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Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Stephen King
Adapted by: Simon Moore
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 68
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0573018502
ISBN-13: 9780573018503
Cast Size: 2 women, 1 man

About the Play:

Misery is a full-length thriller by Simon Moore. A roller coaster ride into the darkness and torment of obsession. Audiences can expect the unexpected in this compellingly cruel thriller. After an auto accident, best-selling romance novelist, Paul Sheldon, is lucky to be alive. Or is he? This stunning stage adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece is a true nail-biting suspense thriller.

Misery is a stage adaptation of the classic Stephen King psychological horror thriller. Popular romance novelist Paul Sheldon retires each winter to Colorado to write another work featuring heroine Misery Chastain. Driving while inebriated, he loses control of his car. He regains consciousness in a filthy, dilapidated farmhouse that is cut off from the outside world by a blizzard. Annie, the schizophrenic occupant, is his number one fan and she insists she will nurse him. His legs are crushed and he is virtually a prisoner dependant on her for pain relief. She discovers that his new book is not about Misery and she forces him to destroy it and write another. Thus begins Paul's descent into a living hell of pain, humiliation and degradation. Like Scheherazade, he must write a new chapter every day to stay alive. Misery is a tour de force for actors.

Misery premiered in 1992 at the Criterion Theatre in the West End of London. The play has been performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 1 man

What people say:

"It makes seats optional. The audience spent the evening on the edge." — Daily Express (London)

"Just as the suspense becomes intolerable there is a brilliantly delivered joke before the coup de grace. To make the audience gasp and laugh at the same instant is quite an achievement.... This is a compellingly cruel thriller." — Daily Telegraph (London)

About the Playwright:

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He has become one of the world's most successful writers and is the winner of several awards including six Bram Stoker awards, six Horror Guild awards, five Locus Awards, three World Fantasy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers' Association, and a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

Simon Moore is an award-winning British writer and director in film, television, and theater.  He won a BAFTA for his screenplay for Traffik, the acclaimed six-hour BBC mini-series about the international drug trade that served as inspiration for Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award winning feature Traffic.

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