Sidney Goldfarb

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing (poetry, plays, screenplays)
  • Modern and contemporary literature


  • B.A., Harvard University, 1965



  • The Rushes of Tulsa and Other Plays. Station Hill Press, 2009
  • Curve in the Road. Halty-Ferguson, 1980 (poems)
  • Messages. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1971 (poems)
  • Speech, for Instance. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1969 (poems)

Productions of Plays

  • The Rushes of Tulsa. Staged reading directed by Sidney Goldfarb. Dixon Place at Cherry Lane Theater, 2004
  • Bad Women. Directed by Tina Shepherd, Women’s Interart Center, New York, 2000
  • The Rushes of Tulsa (part one). Directed by Roger Babb, Dance Theater Workshop and Dixon Place, 1999 (Showcase Productions)
  • Music Rescue Service, a musical. Directed by Roger Babb, Theater for the New City, New York, 1991
  • The Orange Grove, directed by Roger Babb, Performing Space 122, New York, 1988; and Downtown/Uptown Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, 1990
  • The Transposed Heads, a musical. Directed by Julie Taymor, music by Eliot Goldenthal, American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia and The Mitzi Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, 1988
  • Big Mouth. Directed by Tina Shepherd, La Mama, New York, 1985
  • The Transposed Heads, adapted from the novel by Thomas Mann. Directed by Julie Taymor, Ark Theater, New York, 1984
  • Pedro Paramo, adapted from the novel by Juan Rulfo. Directed by Paul Zimet, The Theater for the New City, New York, 1979. Revised version, directed by Michael Griggs, Back Door Theater, Portland, Oregon, 1999
  • Hot Lunch Apostles. Directed by Paul Zimet, La Mama, New York, 1983.
  • Pedro Paramo and HotLunch Apostles (new versions), in repertory, directed by Paul Zimet, La Mama, 1984
  • Tristan: A Retelling. Directed by Paul Zimet, La Mama, New York and The Roundhouse, London, 1983
  • Huerfano, based on oral histories gathered in Huerfano County, CO. Directed by Elaine Baker in 20 Colorado communities, 1980


  • The Flying Dutchman, story by Julie Taymor. 20th Century Fox, 2003
  • With Julie Taymor, The Transposed Heads. Optioned by Ms. Taymor, represented by ICM, 1997
  • With Julie Taymor, Juan Darien, from the story by Quiroga and the play by Julie Taymor. Commissioned by American Playhouse, 1993

Selected Honors & Awards

  • New York State Council on the Arts Commissioning Grant, 1999
  • New York State Council on the Arts Grant for workshop performance, 1998
  • New York State Council on the Arts Grants in Playwriting, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990
  • Faculty Fellowships, CU Boulder, 1986-87, 1994-95
  • Goethe Foundation Grant for The Transposed Heads, 1984
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Poetry, 1970
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1968

Current Projects

  • Collected Plays in progress for Station Hill Press
  • Welfare for the Dead (play)
  • Final Hour (play)
  • The Oracle of Delphi Colorado (play)
  • Bad Women, revised version (play)
  • The Transposed Heads, revised musical version (screenplay)
  • Hot House (play)