2017: Jacqueline Goldfinger
NICHOLAS WRIGHT SELECTS JACQUELINE GOLDFINGER'S BOTTLE FLY WINNER OF THE 11TH
YALE DRAMA SERIES
"Set in a bar in the Everglades, Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Bottle Fly brings together a rich variety of American classes, cultures, heritages and desires,” said judge Nicholas Wright, who chose Bottle Fly from over 1,000 submissions from 45 countries. “Its voice is passionate and straight-from-the-heart; the world it shows us is earthy, cruel and hilarious; the story at its core is one of profound and reckless love."
"Bottle Fly was the first full play that I wrote after having children. It is a multi-generational family drama about the masks we wear at home with our family, those we wear out in the world, and the struggle between them. It’s a dinged up, stripped down homage to Mr. Wittgenstein and his poor fly. It was only possible to write because Yaddo and the Sustainable Arts Foundation blessed me with (baby free) time to spin a story from family lore. I found myself reflecting on the stories that I’d been told growing up, and those I would choose to tell my children. I was also inspired by Octavio Solis’ family drama, Lydia as well as by the disappearing Everglades culture which is being overrun by asphalt highways, spendthrift retirees, and other forms of ‘progress.’"
Jacqueline is a playwright, dramaturg and teaching artist. Her other plays include Babel, The Arsonists, Click, Skin & Bone, Slip/Shot, The Oath and The Terrible Girls. A native of the Everglades, Jacqueline currently lives in Philadelphia.
For more about Jacqueline, visit: jacqueline-goldfinger.squarespace.com