Alex Goldberg

Alex Goldberg

Full-length plays: America’s Brightest Star (Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh, NY), It is Done (NYC, Hollywood - best of L.A. 2012 Huffington Post), I’m In Love With Your Wife (Winner - Outstanding Playwriting, Midtown Int'l Theatre Fest., NYC), Stock Home (FringeNYC), The Final Jew (O’Neill semifinalist) and book/co-lyrics to Election Day (ASCAPlus awards, American Theater of Actors, O’Neill finalist). One-...
Full-length plays: America’s Brightest Star (Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh, NY), It is Done (NYC, Hollywood - best of L.A. 2012 Huffington Post), I’m In Love With Your Wife (Winner - Outstanding Playwriting, Midtown Int'l Theatre Fest., NYC), Stock Home (FringeNYC), The Final Jew (O’Neill semifinalist) and book/co-lyrics to Election Day (ASCAPlus awards, American Theater of Actors, O’Neill finalist). One-acts: Lying Naked (Winner – Outstanding One-Act, Planet Connection Festivity), Broad Daylight (Little Fish Theatre - Long Beach, NY, Taiwan), The Third Date (Pittsburgh New Works Festival), and Breakdown in Babel (Instant Theatre Fest.). Publication: Original Works Publishing, Smith & Kraus. Film: Fade to White. Member: Actors Studio West P/D Unit, Antaeus Theatre Co. Playwrights Lab, ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, Inc.

Plays

  • It is Done
    * Named one of the top productions of the year in Los Angeles (2012) - The Huffington Post

    Inside a desolate bar in the middle of nowhere bartender Hank and his only customers, Jonas, a man on the run, and Ruby, a mysterious woman on a mission, settle in for a long evening to ride out a windstorm. Trapped together, seemingly innocent conversation escalates into life or death struggles as past secrets are revealed.
  • Mayor of the 85th Floor
    In the near future, Rome lives a life of indentured servitude on the 28th Floor of the Empire State Building, now home to squatters and a vertical city. She spends her time working at a bodega on the floor which is run by the crafty and shifty Selma, and caring for Orlando, a mute orphan who only plays video games. The building and possibly the city are falling apart, and Rome desires to leave, especially now...
    In the near future, Rome lives a life of indentured servitude on the 28th Floor of the Empire State Building, now home to squatters and a vertical city. She spends her time working at a bodega on the floor which is run by the crafty and shifty Selma, and caring for Orlando, a mute orphan who only plays video games. The building and possibly the city are falling apart, and Rome desires to leave, especially now that the building is going on lock down to save the residents from outsiders. Rome is torn between San Diego, a strapping building resident who is becoming a security guard and Detroit, a passionate black market delivery man who lives on the outside. As she makes her decision to leave the building, Orlando accuses her of being a terrorist and she is taken to the 85th floor, interrogated, and tortured. Her only potential allies are either San Diego or Detroit, both of whom are more conflicted and complicated than Rome initially thought. She meets the mayor, or actually mayors, and is forced to choose between a life in the building, or death.
  • America's Brightest Star
    Sherry, a middle-aged introverted librarian in South Farmingham, uploads a video of herself singing to the website of the hit reality TV show “America’s Brightest Star.” She becomes an overnight success with millions of views, and receives an invitation to appear and perform on the show. Awkwardly shy, she resists, but is prodded along by her impoverished townspeople, including her celebrity-craving assistant...
    Sherry, a middle-aged introverted librarian in South Farmingham, uploads a video of herself singing to the website of the hit reality TV show “America’s Brightest Star.” She becomes an overnight success with millions of views, and receives an invitation to appear and perform on the show. Awkwardly shy, she resists, but is prodded along by her impoverished townspeople, including her celebrity-craving assistant Amber, the ambitious mayor Dolores Danton, and Dale, an amateur beekeeper and frequent visitor at the library. When Cecil Ravinsdale, the cocksure British host and producer of America’s Brightest Star comes to town to interview Sherry on camera, Sherry struggles with her fear of success and the pressures put on her by her neighbors. Can the town cash in on Sherry’s success to revitalize itself? Will Amber use her proximity to Sherry as a launching pad towards her own career as a celebutante? And will Cecil Ravinsdale ever find a way to get out of town? All this is addressed in this dark comedy about fleeting fame, dying towns, and raw talent.
  • Guellen, Kansas
    High Schoolers Alice and Chase are a new couple with big problems: Alice is pregnant, and their options are limited. They must make a decision, and fast. Inspired by THE VISIT by Friedrich Durrenmatt.
  • Dinner Theater
    David and Eliza dine at their favorite high end restaurant to discuss the results of their "Sexual Rumspringa," a contract they both negotiated in order to take a break and see other people. David becomes irate when he discovers that Eliza has been sleeping with Nick, their waiter, and Eliza's attempts to keep control of the situation run amok when David pleads his case to the other diners (a.k.a. the audience).
  • Broad Daylight
    60-something loud mouth Beverly takes a long walk with her not-so-doting adult son Jeremy. Beverly casually reveals brutal truths about the family dynamic, and risks further isolation from her son who is left with a wrenching decision.

    * Translated into Mandarin for production in Taiwan.
    * Script was archived in the permanent holdings of the Eileen Heckart Drama for seniors archives,...
    60-something loud mouth Beverly takes a long walk with her not-so-doting adult son Jeremy. Beverly casually reveals brutal truths about the family dynamic, and risks further isolation from her son who is left with a wrenching decision.

    * Translated into Mandarin for production in Taiwan.
    * Script was archived in the permanent holdings of the Eileen Heckart Drama for seniors archives, Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University.
  • Breakdown in Babel
    Three hired guns (a Cuban, a French-Canadian, and an American) meet in a nondescript warehouse after the job goes wrong. Each quickly clash over culture, language, and professionalism. Who is to blame, and how will they clean it up? (Script is in English, French and Spanish).
  • Lying Naked
    Lilly and Carter finish having sex. She gets up to go to the bathroom and he covertly checks the text messages on her phone. He confronts her on a text she received while they were having sex, and she tells him about Josh, a man she met in a bookstore and an adventure they went on together. Lilly claims that even though she and Carter aren’t exclusively dating, her friendship with Josh is completely platonic....
    Lilly and Carter finish having sex. She gets up to go to the bathroom and he covertly checks the text messages on her phone. He confronts her on a text she received while they were having sex, and she tells him about Josh, a man she met in a bookstore and an adventure they went on together. Lilly claims that even though she and Carter aren’t exclusively dating, her friendship with Josh is completely platonic. Carter apologizes for overreacting, and Lilly apologizes, confessing that she did have sex with Josh. Carter is upset, but Lilly reminds him that their relationship is one of sex only, and they have set parameters which she did not breach. Lilly reminds Carter that he is married, and Carter says that he isn’t cheating on her with anyone new and believes Lilly is using this as an excuse to further the relationship, which he clearly does not want. Lilly confesses she can’t handle the lying, not just to herself but to her sister, who is Carter’s wife. They agree the relationship must stop, even though they clearly have chemistry. She hopes the clean break will enable her to start a healthy relationship with Josh. Lilly goes to the couch to sleep alone, with Carter alone in her bed for the rest of the night.
  • The Third Date
    * World Premiere, Pittsburgh New Works Festival 2008
    * New York Premiere, Sticks and Bones Productions 2008
    * Midwest Premiere, Raconteur Theatre Co., Columbus Ohio 2011

    Bradley is about to host Angela in his apartment for their third date. Right before she arrives, Bradley receives an unexpected visit from his father. They haven’t seen each other in years, since Bradley’s father’s...
    * World Premiere, Pittsburgh New Works Festival 2008
    * New York Premiere, Sticks and Bones Productions 2008
    * Midwest Premiere, Raconteur Theatre Co., Columbus Ohio 2011

    Bradley is about to host Angela in his apartment for their third date. Right before she arrives, Bradley receives an unexpected visit from his father. They haven’t seen each other in years, since Bradley’s father’s funeral. Will Bradley be able to keep his composure while juggling the new woman in his life and his deceased father? And why did his father come back tonight, of all nights?
  • Stock Home
    STOCK HOME is a brutal, chilling three-person drama about love, lust and captivity. Tammy and Conrad appear to be a normal family, but they are hiding a shocking and disturbing secret about their 14-year-old “daughter.” If these were your neighbors, I’d move. Inspired by real events.

    “A provocative and multifaceted piece of work that doesn’t shy away from gallows humor or troublesome conclusions...
    STOCK HOME is a brutal, chilling three-person drama about love, lust and captivity. Tammy and Conrad appear to be a normal family, but they are hiding a shocking and disturbing secret about their 14-year-old “daughter.” If these were your neighbors, I’d move. Inspired by real events.

    “A provocative and multifaceted piece of work that doesn’t shy away from gallows humor or troublesome conclusions.  STOCK HOME is a wonderful piece of art, and should be seen.” Duncan Pflaster, Broadway World.com

    “Alex Goldberg’s STOCK HOME reminded me of a damn good Lifetime movie, the kind that titillates, makes you lean in a little closer, and ultimately question the prurient elements of desire.”  Sarah Fones, Curtain Rising Magazine

    “Goldberg is certainly a witty writer, and his wit is especially notable in the hands of these three more-than-capable actors.  STOCK HOME (is) a worthy evening of theatre.”  Amy Lerner, NY Theatre.com
  • I'm in Love with Your Wife
    * Winner, Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script (Midtown International Theatre Festival)
    * Finalist, Rover Dramaworks
    * Semifinalist, Trustus Playwrights Festival

    I’m in Love with your wife is a classic farce in structure, but also a dark and modern comedy.

    Gary, early 30s, is a corporate middleman who just tries to make it through the day without rocking the boat...
    * Winner, Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script (Midtown International Theatre Festival)
    * Finalist, Rover Dramaworks
    * Semifinalist, Trustus Playwrights Festival

    I’m in Love with your wife is a classic farce in structure, but also a dark and modern comedy.

    Gary, early 30s, is a corporate middleman who just tries to make it through the day without rocking the boat. He mostly keeps to himself, interacting only with his sex-crazed and hard partying assistant Bethany who regales Gary, against his will, of tales of her evenings on the club scene.

    Paul, Gary’s snarky best friend since childhood, arrives at his office unannounced. Paul drops a bombshell: he is in love with Gary’s wife. A consummate womanizer, Paul shares his story of (unfortunately) requited love, all the while flirting with Bethany. Paul keeps his cool, but demands of all things that Paul apologize for plagiarizing a dirty limerick written in elementary school.

    The next day, as Gary is still digesting his friend’s news, Paul’s wife Gail visits Gary and drops a bombshell of her own: she is also in love with Gary’s wife, and has had numerous trysts with her. However, Gail emphatically denies she is a lesbian. To prove she isn’t a lesbian, she invites Bethany into Gary’s office for a lesson in temptation.

    Gary discusses the chain of events with his therapist, Dr. Feldberg. The good doctor is a capable professional, although he himself is obsessed with celebrity culture; specifically, all things pertaining to Jon Voight. Not entirely convince Gary is telling the truth, the good doctor comes up with a plan to go incognito to a dinner party thrown by Gary and his wife and witness firsthand the alleged atrocities of his close friends. To aid in his disguise, the therapist brings along a ringer: another of his patients Ruth happens to be a struggling actress, and she attends the party as an impoverished Russian immigrant named Mascha.

    At the party, tensions are high between the guests. Gary is angry with Paul, who obliviously flirts with Mascha while Gail stays in the kitchen with the wife, presumably cooking. Feldberg, struggling with maintaining his false identity, attempts to learn why all of Gary’s close friends are infatuated with the wife.

    “I’M IN LOVE WITH YOUR WIFE,” Alex Goldberg’s new screwball comedy about marital infidelity, is very very funny.  Add to that script a talented cast and great director, and you have a hit on your hands.” - Duncan Pflaster, Broadway World.com

    “Thanks to tight staging, a confident and generous cast, and a democratic script full of dizzy twists, this quick-witted piece revels in its shallowness, and a good time is had by all (except Gary).” Jon Sobel, blogcritics.org

    “Delicious humor, sophisticated wit, and oh so many quotes to relate to, that is, for those of us who have experienced relationship dilemmas.  The urban “condition” floats freely evoking unbridled laughter and real audience engagement.”  Roberta on the Arts
  • The Final Jew
    * Semifinalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2009

    The Final Jew begins in the year 2032 as Marvin Black witnesses his own funeral. Marvin was 96 at the time of his death but appears to the audience at his “rejuvenated age” of 35. He is quickly spirited away to the customs office of the afterlife. As he is processed it is revealed that not only was Marvin the last survivor of the...
    * Semifinalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2009

    The Final Jew begins in the year 2032 as Marvin Black witnesses his own funeral. Marvin was 96 at the time of his death but appears to the audience at his “rejuvenated age” of 35. He is quickly spirited away to the customs office of the afterlife. As he is processed it is revealed that not only was Marvin the last survivor of the Holocaust to die, but in a strange cosmic twist the customs official processing his entry into the afterlife is Adolf Hitler. Throughout the interview and interrogation Marvin is told that his only way to proceed is to either forgive Hitler for his crimes against humanity or to execute him on the spot, risking that his legacy will fade as time progresses. Marvin does not want the memory of the Holocaust to fade, and he discovers that as long as Hitler remains alive in purgatory, the memory of his deeds will remain alive on Earth. Marvin refuses either option and as punishment is forced to relive his life again, although this time Hitler will drop in on occasion to check up on Marvin and offer him the same out at any time.

    The second act of the play consists of scenes from Marvin’s life beginning in a Polish displaced persons camp in 1946 and leading to his wife’s deathbed in 2014. Throughout the various jumps through time the same actor will play Marvin. Periodically Hitler appears, possessing another character, noticeable only to Marvin. As he relives his life does Marvin make the right choice or is there a third unspoken option? Along the way we see Marvin struggle with morality, fidelity, interracial conflict, and his religious faith, most of it in a surprisingly humorous tone.