Dana Leslie Goldstein

Dana Leslie Goldstein

Dana Leslie Goldstein is an award-winning playwright and lyricist whose work has won the New England New Play Competition, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Prize, Different Voices New Play Award, ACTF New Play Award, the Henry Hoyns Poetry Fellowship, AWP Intro Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as numerous development grants. Her plays and musicals have been seen at The Cherry Lane...
Dana Leslie Goldstein is an award-winning playwright and lyricist whose work has won the New England New Play Competition, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Prize, Different Voices New Play Award, ACTF New Play Award, the Henry Hoyns Poetry Fellowship, AWP Intro Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as numerous development grants. Her plays and musicals have been seen at The Cherry Lane Theater, Culture Project, Julia Miles Theater, The York Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Center Stage, BMI, Vineyard Playhouse, Pulse, Theater Row Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, The Barrow Group, Acorn Theatre, Lark Theatre Company, Beckett Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse, WorkShop Theater Company, Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), TischAsia (Singapore), at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, on Ellis and Liberty Islands, at the United Nations and on Equity TYA tours throughout the East Coast.

Dana’s play Daughters of the Sexual Revolution was produced this fall on the MainStage at the WorkShop Theater Company (NYC). Additional 2015 presentations include the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYC) and the Players Club Theater of Swarthmore (PA).

Dana’s musical LIBERTY (book & lyrics) premiered at the 1,700 seat Warner Theatre Center (CT) and ran off-Broadway at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s this past fall. The original cast recording has just been released by Broadway Records and is also available on iTunes and Amazon. LIBERTY is available for national and international licensing through Miracle or 2 Productions. LIBERTY’s development has been supported by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Dana’s dramatic writing has also been funded by the Women’s Project Collaboration Initiative and the Sachar Foundation.
Dana has been a lyricist at BMI and a member of the Playwrights Lab at The Women’s Project, where several of her plays and her comic book musical CYCLONE and the Pig-Faced Lady (book & lyrics) originated. CYCLONE was an official Next Link selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival and has been seen at the York, The Barrow Group and most recently at The WorkShop Theater, where it continues its development and will be performed again in 2016.

Dana received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees in Poetry from University of Virginia and Playwriting from Brandeis University, both of which she attended on full writing scholarships. She has taught poetry, playwriting and lyric writing at University of Virginia, A Company of Writers (Cambridge, MA), City Lights Youth Theater (NYC) and through Theater Garden, Ltd. (Brooklyn, NY). Dana is Playwright-in-Residence for Theater Garden, Ltd. and a member of the Workshop Theater, NewShoe Theatre Group and the Dramatists Guild of America. Please visit http://www.danalesliegoldstein.com for more information.

Plays

  • Go Down, Moses
    On a liberal college campus in 1985, the students rally for divestment from South Africa.
    The faculty congratulate themselves on their past as warriors for civil rights. But when a
    controversial speaker is invited to campus, free speech becomes a battle cry, and those who fought together to end apartheid are suddenly on opposing sides. Racially charged
    incidents occur, and every character...
    On a liberal college campus in 1985, the students rally for divestment from South Africa.
    The faculty congratulate themselves on their past as warriors for civil rights. But when a
    controversial speaker is invited to campus, free speech becomes a battle cry, and those who fought together to end apartheid are suddenly on opposing sides. Racially charged
    incidents occur, and every character is changed as they realize how far there still is to go and are forced to reevaluate their own role in the struggle.
  • DAUGHTERS of the SEXUAL REVOLUTION
    It’s 1976. Joyce and Judy are married suburban moms, and they’re having an affair. With each other. Joyce’s daughter, Stacia, has just started college, and she has nothing like the sexual constraints her mother experienced. Against the backdrop of post-Nixon America, valium abuse and the six million dollar man, every character in Daughters of the Sexual Revolution is confronted with ethical choices, as they...
    It’s 1976. Joyce and Judy are married suburban moms, and they’re having an affair. With each other. Joyce’s daughter, Stacia, has just started college, and she has nothing like the sexual constraints her mother experienced. Against the backdrop of post-Nixon America, valium abuse and the six million dollar man, every character in Daughters of the Sexual Revolution is confronted with ethical choices, as they wrestle with their own fears and notions of who they are, and what it means to be faithful.