Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger is an award-winning playwright and librettist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theater and opera. Her awards include: Yale Prize, Opera America Discovery Grant, and Generations Award. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally, including: The Kennedy Center, National Theatre/London, Voces8/London, Court Theatre/New...
Jacqueline Goldfinger is an award-winning playwright and librettist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theater and opera. Her awards include: Yale Prize, Opera America Discovery Grant, and Generations Award. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally, including: The Kennedy Center, National Theatre/London, Voces8/London, Court Theatre/New Zealand, CATF, American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern, and Disquiet/Lisbon. She has written 10 published and produced full-length plays, 2 produced choral pieces, and has 3 operas in-development; (1) "Alice Tierney" composer Melissa Dunphy, Discovery Grant, Oberlin Opera Schlichting Commission, World Premiere 2023, (2) "Queen of the Goths" composer Kevin Laskey (PhD Penn), and (3) "Twa" composer Justine F. Chen (Discovery Grant Awardee for "Seven Sisters"). Her work has been supported by Yaddo, Millay Colony, and published by Edition Peters, Concord Theatricals, among others.

Plays

  • The Grand Lady: The Lives and Loves of Sandra Day O'Connor *BRAND NEW PLAY*
    This 80 minute, no intermission, no set, one-woman-show takes place on the night that O'Connor must make the decision to either stay on the Supreme Court and put her husband in a nursing home due to worsening Alzheimer's or to hand in her retirement letter to the President and take care of the love of her life as his health declines. Throughout the show, we learn about the adventurous, incredible,...
    This 80 minute, no intermission, no set, one-woman-show takes place on the night that O'Connor must make the decision to either stay on the Supreme Court and put her husband in a nursing home due to worsening Alzheimer's or to hand in her retirement letter to the President and take care of the love of her life as his health declines. Throughout the show, we learn about the adventurous, incredible, determined life of the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, while also delving into her personal love story with the partner who put his ambitions aside to support hers and to raise their family. BRAND NEW PLAY!
  • Babel
    “Babel” is a dark comedy set in the near future. Two couples are having trouble getting pregnant and the lengths they go to in order to have a baby raises the specter of eugenics, explores the societal value of a baby, and asks us what we are willing to risk for love. If you like Booker’s “Black Mirror,” Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go,” or Haley’s “The Nether,” then this play is for you. It requires four...
    “Babel” is a dark comedy set in the near future. Two couples are having trouble getting pregnant and the lengths they go to in order to have a baby raises the specter of eugenics, explores the societal value of a baby, and asks us what we are willing to risk for love. If you like Booker’s “Black Mirror,” Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go,” or Haley’s “The Nether,” then this play is for you. It requires four characters (3F,1M) and a flexile set.
  • Bottle Fly
    Winner of the 2017 Yale Drama Prize and a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards, Bottle Fly is set in a bar in the Florida Everglades. This biting, brutally funny multigenerational family drama concerns a Gulf Coast couple, their disabled young ward, two lesbian tenants, and the bonds that bind them all together. It is a powerful story born out of the playwright’s own experiences with the rapidly...
    Winner of the 2017 Yale Drama Prize and a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards, Bottle Fly is set in a bar in the Florida Everglades. This biting, brutally funny multigenerational family drama concerns a Gulf Coast couple, their disabled young ward, two lesbian tenants, and the bonds that bind them all together. It is a powerful story born out of the playwright’s own experiences with the rapidly changing social environment of rural Florida, where long-standing traditions and beliefs can collide, sometimes dangerously, with new ideas of personhood, identity, and self-realization.
  • Click (Stage Version)
    A techno-thriller that begins when a young woman is raped at a fraternity and ends in a future where corporations promise a new body with the swipe of a screen, Click follows a hacktivist named Fresh who turns industrial espionage into high art. As this virtual Banksy takes over the global imagination, the man who stole her life develops a technology that sends the two of them on a collision course at the heart...
    A techno-thriller that begins when a young woman is raped at a fraternity and ends in a future where corporations promise a new body with the swipe of a screen, Click follows a hacktivist named Fresh who turns industrial espionage into high art. As this virtual Banksy takes over the global imagination, the man who stole her life develops a technology that sends the two of them on a collision course at the heart of the corporate empire, where innovation comes at any cost. A cyberpunk drama for the #MeToo era, a story of trauma, transformation and reclaiming who you are. (5-12 Characters, Diverse Casting, Flexible Set) THIS PLAY IS MEANT TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED FOR EACH COMMUNITY. So changes in references, language, etc are permissible.
  • 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
  • Skin and Bone
    In Skin & Bone, Goldfinger returns to her roots as a Southern Gothic storyteller to spin a darkly comic tale of a set of twin cannibal grandmothers, Midge and Madge, and the love of their life. "Skin & Bone" explores the absurd adherence to the time honored traditions that destroy you.
  • The Little Mermaid (for ages 5+)
    A new adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID for ages 5+. A Classic Fable of Love, Music, and Adventure from the timeless tale by Hans Christian Anderson. This adaptation of MERMAID focuses on finding true friendship and the power of love. In order to make it fun for younger audiences, this adaptation is told by a present day family using multi-sensory and story theater techniques.
  • Edie and Mae
    The water’s gone. Mae can hear the future rushing back, maybe. Edie fell in love at first sight, definitely. A love story of two women at the edge of the world, reaching through the pipes for one last drop of salvation. (30 minute one-act for two female performers)
  • Love, Sometimes
    A romantic screwball comedy about a couple who meet on the one year anniversary of their divorce. (10 minute play, 1 male and 1 female performer)