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July 2011

It's been another amazing year for www.alexbroun.com with the innovative free script access website continuing to break records, set new ones and break them again month after month.

Since www.alexbroun.com went on line in December 2007 it has now racked up over 6.5 million hits worldwide! (6,558,942 to be exact).

And the even better news is the site has continued to grow in popularity each year - from 1,203,302 hits in 2008 to 1,717,949 in 2009 to a whopping 2,644,452 in 2010 - a boost once more of nearly 30% on the previous year.

There was a similar jump in the number of unique visitors - 34,396 in 2010, up from 26,837 in 2009 and total visits - 45,534 in 2010 up from 30,706 (2009).

This means the total number of unique visitors to the site since its launch is approaching the 100,000 mark (91,936) and total visits have hit 118,977.

January 2010 also saw a new record set for the biggest month ever on the site with 4,597 unique visitors to the site making 370,897 hits, breaking the old record of our official launch month October 2008 - 4,350 unique visitors for a total of 335,583 hits.

All these hits added up to yet another great year of productions with my totals now standing at:

Ten minute plays: In 2010 I had a total of 192 productions of 57 different ten minute plays. This is up from 159 productions in 2009.

Full length one-act plays: In 2010 I had 8 productions of 6 different full length-one act plays (up from 7 in 2009).

Film scripts: In 2010 I had three short film scripts filmed (down from the 13 in 2009, which was a very big year for short film scripts being produced.)

This brings my total productions to: 20 films, 63 one act-full length plays and 480 productions of my ten minute plays as I continue to move towards my goal of 100 different ten minute plays produced in 1000 productions.

The current total sits at 74 plays produced in 480 productions - so I'm over half way there. 100 ten minute plays produced in 1000 productions now seems a very realistic target!

My plays have now been produced in 21 countries : Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Estonia, France, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the USA.

Other highlights in 2010 were:

+ Plays produced in Hungary, Romania, India and Concepcion in Chile where a play was used by a local theatre group "to bring some joy to the community" after the devastating earthquakes. 

+ Some ten minute plays were translated into Spanish and sent down to the trapped miners in Chile for them to read while they waited to be rescued. 

+ A collection of short plays was translated into Persian and published in Iran.

+ My most popular short play 10,000 cigarettes has had over 100 productions across the globe including being produced in 42 states of the USA.

The most popular ten minute plays produced in 2009 were 10,000 cigarettes (for the third year running) with 28 (down from 32 in 2009), with another favourite, The First Fireworks, in second place with 20 (up from 15) productions.

Both these plays presence on the popular website www.tenminuteplays.com  might help contribute to these excellent numbers.

In another landmark the 28 productions for 10,000 cigarettes took it over a century of productions to 106! 65 productions have been in the USA where the play has now been produced in over 42 different states !

The Kill remains in third with 9 productions for an impressive total of 23 productions overall.

The real mover in terms of the last 12 months were two newer plays the air-borne drama Ash and the photocopy comedy Jammed, both who had seven productions each in 2010 to lift them to equal fourth on the Top Ten table for 2010.

The consistent Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook also enjoyed a good year with six productions (22 in all), making it equal sixth with a new play, the gross out sex-comedy Flushed, and another old favourite, Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, with its six productions taking its total productions to 23, equal third overall with The Kill.

In equal eighth with five productions were a bunch of six plays and best of all four of these were new to the Top Ten list : the controversial school room drama Jade, the celebrity obsessed A pubic hair by Johnny Depp, the text message inspired Ten Million Pieces of My Heart and the hostage comedy, Currency Press.

The others tied at eighth were the drama Blood Reversal, which still continues to perform well with 15 productions in total, and the comedy, The Actress Dilemma, one of my earlier plays written in 2005, but still racking up the productions (18 in all).

The Top Ten-list of ten minute plays for produced in 2010 is as follows:

Play 2010 Productions 2009 Productions
1. 10,000 cigarettes 28 34 (-6)
2. The First Fireworks 20 15 (+5)
3. The Kill 9 13 (-4)
4. Ash 7 2 (+5)
   Jammed 7 - (+7)
6. Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 6 9 (-3)
    Flushed 6 1 (+5)
    Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 6 5 (+1)
9. A pubic hair by Johnny Depp 5 - (+5)
    Blood Reversal 5 7 (-2)
   Currency Press 5 1 (+4)
   Jade 5 - (+5)
   Ten Million pieces of my heart 5 1 (+4)
   The Actress Dilemma 5 7 (-2)

 

Which brings us to the Top 10 list of total productions for ten minute plays: (Plays Produced All Years):

 

Play Total Productions Ranking in 2008
1. 10,000 cigarettes 106 1 (-)
2. The First Fireworks 48 2 (-)
3. Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 23 3 (-)
   The Kill 23 3 (+2)
5. Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 22 4 (-1)
6. The Actress Dilemma 18 6 (-)
7. The Gift of the Gun 16 6 (-1)
8. Blood Reversal 15 NEW
9. Somewhere between the sky and the sea 14 6 (-3)
10. The Celine Dion Songbook 11 9 (-1)

The top two remains the same (10,000 cigarettes and The First Fireworks) with The Kill, written in 2008, up two places to join Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore in equal third. 

The other big mover is Blood Reversal, also written in 2008, which is a new entry at No.8.

The play to drop off the list this year is Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides, which just misses out with a total of ten productions. 

In terms of full length-one act plays - the most popular play in productions was Falling Stars, again, and Lost, which was produced in Port Macquarie and South Gippsland in Victoria. Both had two productions.

The other full length plays produced were Blind City, The Jacaranda Tree in Whyalla, South Australia, pfv by the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC Theatre Co in Sydney and Half a Person - My life as told by The Smiths which was produced at Chapel off Chapel by Fly-on-the-Wall Theatre in Melbourne. The production was so successful it had a return season later in the year. 

This brings my total of full length-one act plays produced to 19 plays in 62 productions.

The three film scripts released in 2010 were Ryan's Goal and broken (both directed by the author) and Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore in Sydney.

As you can see another amazing 12 months for www.alexbroun.com. I hope you keep downloading and enjoying my plays.

Best wishes,

Alex Broun 

 

January 2010

Dear all,

It's been another amazing twelve months for www.alexbroun.com

The site has continued to grow in popularity and on Google it rates as the No.1 ten minute play website worldwide. And on Bing www.alexbroun.com is second.

Theatre companies, drama schools, schools, actors and directors across the globe are coming to www.alexbroun.com to download a wide range of scripts perfect for productions, study in class and scene work.

The numbers are staggering.

Since www.alexbroun.com went on line in December 2007 it has racked up nearly 3 million hits (2948700 to be exact) and it continues to grow.

In 2008 the site experienced 1203302 hits which expanded to 1717949 in 2009 - a jump of nearly 30%.

There was a similar jump in the number of unique visitors - 24709 in 2009 up from 16775 in 2008 and total visits - 30706 (2009) up from 20876 (2008).

The total number of unique visitors and total visits are equally impressive - 42100 unique visitors making 52355 total visits.

The biggest month however still remains our official launch month (October 2008) - 4350 unique visitors for a total of 335583 hits.

All these hits have resulted in a fabulous year in terms of productions.

In 2009 I have had 7 productions of one-act and full length plays, 13 films made of short film scripts and a staggering 159 productions of ten minute plays.

This brings my total productions to: 17 films, 55 one act-full length plays and 321 productions of my ten minute plays as I continue to move towards my goal of 100 different ten minute plays produced.

The current total sits at 59 plays produced in 321 productions - so I'm over half way there. 100 ten minute plays produced in 1000 productions now seems a very realistic target !

The most popular ten minute plays produced in 2009 were 10,000 cigarettes (as usual) with 34 productions, with another favourite, The First Fireworks, in second place with 15 productions.

If 10,000 cigarettes continues its current trajectory it should hit a century of productions in 2010 !

The real mover in terms of the last 12 months was a new play The Kill, with 13 productions, in just twelve months. Not a bad start for the play about dreams, very sharp knives and tomatoes.

Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook also enjoyed a good year with 9 productions, as did The Actress Dilemma with 7 productions (including winning awards for Audience Favourite at Ten x 10 in Wagga Wagga and acting and directing awards at Fast & Furious at the Peninsula Theatre Company on Sydney's northern beaches) and another new play, Blood Reversal, that was produced an encouraging 7 times.

somewhere between the sky and the sea continues to go strong with 6 productions, followed by Rupert and the Seven Russian email brides (starting strong with 5), along with The Kiss and Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, and on 4 productions in 2009 was the trio of Donut, Twenty Dollars and surprisingly perhaps, Gun Laws.

Picking up a trio of productions were two of my early dramas - The Celine Dion Songbook and The Gift of the Gun. Nice to see them still gaining productions after nearly a decade.

The Top Ten-list of ten minute plays for produced in 2009 is as follows:

Play 2009 Productions 2008 Productions
1. 10,000 cigarettes 34 (22)
2. The First Fireworks 15 (5)
3. The Kill 13 (1)
4. Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 9 (7)
=5. The Actress Dilemma 7 (4)
=5. Blood Reversal 7 (-)
6. somewhere between the sky and sea 6 (7)
=7. Rupert and the seven Russian Email Brides 5 (3)
=7. The Kiss  5 (-)
=7. Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 5 (1)

It's pretty astonishing (and very pleasing to me) that a play needs to get 5 productions to even make the Top 10 list for 2009.

Which brings us to the Top 10 list of total productions, which reads:

Plays Produced All Years

Play Total Productions Ranking in 2008
1. 10,000 cigarettes 75 (1)
2. The First Fireworks 28 (2)
3. Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 17 (3)
4. Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 16 (=7)
5. The Kill 14 (-)
=6. The Actress Dilemma 13 (9)
=6. somewhere between the sky and sea 13 (5)
=6.The Gift of the Gun 13 (4)
9. The Celine Dion Songbook 9 (=7)
10.  Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides 8 (-)

The top three remains the same (10,000 cigarettes, The First Fireworks and Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore) with the big movers Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook jumping up from equal 7th to 4th and The Kill coming into the chart at No.5 - with a bullet ! - on 14 productions (an impressive 13 in 2009).

The Actress Dilemma climbs from equal 9th to equal 6th, even with The Gift of the Gun, which slips down from 4th, and somewhere between the sky and sea, slipping down one spot from 5th.

The Celine Dion Songbook just holds on at 9th (down from equal 7th) and in No.10 is another new entry Rupert and the Seven Russian email brides with 8 productions.

Dropping off the list are Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster (equal 5th last year) and Fate's Steady Hands (equal 9th).

In terms of full length-one act plays - the most popular play in productions was Falling Stars, which was produced in the UK, Australia and China (!), followed by Potential for Violence (Madrid in Spain and the UK).

The other full length plays produced were 10,000 beers (in South Africa) and Desire which was produced by Inspira Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

This brings my total of full length-one act plays produced to 19 plays in 55 productions.

The most popular script filmed in 2009 was The Gift of the Gun, which was filmed three times (twice in Australia, once in New Zealand) followed by The First Fireworks which was filmed twice (once in Belgium, once in New York).

Other scripts to be filmed were : Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook and Ryan's Goal (both Victoria), Rumpole of the Hammersmith Line (London), Fate's Steady Hands (USA), Rupert and the Seven Russian email brides and Broken (NSW), The Kill (New Zealand) and Meet the Family in South Africa.

I actually directed Broken and Ryan's Goal which brings my credits of films written and directed to three (four if you count Coffee, which I filmed many years ago - not particularly well I must admit !)

I have now had plays produced or filmed in 16 countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, UK, USA, Belgium, New Zealand, China and Spain.

The new countries over the last 12 months are: 

Spain (Potential for Violence at King's College School in Madrid, directed by Andrew Smith, performed by Christopher Holloway and Smith pictured),  Japan (10,000 cigarettes in Okinawa);  Belgium (The First Fireworks filmed in Brussels),  New Zealand (The Gift of the Gun and The Kill filmed in Auckland);  China (Falling Stars in Wu Han); Germany (10,000 cigarettes produced by a group of Indian students in Bremen! Click here to watch this video on You Tube; and Pakistan (Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides - produced under the title Shayan and the Eight Imaginary Brides - in Multan, pictured below left)

On the subjects of titles Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore was performed at Buffalo Quickies at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, directed by the wonderful Joyce Stilson, under the title Saturday Night Chippewa, Sunday Morning Lackawanna (pictured below right). Still chuckling about that one.

I am also moving closer to my goal of having plays produced in every state of the US.

Currently I have had plays produced in 36 states of the US - so I'm just missing 14.

So if you're in one of the following states please produce a play of mine to help me complete the set: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Theatre companies also mounting nights of my plays were also popular in 2009 with the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) in Sydney, Australia producing twelve of my ten minute plays under the title 12 Broun Shorts, directed by John O'Hare (flyer).

The plays were: 10,000 cigarettes, Ash (First production), Flushed (First Production), Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, Subverting the Will, Tel Aviv Disco Bombing, The Actress' Dilemma, The Celine Dion Songbook, The First Fireworks, The Gift of the Gun, The Kill and You.

The Actress' Dilemma especially in this season was a fantastic production with wonderful performances by Celia Kelly and Ant Sullivan.

The play was also split up and run throughout the night, which worked extremely well.

The Rockhampton Regional Council also presented a night of my 9 of my plays at the Walter Reid Centre in Rockhampton, directed and performed by local artists.

The plays were: Gone, Gun Laws, Recovery, Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, somewhere between the sky and the sea, The Actress' Dilemma, The Celine Dion Songbook, The Curious Case of Rymer McGuigan and The Kill.

And St Paul's Grammar in Sydney presented four of my plays, directed by Jacqueline Tuting: Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook, Chasing the Peloton (First Production), somewhere between the sky and the sea and The problem with Language.

2009 also saw two more ten-minute plays published in the USA, bringing my total of published plays (in the old fashioned way) to five.

The new publications are Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster (Playscripts) and Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook (Smith & Kraus)

In another exciting development a Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Jaber, Editing Manager Assistant, Al-Khaleej Daily Newspaper wrote to me about Sleeping Giants asking if he could translate it into Arabic.

"I would like to thank you for your great piece Sleeping Giants" he wrote.

"I am a Palestinian journalist. When I read it I felt that you are telling my people's story under Israeli Occupation where is a great wall had been spread along every single village and town, preventing my people to breath, to go to their own farms, to give a hand of help to their brothers and sisters behind the wall which divided them from in-between.

While I was reading the play I was seeing each single character in one face of whom I knew or those whom I had met from Israel for one reason or other and finally I though it would be a great job from my side to translate your play into Arabic, and set the play to fit our current situation and performed it with matching places and characters."

So, I am here asking if you give me the authority to do this for no benefits for me but only to show your play and introduce you to Arab World as one of the leading Authors in Australia - and in case it is performed, I would like to invite you to see it in different language and different stage.

Hope to get you acceptance for this noble attempt."

I was happy to give Mohammed my permission. To download the pdf of the translation of Sleeping Giants click here

And on the awards front 10,000 beers, produced under the title "Reverse Inebriation" by St Benedicts College, Bedford view, won Best Production at the RAPS One Act play festival in Johannesburg, South Africa plus five other awards. Congrats to the boys !

As you can see an amazing 12 months for www.alexbroun.com. I hope you keep downloading, enjoying and producing my plays.

Best wishes,

Alex Broun

 

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October 2008

Hi all,

It's been a very busy few months both in the writing and producing stakes, building up to the official launch of the site by the Federal minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, at 6pm on October 30th at NIDA in Sydney.

The site has been going incredibly well. It's now had over 500,000 hits - and over 7,500 unique visitors since it went online late in December 2007. The best news of all is September 2008 was the biggest month yet in terms of visits, hits and pages viewed.

There's also been some nice pre-launch publicity with a story in The Weekend Australian Magazine on August 9th - 10th, 2008. Thanks to Helen O'Neill for the great article and Adam Knott for the eye-catching photo.

To read the article click here.

This month I have no less than 14 new plays up on the site.

12 new ten minute plays (27 Flavours of her kiss, an angel but in the dark, Blood Reversal, Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook, Chasing the Peloton, I miss you the most when I catch sight of the moon, One Star (written with Renee Brack), Rupert and the 7 Russian Email Brides, The Curious Case of Rhymer McGuigan, The Kill, The Kiss, The People Upstairs) and two new one act/full length plays (Hold 'em, 10,000 beers).

All are now available to download and perform free of charge, except 10,000 beers. There is some interest in that play already so you need to contact me at productions@alexbroun.com.au if you are interested in performing it.

Wonderful news on the production front as I'm fast approaching 150 productions of 41 different ten minute plays! 59 more produced plays to go to reach my goal of 100 different 10 minute plays produced.

In fact I've had so many productions of my ten minute plays I've decided to do a Top Ten-Minute Play chart. On top is 10,000 cigarettes which has now hit 34 productions, including being produced in 14 different states of the USA!

Here's the full chart

Play Productions Last Month
1. 10,000 cigarettes 34 (1)
2. The First Fireworks 13 (3)
3. Saturday Night Newtown Sunday ... 11 (2)
4. The Gift of the Gun 10 (4)
=5. somewhere between the sky and sea 7 (18)
=5. Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud ...  7 (5)
=7. The Celine Dion Songbook  6 (=6)
=7. Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend ... 6 (-)
=9. The Actress Dilemma  4 (=6)
=9. Fate's Steady Hands 4 (=6)

The big movers on the list are somewhere between the sky and the sea and Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook.

Written just this year Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook has already racked up six productions in New York, Brighton, Edinburgh and Melbourne.

It's been produced at the 2nd Annual Salute UR Shorts New Play Festival by Rapscallion Theatre, in Brookyln, New York, USA; as part of Playspotting, Melborn 2008 by the Melbourne Writer's Theatre at the Carlton Courthouse in Melbourne, Australia; at Short + Sweet Singapore 2008; by White Room Theatre as part of Bite-Size at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK; and soon as part of Play Six at the Williamstown Little Theatre also in Melbourne, Australia.

somewhere between the sky and the sea has also been enjoying a good run with seven productions, all in 2008, in Los Angeles, Sydney, Malaysia, Singapore, Minnesota and Melbourne. Productions have included: as part of Bermuda Shorts at Theatre Limina in Minnesota, USA; as part of Fusion Theatre's The Seven in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Short + Sweet Sydney 2008; Short + Sweet Malaysia 2008; Short + Sweet Singapore 2008, as part of Carnival of the Damned ... Funny ! at Dante's in Fitzroy, Victoria and coming up as part of The Sixth Annual Ten Min. Play Festival at Fire Rose Productions in California, USA.

Pictured is the production at the Seymour Centre Downstairs in Sydney in January as part of Short + Sweet Sydney 2008, directed by Alexandra Byron and starring Helen Sutermeister (left) as Maddie, Maurizio Degliesposti (centre) as Ramon and Tabrett Bethell (right) as Stephanie.

These two plays have also been picking up their share of awards and nominations.

Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook (along with Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster), as part of White Room Theatre's "Bite-Size" won a Brighton Festival Angel Award 2008 for Artistic Excellence - Public Vote, were nominated for a Edinburgh Fringe First award 2008 and were shortlisted in the Top 5 for the Carol Tambor (New York) "Best of Edinburgh" Award.

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somewhere between the sky and sea  (pictured above) was also the overall winner of Short + Sweet Malaysia 2008 and the People's Choice winner of Short + Sweet Singapore 2008. Thanks to all the wonderful actors and directors who worked on both productions.

Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster has also been busy with news coming through that it will soon be published by Playscripts, Inc in the USA - my third play to be published in the US along with 10,000 cigarettes and Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore.

There has also been lots happening on the Film script front with the screen adaptation of The Jacaranda Tree being optioned by Blonde Productions in Sydney.

Melbourne director Rob Chuter is also planning to film a new, feature-length version of Clean Time and I've been working on a new draft of Fish with an Adelaide producer. Wish me luck with this trio.

Traicee Evison-Griffith, who directed the premiere production at Short but not so Sweet in Melbourne, is also making a short film of The People Upstairs in Melbourne with most of the cast from the stage version - Leon Durr as Alistair, Keith Brockett as Ken and Diana Nguygen as Swee Chin.

In terms of upcoming productions look out for:

an angel but in the dark - October 2008

As part of Brand Spanking New at the New Theatre, 542 King Street Newtown NSW 2042 from October 22nd to 25th. Directed by Paul Appleby.

The Kill - October - November 2008

At Dante's in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia as part of "Spring Carnivale" with Leon Durr and Peter D Flaherty.

The Jacaranda Tree - October - November 2008

Produced by Latrobe City theatre group at the Latrobe Performing Arts centre - Little Theatre, Traralgon. Directed by Ernie Rijs and starring Jill McCubbin, Dan Clancey and Steve Wiegerink.

Pick Ups - 20th-29th November, 2008

Presented by Behind The Curtain Theatre Company at The Bass Bar, Wagga Wagga. Crew: David Maloy, Jacci Marr, Kate Christy, Marita Macklin, Rohan Maloy and Shelly Foong Pay. Cast: Anna Pritchard, Ben Pritchard, Iain Wright, Jesse Dugan, Kylie Gilchrist and Savannah Ankers. For more info click here 

Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook - December 2008

As part of Play Six at the Williamstown Little Theatre also in Melbourne, Australia

The Curious Case of Rhymer McGuigan - December 2008

By Defector Art as part of Boxashorts 3 at the Cromwell Road Theatre, Melbourne

The Celine Dion Songbook - December 2008

As part of Short + Sweet Melbourne 2008 at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Half a person - My life as told by The Smiths - January - February 2009

La Mama presents a Fly-on-the-Wall production at the Carlton Courthouse in Melbourne from January 17th to February 7th, 2009, directed by Rob Chuter and starring David Forster. (Looking forward to this one!)

If you're over in the USA you can look out for somewhere between the sky and the sea at The Sixth Annual Ten Min. Play Festival at Fire Rose Productions in California, USA.

It's playing from October 23 - 26 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Thu. Fri. Sat. at 8 PM / Sun. at 2 PM).

And early next year in New York you can see The Gift of the Gun as part of Spring EATFest 2009 at the Emerging Artists Theatre, 464 W. 25th St. #4, New York, NY 10001-6501, from Feb 24th - Mar 5th, 2009.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the website. Hope you enjoy the plays, scripts, poems ... !

Bw,

Alex Broun

productions@alexbroun.com.au

 

February 2008

Hi all,

Great news on the production front. January 2008 saw me bring up the 100th production of one of my ten minute plays ! 

The clear leader is 10,000 cigarettes (pictured below)  on 21 productions, followed by Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore (11), The First Fireworks (9), The Gift of the Gun (9), Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster (6), The Actress Dilemma (4), The Celine Dion Songbook (4), Fate's Steady Hands (4), Southern Cross Swastika (3), Lonesome Cruiser (3), Donuts (2), Five Kings (2), Gone (2), Rumpole of the Sydenham Line (2), You (2), Beijing Big Mac (2) and Mozart and the end of time, Ice, A Difficult Birth, Yell (ow), Sardine, Un-Australian Day, blog, somewhere between the sky and the sea, The Choice, Gun Laws, Subverting the Will, Twenty Dollars, The Dead Sun, Tel Aviv Disco Bombing, Philip with one l, Photocopy Love, Qwendolyn's Gambit, Gina Goes Down and Armistice Day (all 1). 

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35 ten minute plays produced in all in 105 productions ! 65 more produced plays to go to reach my goal of 100 plays produced.

On 10,000 cigarettes, the play is enjoying an incredible run in the USA at the moment with no less than thirteen productions in 11 states over the last 12 months.

The play has enjoyed productions at Ansonia High School Drama Club in Ohio; Naked on Stage, Tremont Indoor Readers Theatre, Ohio; Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana; Big Rapids High School, Michigan; Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Edmund Memorial High School in Oklahoma; Mendocino College One-Act Play Festival in Ukiah, California; Canyon Springs High School, Moreno Valley, California; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; Tiospaya Topa School, LaPlante, South Dakota; Ashland High School, Wisconsin and Hernando High School, Brooksville, Florida.

Pictured above is the production from Rock Island High School in Illinois, directed by Ben Simkins (extreme left) with (from right to left) Grace Damewood, Mari Alvarado, Alyssa Clevenstine and Hannah Mattison.

The play has also had its first production in the Philippines at the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, Philippines.

The play is published in the USA by Heuer Publications. For more information go to www.hit-plays.com

Closer to home my 35th ten minute play to hit the stage somewhere between the sky and the sea, premieres at the Seymour Centre Downstairs in February as part of Sydney Short + Sweet 2008, directed by Alexandra Byron and starring Maurizio Degliespositi as Ramon, Tabrett Bethell as Stephanie and Helen Sutermeister as Maddie.

The play plays at the Seymour Centre Downstairs from Tuesday February 12th to Saturday February 16th at 8pm as part of Week 5 at the Seymour Centre Downstairs. If you're in Sydney and feel like getting along you can book tickets through the Seymour Centre on 02 9351 7940

Other plays to hit the stage recently include:

New productions of Beijing Big Mac and The First Fireworks at the Price Laboratory School in the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA, directed by Karla Koch; 

The premiere of blog as part of Hot from the oven : a la Carte at the Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, Ohio, USA, directed by Ann Hedger;

New productions of Fate's Steady Hands and The Actress' Dilemma as part of "Buffalo Quickies" at the Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, New York, USA, directed by one of my favourite directors, the wonderful Joyce Stilson who has now directed four of my ten minute plays. Thanks Joyce !

The premiere of Sardine as part of Eight 10s @ Eight at the Actor's Theatre, Santa Cruz, California, USA. A special thanks to director Brian Spenser and producer Clifford Henderson who worked so hard on the production that sounded tremendous, despite not being to the liking of the local theatre critic !

Another new production of The Actress' Dilemma as part of the American College Theatre Festival in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA, directed by a talented youngster by the name of Daniel Walstad.

On the writing front I have finished drafts of two new full length plays 10,000 beers (a male version of 10,000 cigarettes) and Gentle Kisses, Strong Embraces ( a play about something we are all very familiar with - spamming). Also three new ten minute plays The Kiss, The Kill and Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook (another of our current obsessions !) - so look out for these on the site soon.

One the film front I have finished a screenplay version of The Jacaranda Tree, that I have started sending around, and another screenplay that I am extremely excited about but can't say anything more about at this stage for reasons that may soon become apparent. Hopefully there will be some good news about it soon !

Thanks for your ongoing support of the website, which has been a big hit with over 25,000 hits in its first six months - so thanks for your patronage !

Hope you are all well !

Bw,

Alex Broun

December 2007

As usual it's been a very busy time.

In September Dad and I had eight of our ten minute plays - four plays each - performed in Sydney at the Newtown Theatre under the title of Love & WAR, presented by New Mercury Theatre.

Dad's plays were: The Club, Play up and Play the Game (both directed by Katie Gompertz), The Girl Next Door (directed by Lauren Pfitzner) and The Interview (directed by Suzanne Hauser).

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My plays were Yell(ow) (World Premiere), Ice (World Premiere) (both directed by Felicity Nicol), A Difficult Birth (World Premiere) (directed by Lauren Pfitzner), and Lonesome Cruiser (directed by Adam Gelin).

The cast included Kath Perry, Richard Mason, Gary Boulter, Marc Kay, Mary-Ann Halpin, Marina Margarita, Ben O'Donnell, Jules Walsh, Benjamin O'Donnell, Damien Blackshaw, Megan Hipwell , Stephanie Son, Leo Kim, Denby Weller, Ryan Paranthoiene, Orlena Steele-Prior and runner up Best Actor Short & Sweet 2007 Maurizio Degliesposti. Design was by Dani Gilbert and lighting Larry Kelly.

At the same theatre as the late show my one man Half a person - My life as told by The Smiths enjoyed its second season after a successful run in Adelaide at the FEAST Festival earlier this year.  The production was directed by Robert Chuter for Fly-on-the-Wall Theatre with the very talented David Forster as William. It played to good reviews and very good houses and seasons are now planned in 2008 in Melbourne and London !

In Melbourne, I enjoyed an excellent run during the Melbourne Fringe Festival with two ten minute plays and one full length play performed as part of the Festival. The full length play was Pick Ups which was presented at Cape Live in Fitzroy by Sodastream Productions, directed by Jamie Unicomb with Gina Morley, Christine Husband, Cameron Box and Austin Turner.

The ten minute plays were a new play Mozart and the End of Time (World Premiere) presented by Defector Art as part of Boxashorts 2 : The Edge of Sanity at the Cromwell Road Theatre. The production was directed by Frank Otis with Hannah Fox and Adrian Snodgrass.

The second was a production of 10,000 cigarettes presented by Melbourne Writer's Theatre as part of Melborn at the Carlton Courthouse. Directed by Alice Bishop with Marnie Gibson, Heather Lythe and Elizabeth Thomson. Yep - just three. A bit of a surprise, especially when I went along to the dress rehearsal. 

In all this year I have had 29 productions of 18 different ten minute plays in Australia, the UK, Europe, Singapore and the USA.

10,000 cigarettes has been having a great run of late with many productions in the USA, as well as an excellent production which reached the final of Singapore Short & Sweet, directed by Dean Lundquist (who won best director at the Festival) and starring Janet Goh, Elizabeth Tan, Gloria Tan and Serene Tan (pictured above), who as an ensemble were runner up as Best Actress.

The play has also been published in the USA by Heuer Publications. For more information go to www.hit-plays.com

10,000 cigarettes was also produced by Fleshpot Theatre at the Devonshire Arms in London and by the Drama Department at Flinder's University in Adelaide. Directed by Joh Hartog.

Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster has also had a number of recent productions. In Melbourne it was produced at Dante's in Fitzroy as part of 

Mini-Fiesta under the title "4 x 2" a long with Fate's Steady Hands, Lonesome Cruiser and the world premiere of Beijing Big Mac.

Speaking of Fate's Steady Hands it's also had a number of productions this year including at Short & Sweet Sydney 2007, directed by myself, and at Deloraine One Act Play Festival in Tasmania, produced by the Hobart Repertory Society.

Also presented in Deloraine was another ten minute play You, its second production.

Drew Barrymore and Sigmund Freud meet the Cookie Monster was also presented recently on the West End in London at the Jermyn St Theatre, produced by Bite-Size Theatre, a long with The Actress' Dilemma.

Another play to enjoy recent success is Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore that was presented in New York in December 2007 by Fn Productions at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, directed by Frank Blocker and starring Blocker and Stacie Theon.

The play is also published as part of Stage This TOO ! by Diesel ebooks. For more information click here

Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore was also staged by The BareStage Theatre in Red Bluff, California as part of Six 10s @ Eight New Plays Festival and at Williamstown Little Theatre in Melbourne as part of Play Six.

The film version of Saturday Night Newtown, Sunday Morning Enmore, directed by Christopher Johnson, produced by Luke Eve and More Sauce Productions, starring Octavia Barron Martin and Christopher Baker, just won BEST FILM at the 7th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival and the 12th Annual Canberra Short Film Festival. It won the Award for Best Film Under Ten Minutes at the 14th Annual Independents' Film Festival in Tampa, Florida USA and won a Special Jury Prize (out of over 1,200 entries) in the Action / Cut Short Film Competition based in Los Angeles. It has now been shown at 26 different film festivals across the globe.

A number of other ten minute plays were also produced in 2007: the world premieres of The Choice and Gun Laws as part of "Subversive" at Gasworks Theatre in Melbourne, presented by Defector Art; the world premiere of Subverting the Will as well as another production of Lonesome Cruiser, produced by Arkham Entertainment at Sandford House in Adelaide as part of the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival; Un-Australian Day, produced as part of "Art is a Weapon" at the New Theatre in Newtown, directed by Louise Fischer; and Donuts, which was presented as part of "Love at First Date" at Santucci's, directed by Brenda Fraser.

Coming up in early 2008 is the world premiere of Sardine as part of Eight 10s @ Eight at Actor's Theatre, Santa Cruz, California. As well as the world premiere of blog, my 34th ten minute play to be produced, as part of "Hot from the Oven: a la carte", the 12th Annual One Act Festival at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio. Directed by Ann Hedger. 

My 35th ten minute play to be produced, somewhere between the sky and the sea, will follow shortly after as part of Sydney Short & Sweet 2008, to be directed by Alex Byron.

On the full length front, The Jacaranda Tree, was read at the International Playwriting Festival 07 at the Warehouse Theatre in London in early December.

In terms of new works I'm currently flat out running Melbourne Short & Sweet but once that finishes on December 22 I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some writing - I have four ten minute plays I'd like to write, a second draft of two full length plays, a first draft of another, a first draft of a film script with Rob Chuter, a second draft of two other film scripts and finish the first draft of a one man show I'm working on with Chris Pender from Fly-on-the-wall Theatre, Communion in the Dark.

So lots of work to do. Looking forward to getting back to the computer.

Bw,

Alex Broun