LEROY STREET THEATRE PRESENTS:
OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
(NOTES TOWARD A DEFINITION OF TRAGEDY)
DIRECTED BY: CHRIS BRETECHER
MAY 26th- JUNE 11th 2016 @ 8PM
UNIT 102 THEATRE - 376 DUFFERIN ST
ABOUT THE PLAY
Martin is "at the pinnacle of [his] success". A Pritzker Prize winning architect recently chosen to be the head designer of the $200 billion World City. He is surrounded by his loving family and supportive friends. Life is great for Martin however, he has a secret, and the simple question "Who is Sylvia?" may bring everything down around him.
Edward Albee's hilarious, award winning play is both timeless and contemporary. Albee borrows from the greek tragedies and creates an entirely new predicament for the 21st Century which leaves us asking more questions than when we arrived. His play test's the limits of our empathy for those we love and the problems that arise when our animalistic nature surfaces to clash with the fragility of our so called civilized life.
The first time I read "The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?" I was transported to strange and dark places. I knew immediately that there was something here that required further investigation. Through the play Edward Albee creates a modern tragedy, one in which our protagonist finds himself in an impossible moral circumstance. In the 21st Century Albee proves that we still have hidden areas of our primal being that have yet to be fully explored and reconciled with. With the help of my team at Leroy Street Theatre and our amazingly talented cast we set out on a journey of exploration into the strange and hilarious world that Albee has created. One of the wonderful benefits of theatre is that it allows us to tackle issues and ask questions as a team that could not otherwise be fully understood alone. We have challenged each other's philosophies, pushed our minds into their darkest corners and laughed at the absurdity of it all. We hope that the creation of this work will entertain, delight, and leave you with just a touch of bewilderment. Enjoy the show!