by Jacqueline Goldfinger

New England Premiere

You got a tiger by the tail, Doodlebug.
You think you own it now, but that’s a trick.
It already owns you.

Set deep in a Florida swamp, The Arsonists is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening.

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Limited Run:

July 13-29, 2018

Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
440 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

“What makes The Arsonists so extraordinary is in part its contradictory oddness. It’s realistic and gritty, but also beautifully poetic; epic in scale…”

Philadelphia Magazine »

“Packs a strong punch…the play is edgy and thought-provoking…This is not a play for the faint of heart.”

Broadway World »

“Haunting, and atmospheric…The play exists on two planes, the real and the psychological, and Goldfinger leaves it to us to figure out whether we’re watching some fascinating aftermath of a crime or the torment in a woman’s mind. But that’s the dramatic pleasure of subtext: You get both.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer »

“Haunting and primal…earthy and otherworldly, acutely poignant, at times comic and often hair-raising…The Arsonists is a 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 »

“A Love Poem…A Must See…It captures the largeness of life, of feeling, and how even after death you continue to sing the story of your ancestors, sometimes turning the daily pains into joy.”

League of Cincinatti Theatres »


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Music From The Arsonists

A compilation of music from and inspired by the world premiere of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger at the Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia. It contains new folk and re-imagined Americana songs both from, and inspired by, the show. Featured nationally on NPR.

“Arsonists, The (Goldfinger)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.