Murray-Smith, Joanna (Australian playwright, novelist, screen writer, 19__-____), “Nightfall,” a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, 1999,
© 1999 by Joanna Murray-Smith;
• in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Nightfall (Strawberry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: Currency Press Pty Ltd, 1999), ISBN 086819591X;
• script/rights available from Currency Press Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, telephone +61 2 9319 5877, fax +61 2 9319 3649, http://www.currency.com.au, firstname.lastname@example.org;
• contact Joanna Murray-Smith through her publicist Natalie Kaplan, Natalie.Kaplan@penguin.com.au.
Ed Kingsley (m), __, father; Emily Kingsley (f), __, mother; Cora Kingsley (f), __, daughter.
It’s twilight, and a mother and father wait for the promised return of their daughter who vanished ten years earlier. A stranger arrives at their doorstep, warning them that their daughter will only return on certain, agonising terms.
The doorbell rings. They open the door. On the porch stands a young woman. Emily and Edward Kingsley have dreamt of this night for seven years. At the same time, however, they have shared the dread that their dream may turn into a nightmare. But nothing could have prepared them for the decision they must face which will change the nature of their relationship forever.
• “Murray-Smith closely examines family, love and commitment with her characteristically sharp insight in this taut and compelling new drama.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm, accessed August 16, 2003.
• “Joanna Murray-Smith's plays have been produced throughout Australia and all over the world . . . . Other plays include 'Nightfall,' 'Redemption,' 'Love Child,' 'Atlanta,' 'Flame' and 'Bombshells,' many of which have been translated into other languages and adapted for BBC, Swedish and Australian radio. Joanna's novel Truce was published by Penguin in 1994. She has written for ABC and SBS television and recently completed a screenplay for Hollywood. Her stage and screen writing has been nominated for many awards, and 'Honour' won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Drama in 1996. Joanna has written extensively for newspapers and journals, including The Age, The Australian, The Sunday Age, Overland and The Bulletin.”—Penguin Books Australia - What's New, http://www.penguin.com.au/authors/author-author-profile.cfm?AuthorId=0000001343, accessed August 24, 2003.
• Joanna Murray-Smith is a Melbourne based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her plays, which include 'Honour,' 'Rapture,' 'Bombshells,' 'Nightfall,' 'Redemption,' 'Love Child' and 'Flame,' have been produced around the world. Honour has been produced in over two dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London and most recently in the West End. Both 'Honour' and 'Rapture' won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Best Play. Most recently, Melbourne Theatre Company produced The Female of the Species. Joanna has also published three novels Truce, Judgement Rock and Sunnyside.—Currency Press - Search, http://www.currency.com.au/search.aspx?type=author&author=Joanna+Murray-Smith, accessed September 10, 2008.
• Murray-Smith has made a name for herself as a playwright, justly admired for her ironic studies of the Australian middle-classes' mid-life crises, insecurities, mores and absurdities, most of which are set in an Australian suburbia not dissimilar to that found on the Mornington Peninsula where she grew up. As one critic put it rather loftily, the world Murray-Smith chooses to write about is "fairly smug and comfortable", her people are "articulate, have every material advantage and a highly developed sense of their own anguish". She has written 10 plays, two of which, "Honour" in 1996 and "Rapture" in 2003, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for drama. Honour has been performed on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London, and another of her plays, 'Nightfall,' has just received a rehearsed reading in New York. But fathoming the mysteries that fester beneath the cliches of suburbia through her playwrighting is not all there is to Murray-Smith. She has also written two novels, Truce in 1994 and Judgement Rock in 2002, both of which draw on her feelings and experience of the islands of Bass Strait. As a child, Murray-Smith spent family holidays, year after enchanted year, on the remote, uninhabited Erith Island, one of the Kent group of islands in Bass Strait. This moody landscape shaped her as much as did the wilds of suburbia over there on the mainland. "I carry the islands inside my head as a woman and as a writer," she has said. "They are an intense, unwavering landscape inside my own imagination." In its wildness, "its temperament, its imagery, its distance from society, it is unto itself."—Storms in teacups - Books - Entertainment - smh.com.au, http://www.smh.com.au/news/books/storms-in-teacups/2005/09/01/1125302674805.html, accessed September 10, 2008.
• Research could inlcude Peta Tait and Elizabeth Schafer’s Australian Women’s Drama: Texts and Feminisms (Sidney, Australia: Currency Press, 1997), ISBN 0868194972, a survey of Australian women’s writing for theatre from 1971 to 1996; this anthology charts feminist thinking over twenty-five years.
commitment, disappearance, family, love, memory, parent-child relationship, reconciliation, reunion.