Cover art by Phil Gibson from the original Off-Broadway production


John Fisher
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Sheet music to "Misery" and "After the Show" by James Dudek available upon request.
Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Script


A comedy with songs about students falling in and out of love.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Well-crafted and poignant. JOY is entertainment done with style!” —Variety

“Positively giddy in its imaginative flourishes!” —New York Post

“JOY takes audiences on an effervescently romantic ride!” —Backstage

“Witty, wry, tightly constructed and surprisingly affecting! John Fisher has a flair for dialogue and a gift for narrative.” —Associated Press

“A sweet/sharp roundelay charting several students’ tangled liaisons. More in tune with Noel Coward or Woody Allen (especially Manhattan) than recent Gen X studies, this precocious work suggests commercial instincts already honed well beyond strictly gay audience appeal … Memorable lines zing out constantly; the fourth wall is frequently crashed. It credits Fisher’s talent that these gambits seem fresh rather than forced. JOY’s wit and charm shine brightly.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety

About the Author


  • John Fisher

    John Fisher has written and directed over twenty works for the stage, both plays and musicals with original music and lyrics. His shows include the long-running MEDEA: THE MUSICAL, COMBAT! and THE JOY OF GAY SEX, all of which have been performed in many cities (NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles) and have received numerous awards (Critics Circle, NEA Grant, Glickman, Backstage, GLAAD.) His plays have been performed Off-Broadway in New York City. He has directed many plays by other authors in local premieres (SF Bay Area) or major revivals. These shows include NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, RED SCARE ON SUNSET, BENT and THE PHILANDERER. He also worked with major regional theatres, including Yale Rep and ACT.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/1/2007
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881453447

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Joy is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC