Hogan's Goat

by  William Alfred

Full Length Play, Drama  /  11m, 5f

"Has the rhythms of highly charged verse, verse with a sting in its tail." - New York Herald Tribune

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    11m, 5f
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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This Drama Desk-winning drama was first produced at New York's American Place Theatre and made a star of Faye Dunaway. A highly volatile drama in blank verse, Hogan's Goat is set in a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn populated by Irish Catholic immigrants teeming with hopes of "the American Dream". The current mayor Quinn has been caught in a scandal and the time is ripe for a reform ticket. Ambitious Matthew Stanton has his eye on the mayor's chair, idolized and encouraged by his wife Kathleen. Quinn uncovers a weakness in the upstart's past however: he has not yet married Kathleen in Church because he is still legally wed to Agnes Hogan. "Aggie", Quinn's old love, now lay dying but once, as Stanton's mistress, had helped him to his first political success. When Quinn plays this hand, Stanton loses the race and blinded by rage, lashes out at Kathleen, bringing both to a tragic end.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1966 Drama Desk Award

Reviews

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"Has the rhythms of highly charged verse, verse with a sting in its tail." - New York Herald Tribune

Keywords

Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting: Brooklyn, 1890.

Casting

11m, 5f
MATTHEW STANTON - leader of the Sixth Ward of Brooklyn.
KATHLEEN STANTON - his wife.
EDWARD QUINN - Mayor of Brooklyn.
FATHER STANISLAUS COYNE - Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea.
JAMES "PALSY" MURPHY - Boss of the city of Brooklyn.
JOHN "BLACK JACK" HAGGERTY - Assistant Ward Leader.
MARIA HAGGERTY - his wife, the Stantons' janitor.
JOSEPHINE FINN - Maria Haggerty's niece.
PETEY BOYLE - a hanger-on of Stanton's.
BESSIE LEGG - a back-room girl.
ANN MULCAHY - Father Coyne's housekeeper 
BOYLAN - a policeman.
BILL - a hanger-on of Quinn's.
A PRIEST
A DECKAHND
A DOCTOR
CONSTITUENTS
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Authors

William Alfred

William Alfred  was a playwright and Professor of English literature at Harvard University. Alfred was a specialist in early English literature. He was chairman of Harvard's Standing Committee on Dramatics for many years, and he taught a course in playwriting. His lyrical play,

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Hogan's Goat premiered at the American Place Theatre in New York City in November 1965 under the direction of Frederick Rolf.

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