The Arsonists

When starting over means setting fire to what you know and love. THE ARSONISTS is a lyrical, powerhouse drama about a father-daughter arson team set in the Florida swamp lands and inspired by ELECTRA. Read the free preview on Samuel French: https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/63176/the-arsonists Read press and see more information about previous productions: https://jacqueline-goldfinger.squarespace.com
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The Arsonists

Recommended by

  • Beth Kander:
    29 Jan. 2022
    This was the first play I ever read on NPX, years ago, and I still think about it. Highly recommend.
  • Tyler Joseph Rossi:
    23 Jul. 2019
    I've always been a big fan of music in plays. Goldfinger uses it to great effect, here. THE ARSONISTS is a well of inspiration for playwrights in terms of breaking the molds of style.

    The play has a lot to say about letting go... so much so that I find myself returning to it again and again.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    12 Jan. 2019
    The Arsonists offers vigorous, vital and wholly compelling storytelling, both by the characters and in the central narrative. M. faces the excruciatingly difficult task of letting go and there is real suspense in watching her reluctantly make the choices and take the actions that allow her to finally do so. There were so many moments in which I was shaken in a way that "moved" doesn't quite capture by scenes of harrowing emotional resonance enacted with clarity or described with elegant simplicity.

Character Information

  • M
    Late-20s+
  • H
    50+

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    La MaMa International Writer's Showcase
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    NNPN New Play Showcase
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Fellowship with Wendy MacLeod, Kenyon Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Dakin Fellowship with Paula Vogel and Dan O'Brien, Sewanee Writers Conference
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Relentless Theatre
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    Duluth Playhouse
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    DENIZEN Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    The Court Theatre, New Zealand
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Perseverance Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Benchmark Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Thrown Stone Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Palaver Tree Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Azuka Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • University
    ,
    Washington College
    ,
    2017

Awards

Runner Up
,
Leah Ryan Prize
,
2016