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William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King
Full Length, Thriller
2 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 3, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3606-1


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE: A required Production Package consisting of 3 Acting Editions, 2 Stage Manager Editions, 2 Director’s Editions, a Logo Pack and Song Usage of “I’ll be Seeing You” is required for production. A one-time nonprofessional fee of $439.00 (plus shipping and handling) will be added. Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata” is also required for production and is in the public domain.
THE STORY: Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does.
“There are no lulls in famed screenwriter William Goldman’s 90-minute stage adaptation of the Stephen King story, which Goldman himself translated into the 1990 film… Exposition that took a dozen pages in paperback and at least several minutes on screen plays out…faster than snow piling up in a Colorado blizzard.” —WNBC NY.