A new comedy & winner of the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theater
A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby... In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they 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, both early in their pregnancies, 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?
Special Thanks to Catherine Randazzo, Gayle Smith, Florida Studio Theatre, the Smith Prize, the Independence Foundation, and the National New Play Network
(Images of the reading at the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts Celebration)
4 F, 1 M
Recommended, 2018 The Mix List, Steppenwolf Theatre
Recommended, 2018 Intersectional New Plays List, New Play Exchange
Reading, 2017 The National Theatre (London)
Reading, 2017 PlayPenn New Play Conference (Philadelphia)
“Jacqueline Goldfinger is that rarity in American theatre--a poet-playwright. Bottle Fly is a gorgeous play, roaring with the sacred and the profane and--for all its passion--delicately conveyed.”—Dan O’Brien, playwright, The Body of an American and The House in Scarsdale, Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art (USA)
Winner of the 2017 Yale Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright 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.
"Bottle Fly is an ambitious work….[It] illuminates love in many guises: love for those who have mattered to one in the past, love that was born as pity, love tinged with guilt, love for those who need your protection and love for someone who, without even knowing that she was doing it, holds out the promise of a more beautiful life."—Nicholas Wright, playwright, Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter (UK)
(Pictured: Reading at PlayPenn New Play Conference featuring Catherine Slusar and Akeem Davis & Book Cover from Yale Press)
3 F, 2 M
One click can change your life.
This fast, bright, darkly humorous play 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.
The Playwright would like to offer special thanks to:
JT Rogers, Marissa Wolf, Lisa Dillman, Rudy Ramirez, Katherine M. Carter, Melisa Bensussen, Carrie Chapter, Emerson Stage Residency, Cristina Alicea, Drama League Residency, Westport Playhouse, Chris Ghaffari, Christina Pumariega, Barron Bass, Kita Updike, Kim Taff, Sara Marnich, Viv Chace, Nell Bang-Jensen, Jeremy Gable, MJ Kaufman, Maybe Burke, Finn Lefevre, Ashley Rogers, Jessica Bashline, David LaMacchia, The Producer’s Fund, Allison Heishman, WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape), Rebecca Wright, and the University of the Arts Faculty Development Fund.
(Pictured here: Staged Reading of "Click" by director Katherine M. Carter at Westport Playhouse; Front page picture: Thanks to Elba Fernandez on Flickr Creative Commons)
1 F, 1 M
When starting over means setting fire to what you know and love.
A lyrical, powerhouse drama about a father-daughter arson team.
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): The Arsonists
(Pictures of Azuka Theatre and Perseverance Theatre Productions)
Skin & Bone
3 F, 1 M
In Skin & Bone, Goldfinger returns to her roots as a Southern Gothic storyteller to spin a darkly comic tale about a set of twin cannibal grannies, Midge and Madge, and the (deceased) love of their life.
"Skin & Bone" explores the absurd adherence to the time honored traditions that destroy you.
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): Skin & Bone
(Pictures from productions at Azuka Theater and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble)
3 F, 4 M
When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, the smallest actions can have paralyzing consequences; Slip/Shot is a heartbreaking drama about fear, unconscious bias, and our need to move forward.
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): Slip/Shot
(Pictures from Flashpoint Theater Company and Seattle Public Theater productions)
The Terrible Girls
3 F, 1 M
Where did Mr. Witherose go? How do you properly dispose of a skull in the pantry? And who wants to go to the Happiest Place on Earth anyways? The Terrible Girls is a Southern Gothic horror-comedy that explores the duality of human nature and the murky line between friendship and obsession.
(Pictures from The Azuka Theatre and New York International Fringe Festival Productions)
5 F, 1 M
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 during the Great Depression. The Oath is a darkly comic look at balancing ambition and ideals in a time of crisis.