Berkshire Theatre Group Opens with Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

Pittsfield, MABerkshire Theatre Group (BTG) presents Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, Edward Albee’s (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Three Tall Women, Zoo Story), The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? directed by Eric Hill (BTG: Naked,At Home At The Zoo (Zoo Story)The Homecoming), and featuring David Adkins(Homeland, BTG: At Home At The Zoo (Zoo Story), The Petrified Forest) as Martin,Jennifer Van Dyck (Hedda Gabler, BTG: The Petrified ForestCoastal Disturbances) as Stevie, Josh Aaron McCabe (Peep Show) as Ross and Evan Silverstein (BTG:The Music Man) as Billy. The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? runs from May 24 through June 15 at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. Opening night is set for Saturday, May 25.

This production is sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-Winner Edward Albee’s most provocative, daring, and controversial play since Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfThe Goat or, Who is Sylvia?was Albee’s return to Broadway in 2002, after an absence of 19 years. The play went on to win all the major awards for best new play of the year in 2002: Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle.

Martin, played by David Adkins, a successful architect who has just turned fifty, leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife, played by Jennifer Van Dyck, and teenage son, played by Evan Silverstein. But when he confides to his best friend, played by Josh Aaron McCabe, that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.

Director Eric Hill says, “This play is a tragicomedy about a family crisis that evolves over a husband’s relationship with a goat. It’s a comedy that has a dark turn to it. Tragedy teaches us that we may think we are done with the past, but the past is not done with us. The characters in the play refuse to look at that, and tragedy ensues.”

 

In an interview with PBS regarding The Goatplaywright Edward Albee said “Imagine that, all of a sudden, you found yourself in love with a Martian, in love with something you can’t conceive of. I want everybody to be able to think about what they can’t imagine and what they have buried deep, as being intolerable and insufferable. I want them to just think freshly and newly about it.”

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield, by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

Edward Albee’s 

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

by Edward Albee
directed by Eric Hill
with David Adkins, Jennifer Van Dyck, Josh Aaron McCabe and Evan Silverstein

at The Unicorn Theatre
The Larry Vaber Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street

Preview: Friday, May 24 at 8pm
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, May 25 at 8pm
Talkback: Thursday, May 30 at 7pm
Closing: Saturday, June 15 at 2pm
Tickets: Preview: $47
Tickets: $56
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Edward Albee (Playwright) was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960),Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms(1981), Finding The Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize), Fragments (1993), The Play About The Baby (1997), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), Occupant (2001), Peter and Jerry: Act 1, Homelife;Act 2, The Zoo Story (2004), and Me, Myself and I (2007). He was a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and President of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

Eric Hill (Director) Berkshire Theatre Group’s productions of Naked; At Home at the Zoo (Zoo story); The HomecomingThoreau or, Return to Walden; Poe; Benefactors; A Chorus LineThe Who’s Tommy; as well as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Neil Ellenoff Stage at the Mount. Additional BTG directing credits include: Macbeth,EndgameFaith HealerThe Einstein ProjectAmadeusThe Glass MenagerieOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Caretaker. Previous acting credits include: DeathtrapA Man for All Seasons, DimetosThe Father, and Scrooge in the annual A Christmas Carol.

David Adkins (Martin) has performed in numerous productions at Berkshire Theatre Group over the last thirty years. He is an Artistic Associate at BTG, and in 2018 appeared in The Petrified Forest, and in At Home At The Zoo (Zoo Story) in 2017, in which he was honored with a “Berkie Award” for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role. He has worked On and Off Broadway, in resident theatres across the country and guest starred extensively on television, most recently on Homeland. Others include:BlacklistThe Good WifeElementaryThe Americans (two seasons), Happy-ish,Without a Trace, a pilot directed by Forrest Whitaker, the Ben Franklin mini-series on PBS and more.

 

Jennifer Van Dyck (Stevie) BTG: The Petrified ForestThe Lady Hamlet (workshop),Coastal DisturbancesThe Stillborn Lover. She has worked extensively with Charles Busch creating roles in The Confession of Lily DareCleopatraJudith of BethuliaThe Divine Sister and The Third Story. Some favorite collaborations involve new plays by: Sarah Schulman, Topher Payne, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Sinan Unel; directors: David Auburn, Carl Andress, Michael Barakiva, Melia Bensussen, Melinda Lopez. Broadway:Hedda GablerDancing at LughnasaTwo Shakespearean ActorsThe Secret Rapture. Off Broadway: Perfect ArrangementOrson’s ShadowThe CastleThe Picture Box,The Breadwinner. Film/TV: BlindspotMadam SecretaryBullThe Good WifeThe BlacklistRoyal PainsElementaryPerson of Interest, many episodes of Law & Order,Too Big to FailMichael ClaytonAcross the Universe. Regional: Bucks County, Westport Playhouse, Old Globe, Huntington, Trinity Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. Jennifer’s narration work encompasses hundreds of audiobooks in a wide range of genres.


Josh Aaron McCabe (Ross) is delighted to be marking his first season with Berkshire Theatre Group. Josh was last seen in the Berkshires playing Iachimo in Cymbeline and Stephano in The Tempest at Shakespeare & Company. A fourteen-year member of S&Co, other performances there include: Comedy of Errors; Coyotewold’s Thetis: Immortal FireComplete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Accomplice;Mother Courage and Her ChildrenLove’s Labour’s Lost39 StepsParasite Drag;Hound of the BaskervillesAs You Like ItWar of the WorldsMystery of Irma VepReal Inspector HoundWinter’s TaleRichard IIILes Liaisons DangereusesMerry Wives of Windsor. Off Broadway: Peep Show (Actor’s Playhouse). Regional: Oldcastle Theatre, Connecticut Rep, Madison Rep, Forward Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks. TV: National commercials, Daytime Serials and Saturday Night Live. Josh is an Assistant Professor of Acting at Wright State University. AEA & SAG-AFTRA.


Evan Silverstein (Billy) is here to do his best for the good of the team. He was last seen in the readings of Visiting Mr. Green (Ross) and Awake and Sing (Ralph) with Berkshire Theatre Group. Previously, he appeared in BTG’s production of The Music Man (Tommy). Additionally, he is a founding member of Stockbridge’s premier comedy troupe, Room for Improvment. He has also received training at Shakespeare & Company. Evan is now applying to study acting intensively, after deciding not to return to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.

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