What Is the Matter with Mary Jane?
Other Plays by Wendy Harmer
Other Plays by Sancia Robinson
Harmer, Wendy (Australian playwright, author, columnist, comedienne, radio show host, screen writer, b. Yarram, Victoria, Australia, October 10, 1955-____), and Sancia Robinson (Australian playwright, actress, 19__-____), “What Is the Matter with Mary Jane?”
a __-minute drama in English, set in ____________, Australia, 1996,
© 1996 by Wendy Harmer and Sancia Robinson;
• in Wendy Harmer and Sancia Robinson’s What Is the Matter with Mary Jane? (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Currency Press Pty Ltd, 1996), ISBN 0868194806, ISBN 9780868194806;
• also, in Wendy Harmer and Sancia Robinson’s What Is the Matter with Mary Jane? (Twickenham, England: Dramatic Lines Publishers, 2000), ISBN 0952222442;
• 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, or available from Dramatic Lines Publishers. P.O. Box 201, Twickenham, TW2 5RQ, England, telephone +44 (0)20 8296 9502, fax +44 (0)20 8296 9503, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• contact Wendy Harmer, http://www.wendyharmer.com.
• contact Wendy Harmer's agent, Jean Mostyn, at HLA Management, 87 Pitt Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales 2016, Australia, telephone +61 2 9310 4948, fax +61 2 9310 4113, e-mail email@example.com.
• contact Sancia Robinson's agent, Mark Morrissey and Associates (Artist Management Company), 45 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, New South Wales 2022, Australia, telephone +61 2 9369 3700, fax +61 2 9369 3911, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.markmorrissey.com.au.
Mary Jane (f), __, a recovering anorexic and bulimic.
A monologue about a recovering anorexic and bulimic, taking the audience into the painful reality of a woman afflicted by eating disorders.
• “‘What is the Matter with Mary Jane?’ . . . shows how the realisation that [Mary Jane’s] condition was an illness meant that she could begin the slow process of recovery. Based on Sancia Robinson’s own experiences, it is a play written with warmth, humour and extraordinary honesty. It is published with a full teacher’s study guide.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm, accessed August 18, 2003.
• Research could include Sancia Robinson’s Mary Jane - Living through Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa (Milson’s Point, New South Wales, Australia: Random House Australia, 1996), ISBN 0091832667, 206 pp.
• Also, research could include A. A. Milne’s (Alan Alexander Milne, 1882-1956) “Rice Pudding,” which starts “What is the matter with Mary Jane?/She’s crying with all her might and main,/And she won't eat her dinner - rice pudding again -/What is the matter with Mary Jane?”
• Also, research could include “The Body Image” from the study guide for this play, by Dianne Mackenzie and Helen Stathopoulos, available at http://www.currency.com.au/preview/body.htm, accessed August 21, 2003.
• Also, research could include Peta Tait and Elizabeth Schafer’s Australian Women’s Drama: Texts and Feminisms (Sidney, Australia: Currency Press, 1997), ISBN 0 86819 497 2, a survey of Australian women’s writing for theatre from 1971 to 1996; this anthology charts feminist thinking over the past twenty-five years.
• Wendy Harmer has been in comedy for many years. She has been on many debates, including the Super Debates for channel nine and World Series Debating for the ABC. Harmer used to write for Woman’s Weekly but doesn’t any more. You can listen to Wendy Harmer every weekday morning in Sydney on 2Day FM 104.1 from 6 to 9. Wendy’s column for Woman’s Weekly was called “A Bird’s Eye View”. Wendy was the host of the Big Gig which was the show that shot DAAS to fame. She has also written a few books, one of which is called “It’s a Joke Joyce”. Harmer has done other TV shows such as “Harmer’s Way”, “Tuesday Night Live” and “The Gillies Report.”—Wendy Harmer, http://www.angelfire.com/co2/aussiecomedians/WendyHarmer.html, accessed August 21, 2003.
• Research should include Wendy Harmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Harmer, accessed September 15, 2008.
• Wendy Harmer is Australia's best-known comedienne. She is a mother of two, veteran of countless international comedy festivals and hosted 2DayFM's top-rating Breakfast Show for 11 years. Wendy is also the author of three books for adults, including the best-selling Farewell My Ovaries (Allen & Unwin 2005) as well as two plays, a series of children's book about Pearlie, an urban park fairy, and the libretto for Lake Lost, a production by Baz Luhrmann for Opera Australia. Wendy has hosted, written and appeared in a wide variety of TV shows including ABC's Big Gig and In Harmer's Way. She has also hosted the Nine Network television Logies and has been a regular newspaper and magazine contributor, writing columns for Australian Women's Weekly and the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine."—Allen & Unwin - Author Display, http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=311&author=221, accessed September 15, 2008.
• After graduating from NIDA in 1989, Sancia went on to perform lead roles at the STC, Belvoir St, NIDA Company and The Griffin in Sydney; MTC, and The Playbox in Melbourne and the State Theatre Company in Adelaide. TV highlights during this time included guest roles in “A Country Practice,” “Blue Heelers,” “Janus,” and “Good Guys, Bad Guys”. In conjunction with Wendy Harmer, Sancia created "What is the Matter with Mary-Jane,” based on Sancia's own life experiences with anorexia nervosa which was first produced by STC, who toured it from their Wharf theatre in 1996 to the Edinburgh Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival to great critical acclaim. During this time Sancia also wrote a self-help book for sufferers called “Mary-Jane” based on the play, which was published by Random House. In 1998, she took a hiatus from performing and began to work behind the scenes in TV and radio production. Her credits in this area include Austereo's “Martin/Molloy”, Network Ten’s “The Panel” Fox Footy Channel, the ABC and Lonely Planet TV. Sancia has recently begun to perform again, and her credits most recently include lead roles in “Shock Jock” - which screened earlier this year on the ABC, as well the lead role in MTC’s “Coup d’Etat”. She has just performed and co-produced a return season of "Mary Jane" for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is currently working as a producer on "ToughLove" for MMM on the Austereo network.—Sancia Robinson | Mark Morrissey & Associates, http://www.markmorrissey.com.au/profiles/RobinsonSancia_cv.php, accessed September 15, 2008.
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