Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger's work has been produced and/or developed at theaters including The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, New Georges, The National Theatre (London/upcoming), Vermont Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Seattle Public, Azuka Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Works. She has worked on public art projects with FringeArts/Reading Terminal...
Jacqueline Goldfinger's work has been produced and/or developed at theaters including The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, New Georges, The National Theatre (London/upcoming), Vermont Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Seattle Public, Azuka Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Works. She has worked on public art projects with FringeArts/Reading Terminal Market, Missing Bolts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She's won the Yale Drama Prize, the Smith Prize, a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Brown Martin Award, and a Philadelphia Critics Award for Best New Play. She was the runner-up for the Leah Ryan Prize and has been a nominee for both the Weissberger Award and the Blackburn Prize. Her work has been supported by the Emerson Stage Residency, Audrey Residency, Drama League Residency, Yaddo, NEA ArtWorks, Independence Foundation, National New Play Network, The Lark's Playwrights Week, and the PlayPenn New Play Conference, among others. She is represented by Abrams Artist Agency. Visit her online at: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com

Plays

  • Click
    Would you walk the streets as your online avatar? As George Clooney? What will we do when our physical and online identities meet? Set in the underground world of virtual graffiti, "Click" is a techno-epic that follows college students involved in frat rape that goes viral; exploring how the event changes their lives from 2016-2031 as new technologies allow them to create identities that walk through...
    Would you walk the streets as your online avatar? As George Clooney? What will we do when our physical and online identities meet? Set in the underground world of virtual graffiti, "Click" is a techno-epic that follows college students involved in frat rape that goes viral; exploring how the event changes their lives from 2016-2031 as new technologies allow them to create identities that walk through the computer screen and into reality.
  • The Arsonists
    Set deep in a Florida swamp, "The Arsonists" is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by the Greek tragedy "Electra," this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening. It is the runner-up for the 2016 Leah Ryan Prize, and was...
    Set deep in a Florida swamp, "The Arsonists" is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by the Greek tragedy "Electra," this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening. It is the runner-up for the 2016 Leah Ryan Prize, and was nominated for the Blackburn Prize and Weissberger Award. Download the script on the New Play Exchange.
  • Slip/Shot
    When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, even an accident can have paralyzing consequences; a heartbreaking drama about violence, fear, and our need to move forward. Winner of the 2012 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Brown Martin Award and featured in American Theatre Magazine. Download the script on the New Play Exchange. Winner, Brown Martin Award Winner,...
    When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, even an accident can have paralyzing consequences; a heartbreaking drama about violence, fear, and our need to move forward. Winner of the 2012 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Brown Martin Award and featured in American Theatre Magazine. Download the script on the New Play Exchange. Winner, Brown Martin Award Winner, Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play Named one of the "Top 10 Productions of 2012" by Philadelphia Weekly “Like many of Goldfinger’s plays, Slip/Shot is decidedly southern gothic, with an ethereal lyricism that evokes Faulkner, McCullers, Williams.” -American Theatre Magazine “Flashpoint excels with Slip/Shot. This beautifully crafted and intensely moving drama…is served by a powerful cast and an imaginative and skilled director.” -Philadelphia Inquirer “Searing drama…movingly premiered…Celebrate the power of hope.” -Philadelphia City Paper “A remarkable new play…and it benefits from director Rebecca Wright’s intense production…go to Slip/Shot and be dazzled by Goldfinger’s perceptive dialogue, by characters who are intelligently and distinctly drawn, and by finely detailed observations that make the sparsely lit and designed play seem uncommonly vivid. The performances are all excellent.” -Talkin’ Broadway “Goldfinger has a unique poetic voice. She isn’t writing just to entertain an audience (though she manages to do so); she is writing to pose questions that have no quick, simple answers. In Slip/Shot , Goldfinger asks us to consider the basis of our suspicions and the impact America’s legacy of racism has on both our individual and national identity.” -Philadelphia Weekly “We are magnetically pulled into the story…a great cast and script.” -Examiner.com “I urge everyone to see this play. It is wonderful theatre that will generate deep and enlightening conversation; kudos to Flashpoint for bravely asking the questions so many of us want to avoid.” -Stage Magazine “Jacqueline Goldfinger’s writing in Slip/Shot is assured and unhurried, offering heft, a feel for the South, and a good story. As her sheriff (Keith Conallen) says, ‘Nothin’ folks like better than a juicy story.’” -CurtainUp “Painful and potent drama…we have a historic homily about family, trauma, the reality of things falling apart, and the way we grow and heal once the dust has settled and the sun rises once again. The 1960′s may be an extremely popular era these days, but the reality of this play cuts through the nostalgia of flipped hair and circle skirts, and focuses on the humans at the heart of the drama…It’s filled with darkness and the shadows of hate, but it’s also beautifully nuanced and celebrates the power that love gives us to let go, and move on…Those looking for easy answers on “how to solve the problem or racism” or “whose fault is whose” wont find anything of the sort in Goldfinger’s work. Instead, she gives her audience an examination of tragedy as it exists in life, using a painful accident and it’s ramifications to look at humanity, family and the way our experiences inform our entire lives. All of the characters in this world are valid complete human beings, regardless of how they ultimately decide to deal with Monroe’s death, and as the play ends, we are left with a sense of lingering sorrow and that all-pervasive villain hope. False or true, it’s what keeps us going, moving forward, into the future. And we have to believe that that’s better than living in the past. Have you seen the past lately? It’s a mess.” -Staged
  • Bottle Fly
    Just Announced: Winner of the 2017 Yale Drama Prize. "Bottle Fly" is an earthy, cruel and hilarious multi-generational family drama of profound and reckless love.
  • The Terrible Girls
    "The Terrible Girls" is a wicked dark comedy of deceit, desire, and Southern sensibilities. Three women work in a rundown bar off interstate 10 and have a big secret that becomes more and more difficult to keep. "The Terrible Girls" explores the duality of human nature and the murky line between friendship and obcession. “A grand, grotesque little play.” -Philadelphia Inquirer. Nominated for...
    "The Terrible Girls" is a wicked dark comedy of deceit, desire, and Southern sensibilities. Three women work in a rundown bar off interstate 10 and have a big secret that becomes more and more difficult to keep. "The Terrible Girls" explores the duality of human nature and the murky line between friendship and obcession. “A grand, grotesque little play.” -Philadelphia Inquirer. Nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, this full-length play is published by Playscripts (http://www.playscripts.com/play/2205). “Tasty, tart and terrible meal…Smoothly crafted amusingly dark text.” -Staged “Captivating play by Jacqueline Goldfinger…This is an immensely entertaining and thought provoking play that will leave audiences with a great sense of satisfaction resulting from excellent performances in a superbly well-staged production. This is a play that will be appreciated on a great many levels. It is a dark comedy for sure, but, it will also reach deep within the hearts of its audience as it delves into the complex inner lives of these three wonderfully constructed characters. ” -Stage Magazine “3 Women comes to mind…Sharp comic timing brings a vital levity to the cutting plot twists and nightmarish revelations. It’s an interesting examination of need for authority, whether real or imagined, that keeps us in the most precarious situations. Emotional needs beat logic to the truth in this pressure-cooker drama.” -CityPaper “Smoky, provocative and refreshing…As the best theater does, it forces us to reflect and leaves us in awe of what we witnessed on stage. Plus… there’s fake blood and a great soundtrack and lots of laughs.” -Uwishunu.com “Three Stars.” -Time Out, New York “All the smokiness of a Southern Gothic drama.” -Backstage “Suspenseful and provocative…a refreshing new story admirably written…What makes this play different than a mundane portrait of the modern South is its mythic quality. the terrible girls forces us to reflect on the duality of human nature and witness how deceit, desire, and obsession can lead to transgression.” -NYTheatre.com
  • The Oath
    "The Oath" is a Southern Gothic tale set during the Great Depression; a wandering preacher is embroiled in the passions and politics of a swampy Florida outpost ruled with a macabre sense of justice by two rival sisters. A darkly comic look at balancing ambition and ideals in a time of crisis. "Magnificent" & "Soulful" -Theatre Buzz (NYC) "Outstanding drama......
    "The Oath" is a Southern Gothic tale set during the Great Depression; a wandering preacher is embroiled in the passions and politics of a swampy Florida outpost ruled with a macabre sense of justice by two rival sisters. A darkly comic look at balancing ambition and ideals in a time of crisis. "Magnificent" & "Soulful" -Theatre Buzz (NYC) "Outstanding drama...Wonderful, thought-provoking...Goldfinger marvelously unfolds the story with great dialogue and sympathetic characters." Theater Talk (NYC) "An intriguing journey through the swampy American South..."The Oath" sends its audience upon a mind-enriching exploration in which we leave with more questions than answers-questions that will haunt even the most resistant audience member's mind." -Show Business Weekly "It's perhaps due to [Goldfinger's] deliberate subtlety that "The Oath's" symbolism is so affecting. The story is laden with religious parallels, questions of female identity and themes of secrecy and familial duty, but the presence of a nationwide crisis that hovers over its cast of characters is what allows us to relate to them right off the bat - even before Goldfinger dismantles, in a startlingly effective manner, the initial archetypes that these characters represent." -OffOffOnline
  • Skin and Bone
    "Skin & Bone" is a new comedy that recently won Best New Play at the Philadelphia Critics Awards. In this full-length play, elderly twins sisters Midge and Madge run a broken down bed and breakfast that has a date with the wrecking ball. When a young woman appears, searching for clues about a former guest, a storm of memories begins to brew and all three women stumble down a dark and dusty road of...
    "Skin & Bone" is a new comedy that recently won Best New Play at the Philadelphia Critics Awards. In this full-length play, elderly twins sisters Midge and Madge run a broken down bed and breakfast that has a date with the wrecking ball. When a young woman appears, searching for clues about a former guest, a storm of memories begins to brew and all three women stumble down a dark and dusty road of a past better left hidden. "Skin & Bone" explores the mutability of memory and the laughter that comes from the fractured remembrances of our journey through life. Download the script on the New Play Exchange. Winner, Best New Play, Philadelphia Critics Awards Named "Best of Philadelphia Theater 2014" by the Philadelphia Weekly "[Goldfinger] has displayed a knack for blackly comic eccentricity, decay, and alienation the wretched likes of which haven't been seen since William Faulkner. In the dark genre, her plays' flippant humor, the genuine laugh lines, are a treat." -Philadelphia Inquirer “Jacqueline Goldfinger, Philadelphia’s finest female playwright, returned to her southern Gothic roots with this wonderfully depraved affair. A unique blend of the most terrible and tender sides of human behavior, Skin and Bone was a collision between Arsenic and Old Lace and The Dukes of Hazzard. Under Allison Heishman’s direction, Maureen Torsney-Weir and the hugely underrated Drucie McDaniel portrayed two sisters with more grit and vigor than many male characters could muster.” -Philadelphia Weekly “How much one considers Jacqueline Goldfinger’s provocative new playSkin & Bone a comedy depends on where each person draws the line between funny and sick. It’s a balancing act that countless horror movies can’t achieve, but one that the Florida native, as Azuka Theatre’s skillfully produced premiere shows, handles with skill and verve. I found the play humorous, but with a darker vibe that is deliciously complex and eerie; it’s the kind of comedy that elicits uncomfortable titters and gasps, not belly laughs….What’s really special, though, is seeing a great new play by an up-and-coming local playwright (who won 2012’s Barrymore Award for best new play forSlip/Shot, produced by Flashpoint Theatre Company) featuring women characters of an age too seldom portrayed, played by fine actresses too seldom seen.” -Philadelphia CityPaper "A Skin & Bone with plenty of meat. Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Skin & Bone, a new play in a convincing world premiere by Azuka Theatre. It’s the second part of Goldfinger’s intended trilogy; the first, the terrible girls. I didn’t get a chance to see it, but after watching Skin & Bone I sure want to read it.” -WHYY/Newsworks “Once again Azuka has lived up to it’s reputation for bringing daring pieces to the stage, that always make one think, and in this case, giggle a little, and shiver a lot. I look forward to Goldfinger’s finale of the femme fatale trilogy.” -Stage Magazine “Playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger goes beyond the loose academic associations of Southern Gothic literature and creates a play that pays close attention to the tradition and its many quirks. Goldfinger produces the genuine article where a lesser playwright might have lapsed into imitation or even parody;Skin and Bone is a slice of heightened reality where both the weirdness and the emotional resonance of the SoGoth classics are expanded to fit the stage.” -Phindie
  • Babel
    In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first month of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the certification, the child will be limited in what it is allowed to do....
    In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first month of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the certification, the child will be limited in what it is allowed to do. Two couples, both early in their pregnancies, collide over whether or not to open the “PRE” certification test results, and what to do once they know the results. With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West. What will we do to “civilize” it and ourselves? How far will we go when playing God? (SCRIPT WILL BE POSTED SOON)