Jeremy Karafin & Alex Mallory, Co-Artistic Directors
Poetic Theater Productions is an NYC theater company working with poets & playwrights to create a visceral, poetic theater
Read this letter urging everyone to see Goliath written by Vietnam veteran Everett Cox.
Stage Manager: Sarah Livant
Lighting Designer: Brad Peterson
Dramaturg: Becca Poccia
Fight Choreographer: Jim Cairl
Producer: Jeremy Karafin
Poems written and performed by US military veterans are presented at the beginning of each performance.
Each performance of Goliath is followed by a moderated discussion with the audience along with the creative team and cast. This response is an integral part of the performance, and the voices of audience members have greatly informed the conversation and direction of the production throughout its history.
“The reason veterans don’t talk to civilians about their stories is because we think you don’t understand – but this show shows that you do understand, and that’s where the dialogue can begin” – US Army Veteran Martin J. Smith, post-show discussion at La Guardia Community College 05/09/13
Goliath was first presented at Stanford University in January 2007, where it was one of two student productions invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was selected for National Consideration, and received the award for Outstanding Student Direction. Goliath premiered in NYC as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity where it received awards for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble. Goliath has been presented as part of Poetic License: a festival of new poetic theater, in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival, at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center on Veterans Day 2012, as part of the Program to Honor Veterans at La Guardia Community College, and in a multi-week run at the Wild Project in NYC.