In 2005, Michael and his wife Jennifer Ward-Lealand co-starred in a production of the Edward Albee play, The Goat. It was voted "Best Play" in Metro magazine's annual Readers' Poll, and Listener magazine named 2005 "The Year of The Goat" in honor of the production: "No doubt about it, Michael Hurst and Jennifer Ward-Lealand gave the performances of the year, possibly of their lives . . . " This was the first time in close to a decade that Michael and Jennifer had appeared on stage together.