Plays by John Misto

Madame Rubinstein  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon.

From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world's richest businesswomen?

Madame Rubinstein is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind?

Written by esteemed Australian playwright John Misto, this edition of the text was published to coincide with its 2017 run at the Park Theatre, London. 

John Misto is an award-winning writer for television and stage. His plays have been produced throughout Australia and internationally, and include Harp on the Willow (for which he won the 2002 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights' Award), Gossamer, Sky and The Shoe-horn Sonata, which won Best Play at 1996 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It also won the 1995 'Australia Remembers' National Play Competition. John also writes for television. His credits include Heroes' MountainThe Rescue of Stuart Diver, which won the Gold Plaque Award for Best Feature Length Telefilm Drama at the 2002 Chicago International Film Festival, was the first Australian telemovie ever to be purchased by the US Cable Network, Showtime, and was the most critically acclaimed and award-winning Movie for Television produced by Sony Television International.