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John Misto


Work by the author


Shoe-Horn Sonata, The Harp on the Willow Dark Voyager
Lip Service

Author's Bio


"Misto's writing gifts are so enormous as to be daunting."

James Waites, Drama Critic - The Sydney Morning Herald

John Misto has been writing plays since 1992. His play, The Shoe-Horn Sonata has been reprinted nineteen times and sold more than sixty thousand copies. The Shoe-Horn Sonata also won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play and the Australia Remembers National Playwriting Prize.

Misto's other works include Dark Voyager about the turbulent relationship between Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. Misto also wrote the hugely successful play, Harp on the Willow which won the Rodney Seaborn Award for Best Play. John Misto is co-writer of Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story which has enjoyed several successful national tours of Australia.

John Misto's most recent play, Lip Service had a sell-out season at London's Park Theatre in 2017 (under the title Madame Rubinstein) and a successful season at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and at the Lawler Theatre in Melbourne. Lip Service is to be performed in Poland, Lithuania and Israel.

John Misto is also 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.