Girl on fire

Rep Radio podcast with playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger

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Goldfinger is not afraid of the dark. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Goldfinger)
Goldfinger is not afraid of the dark. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Goldfinger)

On this podcast, award-winning Philadelphia-based playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger talks about her newest production, The Arsonists. This "play with music" marks the third and final installment of her Southern Gothic trilogy, after The Terrible Girls and Skin and Bone. A National New Play Network (NNPN) rolling world premiere, it will open first under the aegis of Azuka Theatre Company and then head to theaters around the country.

Swamp things

Goldfinger grew up in rural Florida and, captivated by the region's literature and music, decided the Southern Gothic form was worefully underutilized onstage. The Arsonists, inspired by Sophocles's tragedy Elektra, follows a father-daughter arson team who reside deep in Florida's swamplands. A live band will play during the show and, on certain nights, give concerts afterward. Here, Goldfinger discusses how the play and its predecessors came to be, NNPN's rolling premiere process, and much more.

What, When, Where

The Arsonists. By Jacqueline Goldfinger. Allison Heishman directed. Azuka Theatre Company. Through May 21, 2017, at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia. (215) 563-1100 or

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