By Jacqueline Goldfinger
“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, poet and librettist
Bottle Fly by Jacqueline Goldfinger is the eleventh winner of the Yale Drama Series playwriting competition. It is set in a bar in the Everglades. This biting, brutally funny multigenerational family drama is 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 and 2017 YDS judge, from his forward to Bottle Fly
Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright and dramaturg. She co-founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn and curates Page By Page. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at The Barrow Group and Azuka Theatre. Her plays include Babel (winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater), The Arsonists, Click, and Skin & Bone.
Published by Yale University Press 2018