The play The Goat begins during the week in which Martin, a successful architect who is happily married and the father of a college-age son, turns fifty. In the same week, the audience learns, Martin has also received the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in architecture, the Pritzger Prize, and, in addition, he has just been commissioned to design a multibillion-dollar city of the future to be erected in the fields of the Midwest. Martin’s oldest friend Ross, a television journalist, is about to tape an at-home interview with Martin in his tasteful abode. Before the taping, Martin appears nervous and forgetful; he cannot recall the names of friends or the origins of the business cards he finds in his coat pocket. He chats with his wife, Stevie, and in casual conversation lets slip the comment that he is having an affair with a goat. She laughs, assuming he is making a jest, and responds that she will stop by the feed store on her way home.
Stevie leaves for a hair appointment and the taping begins, but the interview quickly becomes a futile endeavor; Martin is distracted and uncooperative. Once the camera is turned off, however, Ross and Martin talk as intimate friends, and the cause of Martin’s behavior is revealed. Martin tells Ross that he and Stevie have bought a farm, a second home to enhance their stable, wonderful, long-term marriage, one in which there has been no desire to be unfaithful on either side in the nearly twenty-five years...
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