Episode 8

Your Shameful Family with Jacqueline Goldfinger


January 20th, 2019

46 mins 36 secs

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About this Episode

Welcome to perhaps my fanciest playwright friend, Yale Drama Prize-winning Jacqueline Goldfinger. "Yale Drama Prize-winning" is such a classy sounding phrase, she could become a crawfish deveiner tomorrow and still be in the running for the title of "Fanciest."

She talks with me about how she developed her newly commercially published play, Bottle Fly, and how developing a play for a commercial script (or even an acting edition) varies from developing a play for performance. We talk about the traditional new play development process, including its strengths and limitations for interdisciplinary and installation-based work.

And we talk a lot about our kids -- or the concept of them -- and how the field is harmed when it creates barriers to full participation in family and civic life for artists, and the resources a person needs to be a working parent in the theatre industry. When Jacqueline was pregnant with her twins, she was advised to keep her pregnancy a secret for as long as possible -- and it sounds like, professionally, it was pretty practical advice. We talk about the assumptions about the limitations of parent-artists, and Jacqueline mentions organizations like Parent Artist Advocacy League and the Sustainable Arts Foundation that are working to make engagement in the artistic world realistic for people with families.

We also spend a lot of time talking about the professional and personal usefulness of happy hours, and a little time talking about why we're so mad at capitalism.

Be sure to check out her newest project, Page By Page, an online newsletter and community for playwrights.

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