Sydney, December 2018: Origin Theatrical is thrilled to announce representation of the works by playwright, John Misto.
John Misto is a multiple award-winning Australian playwright and scriptwriter. He specialises in writing strong stage roles, both in dramas and comedies, for older actresses.
Misto's most recent play, Lip Service, a comedy about 90 year-old Helena Rubinstein, had a sell-out season at Park Theatre in London (under the title of Madame Rubinstein) and has enjoyed successful seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. The play has also been performed in Prague and Lithuania. It is scheduled for a national tour of Israel in 2019.
Misto's other plays include The Shoe-Horn Sonata, a powerful two-hander for actresses in their 60s. It is one of Australia's most frequently staged plays. The Shoe-Horn Sonata had a tremendous audience impact when it was first performed at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre. For the first time in its history, the Ensemble had to distribute small packs of tissues for audience members.
The Shoe-Horn Sonata has been studied in schools in New South Wales for twenty-years; it has been reprinted 19 times and has sold sixty thousand copies. It won the New South Wales Premier's Literacy Award for Best Play and the Australia Remembers National Playwriting Competition. The Shoe-Horn Sonata has also been performed in London, Prague and Finland.
John Misto has also written Dark Voyager, a Hollywood Babylon-style comedy about a turbulent dinner party thrown by gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper for the ageing Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. Dark Voyager had a very successful season at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre.
Misto's other play, Harp on the Willow, also had a hugely successful sell-out season at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre. Harp tells the true story of Irish folk singer, Mary O'Hara, and the twelve years she spent as a nun in an enclosed convent, following the death of her husband. Harp's mixture of drama, comedy and songs proved a massive hit with audiences.
Harp on the Willow won the Rodney Seaborn Award for Best Play.
John Misto is also the co-writer of Peace Train -- the Cat Stevens Story which has enjoyed several successful national tours of Australia.
John Misto is an established scriptwriter and his telemovies and scripts have won many awards including the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, three Australian Film Institute Awards, three Australian Writers' Guild Awards and a Gold Plaque at the Chicago Television Awards.
John Misto has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of New South Wales.
"Older actresses are always bewailing the act that there are no strong roles for women over fifty. They'll change their minds once they read my plays.
I have written four plays specifically for older actresses between 50 - 80 years of age. All four plays have been performed professionally, two have been published and they have all been successful at the box-office." - John Misto
JOHN MISTO PLAYS:
The Shoe-Horn Sonata
Harp on the Willow
The complete script of DUSTY - THE ORIGINAL POP DIVA is now available to read for free until August 31.
DUSTY tells the story of Mary O'Brien who the world knew as Dusty Springfield. In the 1960s Dusty Springfield takes the entertainment world by storm with a score of hits, a top TV show and a legion of fans. She was the most influential British female artist of the 60’s. Known as the White Lady of Soul, she was responsible for bringing the Motown sound to the UK. But the success she wanted is hollow and real happiness eludes her.
The original production of Dusty was nominated for seven Helpmann Awards, and won four.
DUSTY played to over 400,000 people in 253 performances in its original Australian tour. It also played a successful return tour a few years later.
DUSTY the Original Pop Diva includes many great big hits of the 1960s including: I Only Want To Be With You, Dancing In The Street, Wishin’ and Hopin’, Son Of A Preacher Man, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, and many more.
Visit the DUSTY website for more information on the show, available materials and to apply for a production licence.
Click here to download the script. NOTE: Sample only. Do not copy or reproduce in any way. A licence must be obtained to perform this work.
APRA award winning writer, John Field, and co. have been working on a mini movie of his musical WHO LOVES ME?...and it's ready! Visit the oztheatrical.com/wlm/video page to watch this mesmerising musical movie.
Starring: ENZA RUSSO as Sophia Bellini. EMMA PASK as Carmella. SOPHIE PERKINS as Madeleine. ADRIAN ESPULSO as Michael Milano. JAY PIRELLI as Enzo Bellini. PRUDENCE HOLLOWAY Julia Miles. CHLOE DALLIMORE as Monica, RYAN DESAULNIER as Mariato. DIRECTED BY Jacqueline Field and John Field. Words and Music: John Field. PRODUCER: Maree Kirkland-Morris.
Also available for viewing are the 7 minute trailer and individual songs from the musical.
Synopsis: Enzo Bellini, a dying Italian café owner has one last wish: to see his heartbroken daughter happy again. He will do anything to make this happen before he dies…including putting up a huge matchmaking billboard in the middle of the city, with his daughter Sophia’s face 100 times life size.
The 6 o’clock news gets interested when a poetic “mystery man” writes a gushing second billboard in reply. The words of the mystery man’s second billboard captivate Sophia, and the search is on for Who Loves Me?
WHO LOVE ME? is available to perform. Click here to apply for a performance licence.
Visit the WHO LOVES ME? website for videos, music, photos and a free download of the script.
Read the complete script of HER HOLINESS for free until August 3.
HER HOLINESS is the play about Saint Mary MacKillop - Australia's first saint, possibly Australia's first feminist, certainly a role model to women and men alike.
She was Australia's Martin Luther. The antipodean Thomas More. Our Joan of Arc. A Woman for all seasons.
Her Holiness combines humour and drama in dealing with life and death battles and survival in Australia - then and now.
Read the script for free here.
YOU SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IS...AND OTHER PLAYS
ORiGiN™ Theatrical has published Craig Christie's new collection of short plays. The plays cover a range of topics and theatrical styles which are ideal for the drama class or community theatre group.
As these pieces were created to be able to be performed with a minimum amount of technical support, the focus is on what the performers can bring to script. There is a minimum of stage direction and character outlines which hopefully will encourage any group to bring their own interpretations to the fore. In keeping with the original intention of the writing of these scripts in whatever context they may now be utilised the emphasis should continue to be about participation, creativity and enjoyment for all participants.
Titles of plays:
YOU SEE, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IS...
LOSING MY PATIENTS
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN SINS
FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
THE GREAT PRETENDER
The plays can be licensed as a collection or individually. Visit the ORiGiN™ Theatrical show page for YOU SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IS... AND OTHER PLAYS here, and make an enquiry.
Free Sample Script:
Download a free sample script here.
For more information about the collection and individual plays, visit the ORiGiN™ show page here.
With all the new videos and posts to share about John Field's musical Who Loves Me?, we now have a new Facebook Page dedicated to sharing all news, content and special offers relating to Who Loves Me? Please show your support to one of our favourite Aussie writers and musical creators by liking this new page and following the journey of this fantastic new musical -facebook.com/WhoLovesMeMusical
John Field and co. have been working on a mini movie of my musical "Who Loves Me?"...and it's ready!
Released one at a time over about a week scenes from the movie will be shared online. Then the fifteen minute mini movie of this very moving musical will be released.
View the videos on the "Who Loves Me?" website here.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. After winning a glittering array of international awards, this spectacular production has returned home to Sydney for its 10th anniversary celebration tour, with more sparkle than ever! It has all your favourite Disco hits, including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE, FINALLY, and many more.
Don't miss the bus! Priscilla must leave 21 July.
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