Emily Goodson

Emily Goodson

Emily Goodson is a playwright working in the Midwest. She has written multiple musicals, including Lights on the Radio Tower (composer Kevin James Thornton), and Calling All Kates (composer Jeremy Schonfeld). As a recipient of the 2019 Lincoln City Fellowship through the Speranza Foundation, Emily developed the book and concept for Sticks & Stones: A New Musical Featuring the Work of Neko Case. It was...
Emily Goodson is a playwright working in the Midwest. She has written multiple musicals, including Lights on the Radio Tower (composer Kevin James Thornton), and Calling All Kates (composer Jeremy Schonfeld). As a recipient of the 2019 Lincoln City Fellowship through the Speranza Foundation, Emily developed the book and concept for Sticks & Stones: A New Musical Featuring the Work of Neko Case. It was workshopped through the Indiana University Summer Theatre program in July 2019 directed by and developed under Kate Galvin. She is currently developing a piece called Kuliling (composer Ed Gatchalian) to open in the Philippines. Her latest play Besties was a 2020 semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference.

Emily continues to work full-time in administrative accounting in Indiana where she is raising two young children. Her work with Great Minds writing balanced literacy texts is featured in the Geodes curriculum at various schools across the country.

To date, Emily is proud to have received hundreds of rejections from some of the most prestigious companies across the United States.

Plays

  • Besties!
    Best friends Kathleen and Josie have every little detail planned. From the wine to the charcuterie to the conversation; everything has to be perfect for Tamantha’s Baby Shower! Too bad Tamantha won’t be there to enjoy it. Kathleen and Josie desperately want to meet AshLeigh, and the only way to get her to come over is to trick her. So what if they’ve been doing a little light Facebook stalking? I mean, AshLeigh...
    Best friends Kathleen and Josie have every little detail planned. From the wine to the charcuterie to the conversation; everything has to be perfect for Tamantha’s Baby Shower! Too bad Tamantha won’t be there to enjoy it. Kathleen and Josie desperately want to meet AshLeigh, and the only way to get her to come over is to trick her. So what if they’ve been doing a little light Facebook stalking? I mean, AshLeigh should be flattered they’re even interested in her, right? Besides, it’s not like they’re criminals. But when AshLeigh gets uncomfortable and tries to leave with her gross new boyfriend, their carefully laid plans fall apart, and the women are forced to improvise.

    Besties! is a fast-paced play that explores the complexities of class, gender, and entitlement among the millennial generation whose perspective of the world is increasingly warped by the burgeoning role of social media. It examines the parasitic relationship between privilege and trauma through the lens of a toxic friendship. Besties! is ultimately a story about monsters; who they are, what they look like, and how they are made.