“Goats,” a play by Winona writer Emilio DeGrazia, will be presented the next two weekends in Rochester by Brave Community Theatre.
“It’s a very unusual play in that it’s a little like theater of the absurd,” says Devi Neville, who is directing the play.
Neville says the play includes a murder mystery. “However, the characters are representational. What they say and do is question our own morality and beliefs.”
DeGrazia is a retired English professor from Winona State University, better known as a writer of novels, poems, essays and short stories. He is the founder of the Great River Review.
Of his play, DeGrazia says, “‘Goats’ raises troubling questions about justice, guilt, innocence, blame and responsibility. On one level, it’s a who-done-it crime story, but on another it invites thoughtful reconsideration of how we think about crime and punishment. It is an ‘edgy’ play that is intended to engage the audience in thoughtful response.”
“I was so intrigued that it drew me in,” Neville says of reading the play for the first time. As for directing it, “It is the challenge I expected it to be.”
In the cast are Ken McCullough, Brandon Lawrence, Tony Opelt, Mariah Mihm, Orion McCullough-Smith, Ashley Cleveland, Luis Navaro, Logan Ackerman, Landon Mihm and Ajay Priyanka.
The production is intended for age 12 and older due to the subject matter. “We are encouraging high school and college students to come and we hope to have short discussions after the show,” says Neville.
“Goats” is presented as part of Rochesterfest.
If you go
What: “Goats” by Brave Community Theatre
When: 7 p.m. June 17, 18, 25, 2 p.m. June 26
Where: STEM Academy, 415 16th St. SW, Rochester
Tickets: $12, available at the door