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 whether or not to open the “PRE” certification test results, and what to do once they know the 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, Florida Studio Theatre, the Smith Prize, and the National New Play Network
(Pictured: Workshopping "Babel" at Florida Studio Theatre)
4 F, 1 M
Winner of the 2017 Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, Bottle Fly is an earthy, cruel and hilarious multi-generational family saga of profound and reckless love with a Southern Gothic twist inspired by Octavio Solis' Lydia and Colleen McCullough's The Thorn Birds. It is the tale of a Florida Gulf Coast couple, their disabled young ward, two lesbian tenants, and the bonds between them that stick like honey.
(Pictured: Reading at PlayPenn Conference, Philadelphia & initial raw image by Chloe Aftel for "Bottle Fly" book cover)
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 the shifting moral boundaries between the two.
The Playwright would like to offer special thanks to:
JT Rogers, Marissa Wolf, Katherine M. Carter, Melisa Bensussen, Carrie Chapter, Emerson Stage Residency, Cristina Alicea, Drama League Residency, 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), and Rebecca Wright.
(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.
This play sprang from my experience with an aging father, and a health scare he had about two years ago. It got me thinking about what's going to happen when he's no longer with us. What about his life will we celebrate? What will we forget, or choose not to remember? I decide to write a love letter, from a daughter to a father, filled with the laughter, fear, joy, hope and eternal love we have for our parents, both in this life and in whatever comes next. That love letter became a play, and that play is "The Arsonists."
The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic tale inspired by Electra in which a father and daughter – singers, storytellers and arsonists - on the run from the law must say goodbye as they set their final fire.. It's a provocative journey from grief to redemption that delves into the primal bond between parent and child, and explores if that bond can ever truly be broken.
"Jacqueline Goldfinger’s spellbinding new play...The Arsonists, put me in mind of a kind of gender-reversed Sam Shepard—especially Shepard’s early collaborative work with Patti Smith...As in Shepard, there is a sense that love, loss, and betrayal are inseparable...What makes The Arsonists so extraordinary is in part its contradictory oddness. It’s realistic and gritty, but also beautifully poetic; epic in scale, but it runs only 70 minutes...There is a sense here that the playwright honors a history of theater (the Greeks, Shepard, also Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra), but it’s also contemporary. Best of all, Goldfinger’s voice is distinctly, wonderfully her own." -Philadelphia Magazine
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): The Arsonists
(Pictures of Know Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Capital Stage, and Perseverance Theatre Productions)
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.
“A remarkable new play…go to Slip/Shot and be dazzled by Goldfinger’s perceptive dialogue, by characters who are intelligently and distinctly drawn, and by finely detailed observations that make the sparsely lit and designed play seem uncommonly vivid.” -Talkin’ Broadway
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): Slip/Shot
(Pictures from Flashpoint Theater Company and Seattle Public Theater productions)
Skin & Bone
3 F, 1 M
Skin & Bone is a comedy about elderly twin sisters, Midge and Madge, who hide a bizarre family secret from the world. Skin & Bone explores the absurd adherence to the time honored traditions that destroy you.
“How much one considers Jacqueline Goldfinger’s provocative new playSkin & Bone a comedy depends on where each person draws the line between funny and sick. It’s a balancing act that countless horror movies can’t achieve, but one that the Florida native, as Azuka Theatre’s skillfully produced premiere shows, handles with skill and verve. I found the play humorous, but with a darker vibe that is deliciously complex and eerie; it’s the kind of comedy that elicits uncomfortable titters and gasps.” -Philadelphia CityPaper
Short excerpt of Archival Recording (NOT for sale or general use): Skin & Bone
(Pictures from productions at Azuka Theater and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble)
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.
“Suspenseful and provocative…a refreshing new story admirably written…What makes this play different than a mundane portrait of the modern South is its mythic quality. the terrible girls forces us to reflect on the duality of human nature and witness how deceit, desire, and obsession can lead to transgression.” -NYTheatre.com
(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.
“Outstanding drama…Wonderful, thought-provoking…Goldfinger marvelously unfolds the story with great dialogue and sympathetic characters.” -Theater Talk (NYC)