Friday, April 29, 2011

Talk-backs at 'The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?"

I wanted to share a little about talk-backs on this show. It has always been a deep part of our commitment to our audiences that we choose plays that engender a lot of discussion. The Goat has had amazing talk-backs. We almost never have the same questions, except perhaps, "Do you think the family can stay together and move forward?" We really leave that for you all, where your imagination takes that.

Our groups have been larger than ever and the sessions have been longer and incredibly interesting. Last night careened off into a great discussion on the nature of sin and specifically religion in the play (Albee having been raised Catholic and religious allusions always popping up). The group seemed to be filled with scholars and teachers, not the least of whom is our own Nick Sandys, who took off giving us all the entomology of the word "sin" , it's Greek origin and that it basically means "fatal flaw", as in what brings our hero down in tragedy.

We have become so enamored with getting to have these discussions, that we now are offering to meet anyone who wants to talk about the show at Aquitaine. It's our favorite after show place to go because one can get a lovely glass of wine, great food, and HEAR each other. That is a new experience on this part of Lincoln Ave.

Anyway, this is really just a rant to say "thank you" to all who have stayed for these great discussions. Please know how much we treasure them.

-Annabel Armour
Artistic Associate

Annabel is appearing at Stevie in The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?
Talk-backs are offered again on Sunday May 1 and Thursday May 5.

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