Playwright and Lyricist Dana Leslie Goldstein has won the New England New Play Competition, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Prize, Different Voices New Play Award, ACTF New Play Award, Henry Hoyns Poetry Fellowship, AWP Intro Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize and numerous development grants. Readings and presentations of her work have been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, Cherry Lane, Culture Project, Julia Miles Theater (Women’s Project), The York, Theatre80, Theater for the New City, New Dramatists, Center Stage, BMI, Vineyard Playhouse, Pulse, Theater Row Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, The Barrow Group, Acorn Theatre, The Lark, Beckett Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Workshop Theater, Torn Page, Brave New World Rep, 4208 Group (Washington, DC), Players Club (PA), Clamour Theatre (FL), Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), TischAsia (Singapore), at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, on Ellis and Liberty Islands, at the U.N. and on Equity TYA tours. Dana is a librettist in the BMI/Lehmann Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and a playwright member of The Workshop Theater. She has been a member of the Playwrights Lab at Women’s Project, NewShoe & the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Emerging Playwrights Lab. Dana holds MFA degrees in both Playwriting and Poetry, each of which were funded by full writing fellowships.
Dana is the playwright and lyricist of the following selected works:
DAUGHTERS of the SEXUAL REVOLUTION. DAUGHTERS has had readings or workshops at The Workshop Theater (NYC), the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, the Players Club Theater of Swarthmore (PA) and Clamour Theatre (FL), via zoom. DAUGHTERS was selected by the Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation/OHenry Productions for further development. Several monologues from the play will appear in “SHE PERSISTED”, to be published by Applause Books in 2021. Dana is currently working on adapting DAUGHTERS for the screen.
LIBERTY, a monumental musical (book & lyrics). LIBERTY enjoyed two limited run, off-Broadway productions at Theatre 80 and 42West. The original off-Broadway cast recording was produced by Broadway Records and is available on iTunes, Amazon and broadwayrecords.com. LIBERTY will return to the New York stage as soon as theaters reopen. LIBERTY is commercially optioned and available for national and international licensing through Miracle or 2 Productions.
CYCLONE and the Pig-Faced Lady (book & lyrics). CYCLONE was Winner of The Women’s Project Collaboration Initiative Grant and selected for a Next Link Project funding award through the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it was presented. A monologue from CYCLONE will appear in “SHE PERSISTED”, to be published by Applause Books in 2021.
GO DOWN, MOSES. This is Dana’s newest full-length play, a companion piece to DAUGHTERS of the SEXUAL REVOLUTION. It was selected for The Workshop Theater’s first-ever developmental intensive and has received public readings there in 2018 and 2019. GO DOWN, MOSES was presented in January, 2020 at Clamour Theater’s 2nd Annual Playwrights Retreat in Green Cove Springs, FL. Several monologues from GO DOWN, MOSES will appear in “SHE PERSISTED”, to be published by Applause Books in 2021. GO DOWN, MOSES will be presented next as a zoom reading in late January, 2021, after which it will have live presentations as part of the PCS Theater’s New Play Festival in the summer of 2021. It will also be part of Brave New World Rep’s Brave New Works Festival in March, 2021. In addition, GO DOWN, MOSES is now a Finalist for the Jewish Plays Project’s 10th Annual National Jewish Playwriting Contest.
ONE-ACT PLAYS. Dana’s short play UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY will be produced in the Estrogenius Festival in 2021, in NYC. Her short play NATURAL will be produced by Pend Oreille Players in their New Play Festival in 2021, in Washington State. NATURAL was presented as a radio play in September, 2020, by Washington, DC’s The 4208 Group, after which it will be produced live as part of their 10-minute Taste Festival in 2021. NATURAL is also in development as a short film, by Beaux Dawg Productions, in 2021. These short plays, along with RED IN THE MORNING, will be published together as the collection “BIRTH, DEATH & BOURBON: 3 Short Plays by Dana Leslie Goldstein” by Next Stage Press in 2021.
In addition to the publications mentioned above, a monologue from Dana’s play CHICKEN & THE EGG will appear in “SHE PERSISTED”, to be published by Applause Books in 2021. A monologue from Dana’s play SUBURBAN NIGHTMARES is published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2018 (Smith & Kraus). A monologue from DAUGHTERS of the SEXUAL REVOLUTION was previously included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2017 (Smith & Kraus).
Dana is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. For more information, please visit www.danalesliegoldstein.com.
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