McFeely Sam Goodman’s full-length plays include The Drinking Bird, Afterward, and Special Cheese. His work has been seen at The Brick, The Ford Studio at the Signature Theatre, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Invisible Dog, chashama, Columbia University, and Dixon Place. He has been curated in Prelude, CATCH, Hearth Gods, and Little Theatre. As an assistant director and dramaturg, he has worked with Half Straddle, Sibyl Kempson, Radiohole, and The Riot Group. He has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Swarthmore College.
THE DRINKING BIRD
The Drinking Bird is dialectical play about the meaning of work in an increasingly technological age. What is work for? How can we make it more meaningful? Could robots taking over our jobs be a good thing?
The Drinking Bird is the second part of The Roosters, a trilogy of plays exploring the problems of 21st-century global capitalism. The other two plays in the trilogy, tentatively entitled The Allegory of the Sunflower Sheep and The Roosters vs. The Vampire Money, deal with debt and money.
Written largely in the first person from Sam's experience as a childhood cancer survivor, AFTERWARD mixes medical memoir with scenes which use superhero movie tropes to explore the themes of illness, trauma, survivorship, and anxiety.
Special Cheese is play about parenthood, childhood, vegetarianism, tv, poetry, space bunnies, chatty caterpillars, and indecisive butterflies.