Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She grew up in the rural South and is primarily known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. She has also written original plays across genres as well as adapted classic literature for the stage.

She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, National New Play Network, and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She won the Yale Drama Prize...
Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She grew up in the rural South and is primarily known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. She has also written original plays across genres as well as adapted classic literature for the stage.

She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, National New Play Network, and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She's been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize. Her book, "Bottle Fly," published by Yale Press, was a finalist at the International Book Awards. Her plays have been developed at theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, McCarter Theater, and Kansas City Rep. Her plays have been produced at theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, The Court Theatre/New Zealand, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krause, and Blackbird Literary Journal. Her work has been supported by Yaddo, National Endowment for the Arts, The Millay Colony, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Audrey Residency, Drama League, and The Mitten Lab, among others. As a dramaturg, she has worked with companies including PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse (assistant dramaturg). She co-Founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn, a free three year mentorship program for emerging playwrights. She teaches Playwriting in the MFA Theater Program at Temple University. She is a Mentor for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and runs the playwriting resource, Page By Page. She is represented by The Gurman Agency.

Plays

  • Babel
    What would you do if you had the power to build your own baby? And a best friend who is a talking Stork? In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which genetic traits their child will have, and what behaviors they are likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, the parent(s) are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the...
    What would you do if you had the power to build your own baby? And a best friend who is a talking Stork? In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which genetic traits their child will have, and what behaviors they are likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, the parent(s) 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 collide over what to do with their PRE certification test 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? If you like Booker’s “Black Mirror,” Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go,” or Haley’s “The Nether,” but wish they had a few more laughs, then this play is for you.
  • Click
    CLICK is a fast, bright, darkly humorous Feminist Sci-Fi that follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. As we spin forward in time over a decade, the characters create virtual reality identities that blur time and space; designing new technologies to erase a past that's impossible to forget, and grappling with the consequences of real life that can't be shifted, no...
    CLICK is a fast, bright, darkly humorous Feminist Sci-Fi that follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. As we spin forward in time over a decade, the characters create virtual reality identities that blur time and space; designing new technologies to erase a past that's impossible to forget, and grappling with the consequences of real life that can't be shifted, no matter how fast you code. It's a uniquely theatrical Sherlock-ian thriller that explores questions of consent, technology and identity. If you like "Black Mirror," "Never Let Me Go," or "Get Out" then this play is for you. (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
  • The Little Mermaid
    A new adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID. A Classic Fable of Love, Music, and Adventure. Adapted for the stage by Jacqueline Goldfinger. From the timeless tale by Hans Christian Anderson With music composed for the sea by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Marsick, and Ravel. This version of MERMAID focuses on body positivity and the power of love.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, unconscious bias, and our need to move forward.
  • The Terrible Girls
    "The Terrible Girls" is a Southern Gothic horror/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. This full-length play is published by Playscripts (http...
    "The Terrible Girls" is a Southern Gothic horror/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. This full-length play is published by Playscripts (http://www.playscripts.com/play/2205).
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Queen of the Goths
    EARLY DRAFT. NEEDS WORKSHOP REVISION. SEEKING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. "Queen of the Goths" is a Southern Gothic riff on "Titus Andronicus." Inspired by Shakespeare’s infamous and bloody Titus, it explores this classic play through the villainized lens of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, who was captured by Titus, and refocuses the story on both the female characters and Titus' own PTSD....
    EARLY DRAFT. NEEDS WORKSHOP REVISION. SEEKING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. "Queen of the Goths" is a Southern Gothic riff on "Titus Andronicus." Inspired by Shakespeare’s infamous and bloody Titus, it explores this classic play through the villainized lens of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, who was captured by Titus, and refocuses the story on both the female characters and Titus' own PTSD. It’s set in the lawless Victorian Era of the Florida Everglades where corruption, power, and greed are rampant. Perfect for fans of the original play as well as films like Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and books like Morrison’s "Beloved."