Ron Elisha, a speaker of Hebrew, graduated from Melbourne University in 1975 with a degree in Medicine, and has since practised as a general practitioner. He has been a member of the Australian Writer's Guild, the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) and PEN International. He received the 1990 Best Screenplay Houston International Film Festival Gold Award for By My Own Authority. He read at the Sunflower Bookshop in 1990.
Has also written scripts for television, film and radio. Won an AWGIE award for the television play Death Duties in the ABC series Six Pack.
Awards for Works
Stainless Steel Rat2011single work drama "If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers." Julian Assange.
In this daring new play, simple questions are asked. Who is Julian Assange? A bogan with a modem? Or the most consequential revolutionary Australian of our time? How is it possible that a self-educated hactivist from the outskirts of Melbourne, who never finished high school, could change the world and initiate a global chess game in which Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev and even our own Julia Gillard are not just key players, but pieces on the board itself?
This 'wikiplay', an expose on the secrecy of government being destroyed by new concepts of technology, derives inspiration from the words of Assange himself: "Change the world... through passion, inspiration and trickery!" (Source: Showbiz website)
Renaissance2005single work drama A man is dying and da Vinci is passionately drawing. He wants the man's body for anatomical dissection. His work is believed to be that of the devil and he is charged with a crime against humanity and the soul of man. Passion and outrage collide. Three people shall become da Vinci's future: a 100-year-old man who counts every breath, a restive priest fighting for his own morality, and a woman who shall become forever famous.
Whilst set in 16th century Italy, the themes explored in Renaissance are as eternal as the smile on the face of La Giaconda: the rise of fundamentalism as a reaction to the modern/feminist disposition and its need to control women; medical ethics, the oppression of free thought and the place, purpose and importance of the artist.' Source:http://www.theprogram.net.au/giveawaysSub.asp?id=849&state_id= (Sighted 02/11/2206).
It is November 22, 1963. JFK has just been shot dead. We are aboard Air Force One, taking off from Love Field in Dallas, Texas: Lyndon Baines Johnson, the newly sworn-in President, Jackie Kennedy, the grieving widow of the recently deceased President, and the casket - the last forming the centrepiece in what is arguably the most emotionally charged airplane journey of all time. As the hunt for the assassin unfolds off-stage, the Widow and the Usurper are forced to confront the personal consequences of what has just happened. Layer by painful layer is stripped back as we bear witness to the dreams, the fears and the regrets of these two iconic figures, suddenly finding themselves at the very pivoting point of history. Initially at opposite poles of the emotional universe, by journey's end they have reached an odd kind of understanding - one that has taken root in the shadow of the dead President's casket. Taking its inspiration from recorded conversations that took place between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Jackie Kennedy in the wake of the assassination, Love Field explores what it is inside one human being that engenders love in another.