Bottle Fly Jacqueline Goldfinger, Nicholas Wright

Yale Drama Series
Publication date:
13 Nov 2018
Yale University Press
88 pages: 229 x 140 x 7mm
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An earthy, cruel, and hilarious family drama of profound and reckless love

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. The eleventh winner of the Yale Drama Series playwriting competition, 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. A rich and colorful mélange of American classes and cultures, Bottle Fly recounts a profoundly human struggle to reconcile the masks worn at home with the ones donned to go out into the world.

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Her previously produced plays include Babel (winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater), The Arsonists,Click (nominated for the Weissberger Award), and Skin & Bone. Her work has been supported by The Audrey Residency at New Georges, Yaddo Residency, National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Program, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, The Mitten Lab, The Producer’s Fund, Passage Theatre PlayLab, National New Play Network, Azuka Theatre Playwright-in-Residence Program, among others.

"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, from the Foreword

“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, author of The Body of an American