The Arsonists

by  Jacqueline Goldfinger

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

“This is not a ‘wordy’ play, but each bit of dialogue is pure gold.” - Davis Enterprise

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • 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 Arsonists […] is not your usual family piece […] nor is it anything like a conventional ghost story." - The Philadelphia Inquirer, Read More 

"Jacqueline Goldfinger’s spellbinding new play […] The Arsonists, put me in mind of a kind of gender-reversed Sam Shepard […] There is a sense here that the playwright honors a history of theater (the Greeks, Shepard, also Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra), but it’s also contemporary. Best of all, Goldfinger’s voice is distinctly, wonderfully her own.” - Philadelphia Magazine, Read More 

“Haunting and primal […] The Arsonists is an impactful, spine-chilling meditation on the age-old themes of life and death, the power that nature holds over humanity, and the ties that bind father to daughter.” - DC Metro Arts

The Arsonists packs a strong punch […] the play is edgy and thought-provoking […] This is not a play for the faint of heart.” - Broadway World

“This is not a ‘wordy’ play, but each bit of dialogue is pure gold.” - Davis Enterprise


Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 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 (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She co-founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn and curates Page By Page. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at The Barrow Group and Azuka Theatre. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Pri ...

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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. The show eventually moved on to the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Perseverance Theatre, and Capital Stage.

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