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Opens August 9
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THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA?


By Edward Albee

Directed by Dean Gabourie

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“THE SENSE THAT EVERYTHING GOING RIGHT IS A SURE SIGN THAT EVERYTHING'S GOING WRONG.”  

Celebrated architect Martin Gray is easing into dignified middle age when he shatters his reputation and family life by falling in love with a goat. What can he do—the heart has its reasons! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? challenges our contemporary notions of tolerance with the dizzying wordplay and wit that crowned Edward Albee one of the great 20th-century playwrights.


“The humour in Albee’s writing opens us up emotionally, through the laughter, so that the tragedy can get in there and make us feel.” —Director Dean Gabourie

The 2024 Season is supported by Ophelia Lazaridis.


Production Sponsor:

Sylvia Soyka


CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Lucy Peacock
    Lucy Peacock
    Stevie
    2024: Cymbeline in Cymbeline and Stevie in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 37th season. Stratford: Recipient of the 2023 Stratford Festival Legacy Award. Over 80 productions including Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth, and Satan. Also: Three Tall Women, All My Sons, Private Lives, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Les Belles-Soeurs, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of all the extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these stories and Forever Blessed by the Real Story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.
    Portrait of Rick Roberts
    Rick Roberts
    Martin

    2024: Duke in Cymbeline and Martin in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Third season. Stratford: Capulet in R+J, Zastrozzi in Zastrozzi. Elsewhere: Copenhagen (NAC); Prodigal (Howland/Crow's Theatre); Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Animal Farm, Waiting for Godot and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper); Enemy of the People, Within the Glass, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Molière, John and Beatrice and Rune Arlidge (Tarragon Theatre); Proud (Belfry Theatre); Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre). Film/TV: Transplant (CTV/NBC); Jack, Fortunate Son, This Life, Coroner (CBC); Still Mine, North of Albany, FarCry 6 (Ubisoft). Director: Miss Caledonia, Person of Interest, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Soulpepper). Playwright: Orestes, Fish/Wife, Kite, co-wrote the musical Mimi with Melody Johnson and Allan Cole (Tarragon Theatre). Awards: ACTRA and CSA award. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. 

    Portrait of Matthew Kabwe
    Matthew Kabwe
    Ross
    2024: Caius Lucius in Cymbeline and Ross in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Third season. Stratford: Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Grand Magic, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games: Toopy and Binoo: The Movie, La Maison Bleue, Outriders: Worldslayer. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online: matthewkabwe.com, agencebridgetdechene.com. Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to his many supporters; especially Dr. AAHW. Matthew is thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival for his third season. Matthew is also B.
    Portrait of Anthony Palermo
    Anthony Palermo
    Billy

    2024: Billy in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Lord 1, Brother in Cymbeline. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Admetus in Alcestis, Orgon in Tartuffe, Frank Thorney in The Witch of Edmonton (Theatre Erindale); She, Men, and the Giant Snake (Soulpepper Theatre); Retrograde (Toronto Fringe); Julius Caesar, Bare: A Pop Opera, Ghost Quartet, Essay (University of Toronto). Film/TV: Workin' Moms Seasons 6 and 7 (CBC/Netflix); Macy Murdoch (CBC/Shaftesbury); Pie Boy (Ace Entertainment Inc). Writer/Composer: The Gray: A Wilde Musical (Hart House Theatre); One Song Glory (Musical Stage Company); Mythic Women (University of Toronto). Training: Theatre and Drama Studies - University of Toronto/Sheridan College. Online: www.anthony-palermo.com, @anthxnypalermo. Et cetera: Grateful to be making my Stratford debut this season and for the endless support of my family and friends.

CREATIVE

    Edward Albee
    Playwright

    Playwright: The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

    Edward Franklin Albee was born Edward Harvey on March 12, 1928, in Washington, D.C. His mother, Louise Harvey, having been abandoned by the child's father, put him up for adoption two weeks later. Young Edward acquired his new name from his wealthy adoptive parents, Reed A. Albee, heir to a vaudeville theatre-chain fortune, and his socialite wife, Frances. Growing up with them in Larchmont, New York, young Edward had a troubled relationship with his domineering new mother; later in life, he described his Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women, a play largely inspired by her, as an act of personal exorcism.

    After briefly attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Albee moved in his early twenties to Greenwich Village in New York City, where he spent the next ten years subsisting on interest from a trust fund and occasional work as a Western Union telegram boy, while honing his craft as a writer. In September 1959, a German-language version of his one-act play The Zoo Story was produced in Berlin; the play's US première the following January, at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village, established its author as an important new American dramatist.

    Albee's first full-length play (and greatest commercial success), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, premiered in 1962. It won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play (along with acting and directing awards), and a celebrated film version was released in 1966.

    Three Tall Women, which premièred in Vienna in 1991 before opening off-Broadway in 1994, was the third of Albee's plays to earn him a Pulitzer Prize: he had previously won Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance (1966) and Seascape (1975). His other plays include The Sandbox (1960); The American Dream (1961); Tiny Alice (1964); Lolita (1981), adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's novel; The Play About the Baby (1998), which earned a Pulitzer nomination; the Pulitzer-nominated and Tony Award-winning The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (2002); and Me, Myself, and I (2008). In 2005, he published a collection of his essays entitled Stretching My Mind.

    A 1996 Kennedy Center Honoree and recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, Albee also received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. He died at his home in Montauk, New York, on September 16, 2016.

    Dean Gabourie
    Director

    (he/him)

    2024: Director of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 11th season. Dean Gabourie has been creating provocative theatre in Canada and abroad for over thirty years.  Gabourie is an artist, scholar, educator, and founding artistic director of the award-winning ACME Theatre Co. Stratford: Assistant/Associate Artistic Director 2008-2012. Director of Bereav'd of Light, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Best Brothers, The Thrill. Dean has acted as an assistant director to Richard Monette, Des McAnuff and Antoni Cimolino. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie award; Jean Gascon Directors award; and Artistic Director Richard Monette personally nominated Gabourie's body of work for the John Hirsch Directors award. Training: Gabourie holds a master's degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph and is an alumnus of the Theatre School, Toronto Metropolitan University. Et cetera: For Marcelle. www.acmetheatreco.com.

     

    Shawn Kerwin
    Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Set and costume designer of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Sixth season. Stratford: The Bakkhai, The Winter's Tale, The Glass Menagerie, Ned and Jack, Footfalls, Not I, Medea, StargazingCome and Go, From an Abandoned Work. Elsewhere: Set and costume design: The Lehman Trilogy (Belfry Theatre); Betty's Song (Charlottetown Festival); Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Class (Belfry Theatre); Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud); Sea Sick (Theatre Centre); float (co-creator with Jillian Keiley) (Choral Canada/ St. John's NFLD). Set Design: Come From Away (Gander, NL); Grand Ghosts (Grand Theatre); I'm Every Woman (Charlottetown Festival); Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud). Costume Design: The Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin (Signal Theatre/Soundstreams); If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival); All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park). Other: Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, York University.

    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer

    (she/they)

    2024: Lighting designer of Hedda Gabler and The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 11th season. Stratford: Little Women, Cabaret Series 2021, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective); After the Fire (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Kinky Boots, The Prom, Ghost, Honk! (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Kaileigh is the founding General Manager of the annual winter light festival, Lights On Stratford. They are an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and the School of Performance in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Toronto Metropolitan University and a member of ADC IATSE Local 659.

    Adam Campbell
    Sound Designer

    (he/him)

    2024: Sound designer of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and assistant sound designer of Something Rotten!, La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: Richard II (associate sound designer); DWP 2022 (sound designer); Frankenstein Revived, Rent, King Lear, Les Belles-Soeurs, Chicago, Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman (assistant sound designer). Elsewhere: Sound designer for Jack! A Beanstalk Panto (Capitol Theatre); A Huron County Christmas Carol, John Ware Reimagined (Blyth Festival); associate sound designer for Orphée+ (Edmonton Opera); composer for BODY, Alone Together, Four, What Happened To Lee (Human Body Expression); Lasterday (Kaeja d'Dance); A Sonata Of Shadows (CCDT); orchestra for 42nd Street, Singin' In The Rain, Piaf/Dietrich, Ain't Too Proud (Mirvish); percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording: Debut album, Guess I'm a People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Et cetera: Grateful to be working alongside such incredible artists to bring this season to life!

    Michael Hart
    Stage Manager and Production Stage Manager

    2024: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and stage manager of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 28th season. Stratford: Casey and Diana, All's Well That Ends Well, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer, The Duchess of Malfi, The Swanne TrilogyElsewhere: Casey and Diana (Soulpepper), Angels in America (That Theatre Co./Buddies), Fall On Your Knees (Canadian Stage, Neptune, NAC, Grand); Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage); Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage); Body Politic (Buddies); The Death of the King (Modern Times); The Winter's Tale (Groundling); Bombay Black (Factory); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades); Saint Carmen of the Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC); Real Live Girl (MTC); Fully Committed, Silence, Einstein's Gift (Grand); Wit (Centaur); Hamlet (Neptune).

    Sam Hale
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (he/him)

    2024: Assistant stage manager of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Fifth season. Stratford: Casey and Diana, Death and the King's Horseman, All's Well That Ends Well, Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Prodigal, The Home Project, Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Lemons..., 52 Pick Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); Detroit: Music of the Motor City, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Picture This, Parfumerie, Riverboat (Soulpepper); Jerusalem, Mr. Burns (Outside the March); Disgraced (Mirvish/Citadel/Hope & Hell); La Bête, The Other Place, The Judas Kiss, Into the Woods, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free); Angels in America (That Theatre Company/Buddies). Sam has also worked for University of Toronto, TIFF, Hot Docs and serves as a stage management mentor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Et cetera: Sam would like to thank Nic, his family and friends for their love and support.  

    Emma Jo Conlin
    Apprentice Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2024: Apprentice stage manager for The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Second season. Stratford: 2023 Studio Theatre production assistant. Elsewhere: As apprentice stage manager, Angels in America (That Theatre Company/Buddies in Bad Times); Post Democracy (Tarragon Theatre). As director, Genieology (Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival); Death by Horoscope (SATCo). As stage manager, Othello (Phoenix Theatre). As assistant stage manager, TEASE (Big City Kitties/Crow's Theatre); Happy Days, Master Builder, Barefoot in the Park and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone (Phoenix Theatre). Training: University of Victoria's Phoenix Theatre (2020 grad). Et cetera: Thank you to all my loved ones across the country for your encouragement and support!

    Kate Munro-Bergfeldt
    Production Assistant

    (she/they)

    2024: Production assistant of the Studio Theatre. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Samqwan, Mimikej, As You Like It, The Beloved, Sweet Enough, Punch Up!, Into the Woods, The Best Brothers (Highland Arts Theatre); Elf, Matilda (Savoy Theatre); The Bells of Baddeck (Parks Canada). Training: Cape Breton University. Et cetera: I am beyond excited to be joining the Stratford team! Thank you to my family for your unconditional love and support, and to the Cape Breton arts community for helping me get to where I am today. 

     

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