USD Theatre Presents Albee Play "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?"

The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents Edward Albee’s Tony Award winning play The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? March 26-30 in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

From the same playwright that gave audiences Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Zoo Story comes another hit by Edward Albee. The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? is sure to leave audiences laughing, talking, and questioning their own morality when faced with social taboos.

The play begins with Martin (Lukas Ptacek) and his wife Stevie (Emily Vortherms) preparing for Martin’s television interview. Not only is it Martin’s fiftieth birthday, they are celebrating his recent success of being the youngest architect to win the Pritzker Prize, and he was chosen to design a multi-billion dollar city.

When Martin’s friend Ross (William Mix) arrives to conduct the interview, Ross notices his best friend is distracted and asks Martin what is going on. Martin confesses that while searching for a country home he found Sylvia instead and has been having an affair ever since. When Stevie and their son Billy (John King) learn of Martin’s affair the family is torn apart.

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, which contains adult themes and language, performs March 26-28 and March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Theatre on the USD campus.

Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+) $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID) can be purchased from noon until 5 p.m. March 19 by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or online at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News