(Notes Toward a Definition of Tragedy)

Director | Makaylee Secrest

Director's Note

In our production of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? the question of “Who is Sylvia?” becomes the question of “Who are we?” What makes us humans human? Are we truly as evolved from our most primal chemical instincts as we believe we may be? Why is morality necessary for us and how do we create moral lines? What are the limits to our empathy for others when these lines are crossed? Is exposing the truth always a fundamentally, objective good? Albee does not give us any answers but he certainly leaves us with many valuable questions. Questions that become even more valuable when put in a historical context. For most of humanity’s history, homosexuality and bestiality have existed on the same moral plane. The hypocrisy of Martin’s homophobia allows us to examine the absurdity of this history. In the spirit of Greek tragedy, The Goat presents unimaginable circumstances and forces one to imagine them, to simply think newly and freshly about what we have buried deep as intolerable. The play is also about how we go about coping when things are shattered and cannot be pieced back together. I urge you all to let the laughter in so that the more serious issues can flow in as well. In today’s world, I feel that this idea of imagining the unimaginable is ever so present. Much like Stevie, I find that I have become accustomed to having moral conversations, specifically on politics in this country, in which the truth seems so clear to me but others are somehow able to wholly deny it. How do we make progress in a world of such unwavering certainty? For me, the only answer is a complete collapse of what we have long held as true and a rebuild from the ground up.


THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC,
servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

Originally produced on Broadway by
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth,
Carole Shorenstein Hays, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin,
Bob Boyett, Scott Nederlander, Sine/ZPI.


adam gothreaux

Adam Gothreaux


Adam Gothreaux is a junior Theater (performance) major. He has been in multiple LSU sponsored productions, such as GOD GUN!, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and Dream Logos, a physical theater show that was brought to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Fringe Festival. He is also president of the LSU improv club. In the future, you can see him on Ziggy's Arts Adventure, presented by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and written and directed by Clay Achee.

eric rhode

Eric Rhode


Eric Rhode is a freshman Theatre (performance) major. Credits include: The Crucible, On Your Feet!, Fahrenheit 451, and Chicago. This will be his debut performance at LSU.

sarah short

Sarah Short


Sarah Short is a junior Theatre (performance) major. Previous credits include LSU Theatre Mainstage’s Airness and Anon(ymous), and LSU Theatre Lab’s Other Desert Cities. She will also be acting in Delta Rouge’s upcoming Geaux Film, The Dream List. Other previous credits include Theatre Baton Rouge’s Rocky Horror Show and LSU UTA’s Clown Bar.

ansel wilder

Ansel Wilder

Martin Grey

Ansel Wilder is a Junior Theatre (Performance) major and a member of the Ogden Honors College. Previously, he has appeared in LSU UTA’s performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind, and he has been a member of the LSU Improv Club since his Freshman year, currently serving as the club’s Member-at-Large.

Director Makaylee Secrest
Stage Manager Sarah Statham
Scenic Designer Ashley Nguyen
Costume Designer Liz Leblanc
Lighting Designer Ray Carroway
Sound Designer Kaleb Giroir
Prop Master Lexi Rhodes
Prop Assistant Rayne Garcia
Set and Prop Assistant Amechi Obodoechina
Poster Design William Stark
Videography Macknzie Andrews and Deja Verdin
Faculty Advisors Jenny Ballard and George Judy


Jeremy Barnadoni Assistant Professor (Costume Design)
Joe Chrest Adjunct (Film and TV)
Sonya Cooke Assistant Professor (Acting; Head, Undergraduate Performace)
Bea Cole Office Coordinator, Box Office Manager
John Michael Eddy Professional-in-Residence (Properties)
Nick Erickson Associate Professor (Movement; Head, M.F.A. Acting)
Femi Euba Louise & Kenneth Kinney Professor (Black Drama and Playwriting)
Melissa Fay Theatre Business Manager
John Fletcher Billy J. Harbin Associate Professor (Theatre History)
Tara A Houston Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Assistant Professor (Scene Design)
George Judy Gresdna A. Doty Professor (Acting and Directing)
Kyla Kazuschyk  Associate Professor (Costume Technology)
James L. Murphy Professor (Technology; Production Manager; Head, M.F.A. Technology/Design) 
Susan Perlis (Co-Head Dance)
Isaac Pletcher Assistant Professor (Film and TV)
Claudio Ribeiro (Co-Head Dance)
Rockford Sansom Assistant Professor (Voice) 
Alan Sikes Associate Professor (Literature, Theory, and Criticism)
Amy Smith Assistant Dean, Office of Student Success
Kristin Sosnowsky Interim Dean CMDA, Department Chair, Professor (Arts Administration; Producer, Swine Palace) 
Vastine Stabler Managing Artistic Director 
C. Archer Touchet Instructor of Entertainment Lighting and Media Production 
Shannon Walsh Associate Professor (Theatre History: Head, Ph.D. Program) 
Chris Wood Professional-in-Residence (Scene Shop Supervisor) 

Nick Erickson M.F.A. Acting Program Head
Alana Johnson Student
Justin Newell Student
LaDonna Ouedraogo Student
Carolina Queiroz Couto Student
Adam Seeholzer Student
Douglas Streater Student
Alice Wilkinson Student
James L. Murphy M.F.A. Technical Design Program Head
Amara Copeland Student
Bethany Sassen Student
John Fletcher Ph.D. Program Head
Rachel Aker Student
Simi Fadirepo Student
Lucy Knight Student
Heyjin Kwon Student
Rowan Jalso Student
Dori Leeman Student
Ben Munise Student
Katie Morris Student
Sarah Nanusbuga Student
Kyra Smith Student
Taren WIlson Student
Arron Wood Student