I should like a new man to come. A perfect villain to come and fascinate me. And I should ask him quite humbly to lead me to my ruin.


Promiscuous prophet or philandering fool? Mary MacLane is a woman you’d be mad not to meet.

More than one hundred years ago, The Story of Mary MacLane set America aflame. A shocking confessional from a 19-year-old girl who refused to succumb to the corset-bound prudery of her age, Mary’s scandalous memoir broke all the rules—and sold over 100,000 copies.

Today, Ride On Theatre’s Bojana Novakovic and Tanya Goldberg bring Mary’s writings to the stage in a bold and magical ‘monologue for two’ backed with original music composed and performed by You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.

The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself will whirl you through a kaleidoscopic tale of the greatest genius you’ve never heard of, defy you to look deep within and dare you to dance with the devil.

This production contains the use of a hazer and a herbal cigarette.

Presented in association with Malthouse Theatre, Merrigong Theatre Company and Performing Lines

Cast & Creatives

Director Tanya Goldberg
Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp
Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith
Dramaturg Campion Decent
With Andrew Baylor, Mark HarrisBojana Novakovic, Tim Rogers

Dan Witton performed in place of Mark Harris for 4 and 5 May shows.

Performance Times

Preview 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 April
Season 13 April – 12 May

Performance Times
Monday-Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm

Run Time
75 minutes no interval.


Bojana Novakovic and Tanya Goldberg, The Story of Mary Maclane by Herself


The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself is timeless and quite beautiful stuff.” Time Out

“’It will amuse you. It will arouse your interest. It will stir your curiosity.’ It does indeed, and on all counts.” SMH

“Another wonderful show from Griffin; original, unexpected, illuminating, funny and touching—it’s already a deserved hit.” Stage Noise

“The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself  is immensely invigorating…Something that stays with you vitally, well after the lights have dimmed and the theatre emptied.” Kevin Jackson 

“The voice of Mary Maclane transcends time and historical context in this show and that’s…just the way she would like it.” Australian Stage

“Movie actress Bojana Novakovic… is the beating heart of this production.” The Daily Telegraph

“The production has humour and charm [and] the best song written about a potato this decade.”  Concrete Playground

“They’ve talent in spades.” Crikey

“When you see a piece this engaging it restores your faith in Sydney’s theatre scene.” Same Same

“Has many a high moment. The central character of MacLane is as interesting as they come.” Theatre People

Blog Posts



As we gear up to welcome the scandalous Mary MacLane to our stage, Designer Anna Cordingley takes us through her process of design. Mine is a very early-heavy process; I love the research and developmental phase of a project. And...

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The next show taking over the Stables, brings the amazing Melbourne-based team of writer/performer Bojana Novakovic, musician Tim Rogers and director Tanya Goldberg from Ride On Theatre, in a theatrical treat that explores the writings of controversial North American diarist,...

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So you’ve finally got an interview for that perfect job – it’s time to prep some perfect answers. There are always a few sticky questions, like this age-old nasty: “Tell us what your faults are.” If only I’d had Mary...

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