall I commence? STEVIE (A risk) correct at the start! (Afterthought) Why do you name her Sylvia, incidentally? Did she have a tag, or whatever? Or, used to be it extra: who's Sylvia, reasonable is she that every one our goats commend her … MARTIN (Trying to be rational) No, it simply appeared correct. excellent, incidentally. STEVIE thanks. You observed this … factor … this goat, and also you acknowledged to your self “This is Sylvia. ” Or did you check with it: “Hello, Sylvia. ” How the hell do you know it used to be a she—was a feminine? Bag of nipples dragging within the dung? Or, isn’t this your first?! MARTIN (Very quiet) She is my first; she is my basically. yet you don’t comprehend. You … STEVIE (Contemptuous) Awww; I’m attempting to not throw up. MARTIN good, if that’s how you … STEVIE No!! inform me. MARTIN (Sighs) very well. As I stated to Ross … STEVIE (Broad parody) “As I acknowledged to Ross …” NO! no longer “As I stated to Ross. ” To me! As you assert to me! MARTIN (Annoyed) In any occasion … STEVIE now not “in any occasion! ” No! This occasion! MARTIN (Won’t permit it move) As I acknowledged to Ross … STEVIE (Impatient acquiescence) rather well; as you acknowledged to Ross. MARTIN thanks. As I stated to Ross, I’d long past to the rustic … to discover where we needed, our … state position. STEVIE (Fact) You went out much. MARTIN good, if you’re after Utopia … (Shrugs) STEVIE certain. MARTIN … except you’re a type of humans reveals it correct off: “That’s it; that’s where. ” until you’re a type of, you’ve acquired to go looking; go searching. shut adequate in to make it functional for our nation wishes. not more than an hour or so from … STEVIE (Scoffing) Our “country needs”? MARTIN You’re the person who stated it. Verdancy: plant life and eco-friendly leaves opposed to metal and stone. okay? STEVIE (Shrugs) okay. (Angry) And it’s attractive. Now get to the goat! MARTIN I’m getting there. I’m attending to her. STEVIE cease calling it her! MARTIN (Defending) that's what she is! it's a she! She is a she! STEVIE (Pathetic sneer) i guess I may be thankful it wasn’t a male, isn’t a male goat. MARTIN humorous you want to ask—as they are saying. there has been a spot I went to … STEVIE Oh? MARTIN good, whilst i noticed anything used to be fallacious. I suggest, whilst i noticed humans could imagine whatever was once flawed, that what i used to be doing wasn’t … STEVIE (Dispassionate) i'll kill you. MARTIN (Preoccupied) convinced; most likely. It was once a treatment position, a spot humans went to … to discuss it, approximately what they have been doing … and with whom. STEVIE What! now not whom! What! With what! MARTIN (Sharp) no matter what! a spot! Please! enable me end this! (STEVIE is silent) a spot to discuss it; like AA, like Alcoholics nameless. STEVIE (Sneers) Goat-fuckers nameless? MARTIN (Oddly stunned) Please! (STEVIE hoots. Quieter) Please? STEVIE Sorry. spoil me. MARTIN It had no adorable identify; no AA; no … no not anything. simply … a spot. STEVIE How did you discover it? MARTIN on-line. STEVIE (Toneless) in fact. MARTIN I went there … and there were—what? —ten people … a gaggle chief, in fact. STEVIE What was once he fucking? Who; sorry.