Hogan's Goat

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S. French, 1984 - Drama - 112 pages
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Tragic Drama / Characters: 10 male, 5 female, 5 extras.

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This Obie-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.

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

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