Daughters of the Sexual Revolution

by Dana Leslie Goldstein

It’s 1976.  The Bicentennial.  Consciousness Raising.  The Bionic Man.  In a suburb of New York City, three women are waging their own personal revolutions.

Joyce is just turning forty, and she doesn’t seem unhappy about it.  She’s got a big house, an understanding, older husband, a couple of college-age kids.  She’s charismatic, confident, a perfect hostess, and completely unfulfilled.  Nina, a decade younger than Joyce, with a small child, is new in town.  She’s overeducated and overanxious, but the valium her psychiatrist husband is prescribing for her should help with all that.  When Joyce’s welcome wagon arrives at Nina’s door, the women hit it off.  They embark on an increasingly intimate relationship.  This is nothing new for Joyce, but for Nina, it changes everything. 

Meanwhile, Joyce’s 18-year-old daughter – Stacia – is just starting college.  But she already knows everything, including what’s best for herself and everyone else.  Away from home for the first time, Stacia is experimenting with the power of her own sexuality, and she has nothing like the constraints her mother had at that age.  

Both very funny and very serious, DAUGHTERS of the SEXUAL REVOLUTION explores the kind of courage it takes to be faithful – not just to your partner but to yourself – especially when you’ve never had a role model for that kind of thing.  

Cast Size: 3W 3M

Running time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

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.  Her work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, Cherry Lane, Culture Project, 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, The Workshop Theater, Torn Page, Nuyorican Poets Café, Estrogenius Festival, Brave New World Rep, Players Club of Swarthmore (PA), Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (TN), Clamour Theatre (FL), American Stage Company (FL), Left Edge Theatre (CA), Spooky Action Theatre (DC), Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, Canada), TischAsia (Singapore), Baggage Productions (Melbourne, Australia), NYMF, on Ellis and Liberty Islands, at the U.N. and on Equity TYA tours.  

“Birth, Death & Bourbon: 3 Short Plays by Dana Leslie Goldstein” was published by Next Stage Press in 2021.  Dana’s play “The God Part” is published in “Best Short Plays of 2021” (Smith & Kraus).  Monologues from several of Dana’s plays appear in the 2022 editions of “Best Men’s Stage Monologues” and “Best Women’s Stage Monologues” (Smith & Kraus), as well as in previous years’ editions.  Dana’s monologues also appear in the anthology “She Persisted”, published by Applause Books in 2021.

Dana is a librettist in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, a playwright member of PlayGround-NY, Brave New World Rep and The Workshop Theater, as well as an alum of the Playwrights Lab at Women’s Project, NewShoe and DVRF.  Dana holds MFA degrees in Playwriting and Poetry, both funded by full writing fellowships.  Dana is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.  For more information, visit www.danalesliegoldstein.com.  Agent: Michael Moore, [email protected]  


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