The Welsh Matchstick – Johnny Owen – a biographical poetic account of his last fight

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If you’re a boxing fan, you may have heard of how the Welsh Matchstick, Johnny Owen, came to try and take the Bantamweight title from an oliveskinned bruiser named Lupe Pintor. Lupe Pintor came from Mexico, to whip the crap out of this pretty boy Lord Fauntleroy, aka Johnny. Ya see, ‘cause like Johnny, Lupe needed the dough-ray-me, the moolah, the dinero, like all fighters do. Johnny was chalky, and tall, kind of bony and neat, arms like tapered steel springs, and a nose surprisingly Greek. He wasn’t called Matchstick Johnny Owen, for nothing. A Welshman, looked like a needle standing, sideways. But a tough cookie, so said my bookie, Johnny’s never been knocked off his feet. He’s gonna be pretty damned tough to beat. But even tough cookies crumble. Johnny tragically lost his life that night – a star in the making, snuffed out. This is the story of Johnny Owen – a biography.

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Johnny Owen - a biography

THE WELSH MATCHSTICK – JOHNNY OWEN – A BIOGRAPHICAL POETIC ACCOUNT OF HIS LAST FIGHT

If you’re a boxing fan, you may have heard of how the Welsh Matchstick, Johnny Owen, came to try and take the Bantamweight title from an oliveskinned bruiser named Lupe Pintor. Lupe Pintor came from Mexico, to whip the crap out of this pretty boy Lord Fauntleroy, aka Johnny. Ya see, ‘cause like Johnny, Lupe needed the dough-ray-me, the moolah, the dinero, like all fighters do. Johnny was chalky, and tall, kind of bony and neat, arms like tapered steel springs, and a nose surprisingly Greek. He wasn’t called Matchstick Johnny Owen, for nothing. A Welshman, looked like a needle standing, sideways. But a tough cookie, so said my bookie, Johnny’s never been knocked off his feet. He’s gonna be pretty damned tough to beat. But even tough cookies crumble. Johnny tragically lost his life that night – a star in the making, snuffed out. This is the story of Johnny Owen – a biography.

This play is a real life account of the historic boxing match witnessed by the playwright, Stanley Dyrector

PRODUCTION HISTORY

The Welsh Matchstick was first performed by the author at the
Writers Guild of America West, Los Angeles, California, in 1980,
under the title of The Championship Fight. It was also performed
at other Los Angeles theaters, including First Stage. 

See other plays by Stanley Dyrector:

Second Time’s a Charm – Romantic Script for Mature Actors
A Walk in the Park – short play for seniors

Stanley Dyrector is  a member of SAG-AFTRA and WGAW (Writers Guild of America West)

Author: Stanley Dyrector

Type: One act play

Genre: Johnny Owen – a biography

Cast: 1M

Ages of the actor: Adult

Suitable for: Teens up to perform and all ages to watch

Length: 30 minutes

Set: Black box stage. Alternatively two other actors can play the boxers

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – this is a 30 minute monologue – a strong actor with many nuances in his acting will be needed to hold the audience’s attention

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Copyright © May 2022 Stanley Dyrector

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JOHNNY OWEN – A BIOGRAPHY

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