JEFF Hansen, a previous performer at the Limelight Theatre in Wanneroo, has directed a play that explores social taboos and what types of behaviour are acceptable.
Written by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? author Edward Albee, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is a funny, shocking, absurd, tragic and confronting story of a leading 50-year-old New York architect who suddenly falls in love with a goat, which he calls Sylvia.
Although it won the Tony Award for best play and Drama Desk Award for best new play in 2002, Hansen admits The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is not for the faint-hearted.
“On the surface, it’s a play about a man who falls in love with a goat – but it’s not really about that at all,” he said.
“The story is about the irrational nature of love and the arbitrary boundaries society sets.
“It was laugh-out-loud funny and, at the same time, deeply disturbing but an hour-and-a-half later, I put it down and thought it might have been the best script I’d ever read.”
Hansen believes The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will be his biggest challenge yet.
“The best way to approach a play that explores social taboos is to present the script as honestly as possible,” he said.
The play, which is not suitable for children, will be staged at the Melville Theatre at 8pm on March 8-10 and 15-17 and at 2pm on March 11.
Tickets are $17 or $13 concession on 9330 4565 or email@example.com.