Jeffrey Gold

Jeffrey Gold

Educated at Cambridge University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah, Jeffrey Gold was a member of the Playwright's Group for more than three seasons, through the auspices of the Salt Lake Acting Company (premiered Tony Kushner’s Angels in America) under dramaturg Mike Dorrell (BBC's Soldier, Soldier, Pictures of a Floating World) and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen (Two-Headed, Last...
Educated at Cambridge University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah, Jeffrey Gold was a member of the Playwright's Group for more than three seasons, through the auspices of the Salt Lake Acting Company (premiered Tony Kushner’s Angels in America) under dramaturg Mike Dorrell (BBC's Soldier, Soldier, Pictures of a Floating World) and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen (Two-Headed, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, Wait!). His plays IN THE PURSUIT OF SVETLA, HORST AND GRABEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNFINISHED MAN, FITCH TODD, PERCOLATION THEORY, DEDEKIND, HORST AND GRABEN AT THE CHATEAU GODOT, EXECUTION AT PARADAIS ISLAND, DISPLACEMENT: A FISH IN WATER STORY, GRIEVING AT DOORS, and FAIR SHAKE, FUTURE PERFECT ("The Russian Play"), A COLD NIGHT FOR A DIVA, PURCHASE, CHAMPAGNE FOR CHEKHOV, and AIA have garnered numerous awards, readings, and productions. FAIR SHAKE was selected for the 2013 Smith & Kraus anthology The Best Ten-Minute Plays. He has won over 90 awards and recognitions in playwriting and screenwriting, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Entrada Institute. Jeffrey has pitched to producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Gran Via Productions), producer Barry M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings), agent Beth Swofford (CAA), packaging agent Rob Kenneally (CAA), and story development executive Chris Kuser (MegaMind, Dreamworks Animation). He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Reviews

"I had a chance to read FUTURE PERFECT on my plane ride today. I found it a really intriguing concept, and the literateness of the language was delightful and stimulating."
–Stephen Schwartz, Lyricist/Composer (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), on FUTURE PERFECT

"Comedy being the hardest mountain to climb, the writer has a great sense of humor and it shows in this piece. Congratulations, as that is a gift few people have. The dialogue is clearly smart, witty and breezy."
–Janet Leahy, Emmy-nominated Writer/Producer (Crashing [HBO], Mad Men, Boston Legal, Gilmore Girls, Cheers), on QUANTUM DREAMS

"I've read a number of Jeffrey's scripts over the years: stage plays, feature screenplays, and TV pilots. He recently shared with me a pilot set in a university physics department that was darkly funny, quirky, and disturbing—in a fantastic, un-put-downable way. The anti-"Big Bang Theory." I loved it. Jeffrey has a knack for dialogue and a way of creating real, honest, unique, and quirky characters that jump off the page: searchers, dreamers, schemers. He has a sense of story that seems effortless, but comes, I think, from both study and practice—and a natural ear/eye for drama."
–Luke Schelhaas, Co-Executive Producer (Outlander, The Good Wife), on QUANTUM DREAMS

"Dialogue is smooth and human, very readable. The whole sequence with Cassandra and the discussion afterward feels real and nicely drawn. Overall you build a great sense of mystery and foreboding, I'm up for learning about just what goes on inside Deliverance."
–Brian Nelson, Writer/Producer (Altered Carbon, Hard Candy), on SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN

"THE CLERK is a monologue with a dark twist. The only character, The Clerk, is a simple, unworldly man as evidenced by how his dialogue parrots his mother, and how she expressed her doubts about him being able to live on his own, and how he asks the audience for dating advice. Hints throughout—the Wagnerian opera, his love vanishing with her family in the middle of the night, etc. Since this is a monologue, the dialogue was key in this play, and it didn't disappoint. Lines like "you deserve the abuse you seek" become all the more chilling once we finally figure out that the clerk is a low-level Nazi. And the Clerk telling the captives that he sees their value in society lets us know that he likely isn't quite clued in as to what will actually happen to the prisoners. His last line, "If you see Ariel Sonnenschein, please tell her I'm still thinking of her," is chilling, but again shows us that the Clerk likely isn't aware of the true nature of the "final destination" he mentions. The Clerk was an affecting script in a small package. Very well done."
–2019 Austin Film Festival judge's comments, on THE CLERK

"I enjoyed it. Nice austere but riveting small piece."
–Jon Jory, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, on HORST AND GRABEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNFINISHED MAN

"Jeff Gold's work is smart, original, surprising, and satisfying. He knows the theatre well, what it can do and what makes it exciting. He also has a nose for interesting characters in unique situations. His is a wonderful theatrical voice. No question about it."
–Julie Jensen, Award-Winning Playwright (Wait!, Two-Headed, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, White Money)

"FITCH TODD by Jeffrey Gold shows a playwright very much in command of the form—able to shape rich and dense content into a short play with mystery and humor. The payoff of this play is very strong. You know why you've been watching it with attention from its opening moment and feel the curtain pays all that attention off."
–David Kranes, founding Artistic Director, Sundance Playwright's Lab

"Jeff Gold's work has a unique and quirky feel about it. His plays get under your skin, get stuck in your teeth until you find yourself compelled to laugh...to cry. A welcome voice in the world of theater."
–Playwright Jeff Metcalf, Founder, Sawtooth Writer's Conference

"Jeff is an inventive playwright with a wicked wit. His plays and a recent screenplay have deservedly won many contests. And he always has helpful insights about other people's work."
–Elaine Jarvik, Award-winning Playwright

"I professionally reviewed one of Jeff's scripts and found it to be fundamentally sound, well written, and emotionally involving."
–Dave Trottier, Screenwriting Consultant/Author (The Screenwriting Bible)

"Jeffrey Gold is an exceptional, creative professional. I have benefited from his musical talents, and admire his contributions as a playwright."
–Ken Verdoia, Producer/Journalist, KUED (PBS)

"I was truly affected by your well written concise work. In each play, the dialogue flowed naturally, the ending gripped me and the final irony left me entertained with strong emotions."
–Kristin Ettinger, Assistant Editor, Pioneer Drama Service on HORST AND GRABEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNFINISHED MAN and FITCH TODD

"Your play HORST & GRABEN caught our attention as an unusual, interesting and well written piece...we'd like to include it in our annual Short Play Reading Festival."
–Dena Nathanson, Director, Boca Raton Theatre Guild

"HORST AND GRABEN takes the conflicts and hardships of daily life and presents them in the form of a Vaudeville routine, in the spirit of Samuel Beckett."
–Steve Mathews, Director, Just Off Broadway Theater, Kansas City, Missouri

"DEDEKIND by Jeffrey Gold...is sure to hit the mark with a Lab [Theatre] audience. You know, them artsy types."
–Craig Froehlich, Red Magazine

Plays

  • SpaceEx
    AitaBrxTyan breaks up with her earthling husband Wade because of his inadequacies as a provider.
  • Aia
    Aia discovers something life-changing about her pregnancy from her fertility doctor.
  • Champagne for Chekhov
    Unexpected guests pay Anton Chekhov a visit at the most poignant moment of his life.
  • The Clerk
    A train clerk enlists the help of waiting passengers to make a choice in his romantic future.

    Official Selection-Production, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Sydney 2019
    Official Selection, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) Reading Festival, 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Sydney 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Dubai 2019
    Shortlist,...
    A train clerk enlists the help of waiting passengers to make a choice in his romantic future.

    Official Selection-Production, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Sydney 2019
    Official Selection, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) Reading Festival, 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Sydney 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Dubai 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Manila 2019
    Shortlist, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Hollywood 2019
    Semi-Finalist, Film Challenge, WeMakeMovies, 2019
  • Future Perfect
    A talented, young pianist battles for his life against draconian clone laws and a society hell-bent on retribution when he is tried for the crimes of his original. Recognitions: Official Selection - 2017 Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2017 Take Ten Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2016 LIC One Act Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2016 Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company Short...
    A talented, young pianist battles for his life against draconian clone laws and a society hell-bent on retribution when he is tried for the crimes of his original. Recognitions: Official Selection - 2017 Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2017 Take Ten Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2016 LIC One Act Festival (NYC) • Official Selection - 2016 Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company Short Play Project (NYC)

    "I had a chance to read FUTURE PERFECT on my plane ride today. I found it a really intriguing concept, and the literateness of the language was delightful and stimulating."

    –Stephen Schwartz, Lyricist/Composer (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin)
  • Purchase
    Two men interrogate a woman to determine the veracity of her claim of being raped by someone in high office.
  • A Cold Night For A Diva
    A former star is confronted by a fan who inadvertently exposes the reason for the Diva's antisocial behavior. (Official Selection & Production – 2017 Short + Sweet Festival Hollywood, Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles)
  • Fair Shake
    In this award-winning stylized comedy, Noel Ives has a job interview with Phil Hennessey. When Ives gets things wrong, a buzzer puts him back on track. Does Ives get the job, or does the buzzer get Hennessey too? [Official Selection - Smith & Kraus Anthology - THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2013]
  • Candycane Hurricane
    In this dramatic one act play, a gentleman arrives to pick up a young woman on the day of her release from a psychiatric hospital.
  • Percolation Theory
    In this dark comedy, the overbearing owner of a Fortune 500 company visits the home of a former employee—with a few surprises. FINALIST - 2005 Theatre Publicus Prize for Dramatic Literature.
  • Dedekind
    In this award-winning experimental, existential absurdist comedy, characters in a play converse about their predicament, lambaste the playwright, or defend him, and eventually come to grips with their quantum mixolydean reality.
  • Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot
    In this award-winning absurdist tragicomedy, Horst, an everyman, is waiting for a dinner date to arrive. Graben, a long-forgotten near-acquaintance recognizes him and again intrudes into the much-sought serenity of his life.
  • Execution at Paradais Island
    Two blokes are scheduled for execution at Paradais Island, the notorious military prison, and have the occasion to reminisce about the past and face their short future together.
  • Fitch Todd
    In this award-winning comedic tragedietta, Fitch Todd, a dried-out composer, has lost all motivation to live; his publisher conspires to pull him out of his doldrums for selfish reasons.
  • Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man
    In this multiple award-winning short absurdist comedy, Horst, an everyman, is waiting for a bus in the middle of the desert. Graben, a manipulative Social Darwinist, approaches Horst and attempts to convince him of the futility of his endeavor.
  • Black And White And Red All Over
    This is the true, untold story of Project 100,000 and one instructor whose men 'failed' to go to
    Vietnam. While a war of poverty was waged at home during the war in Vietnam, unqualified,
    low-IQ draftees (mostly African-Americans) were enlisted, educated, and rapidly shuffled off to
    combat—effectively becoming McNamara's cannon fodder—under the guise of lifting men from...
    This is the true, untold story of Project 100,000 and one instructor whose men 'failed' to go to
    Vietnam. While a war of poverty was waged at home during the war in Vietnam, unqualified,
    low-IQ draftees (mostly African-Americans) were enlisted, educated, and rapidly shuffled off to
    combat—effectively becoming McNamara's cannon fodder—under the guise of lifting men from
    poverty and making them into productive members of society. This is the story of those men and
    the time and those who subverted the system.