The Arsonists

by  Jacqueline Goldfinger

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

"Jacqueline Goldfinger’s spellbinding new play honors centuries of theater in a voice that is distinctly her own." - Philadelphia Magazine

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic tale inspired by Electra about a father-daughter arson team who escapes to the Florida Everglades. It's a provocative journey from grief to redemption that delves into the primal bond between parent and child, and explores if that bond can ever truly be broken. 
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"Haunting, and atmospheric, Jacqueline Goldfinger’s compelling new play,The not your usual family piece...nor is it anything like a conventional ghost story." - Philadelphia Inquirer, Read More 

"Jacqueline Goldfinger’s spellbinding new play honors centuries of theater in a voice that is distinctly her own." - Philadelphia Magazine, Read More 


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: 1990s, Florida swamp
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


1m, 1f
M - 20s, female, any race, plays guitar, sings a little 
H - 50s, male,any race, plays guitar, sings a little
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting



Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright, storyteller and poet. She teaches playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania. She won the Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, Smith Prize for Political Theater, Virginia Brown Martin Award for Social Justice, Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play ...

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The Arsonists received an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that began at the Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia, PA in September 2017 under the direction of Allison Heishman.

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