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July 2014

2013 was a year of milestones for www.alexbroun.com

In a little over five years I am very happy to say I have reached my goal of 100 different ten-minute plays produced in over 1000 productions!

When I first set that goal back in 2008 it seemed like a pie-in-the-sky figure that I might achieve at some point in my lifetime. But just five years later I've reached that figure and exceeded it.

By July 1st, 2014, I have had 111 different ten minute plays produced in over 1300 productions! The magical 100th play to be produced was Spam Symphony which hit the stage in Los Angeles, California on June 15th, 2013 at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse as part of Mirror Theatre's, Til Tech Do Us Part (directed by Gera Mermann).

It's hard to pin-point exactly the 1000th production of one of my ten-minute plays but it was probably, and very appropriately, a production of my most popular play 10,000 cigarettes, which took the stage on April 13th, 2013 at the III. Gimmnazija in picturesque Split in Croatia, directed by Ivana Plockinic. It was the first production of my work in Croatia.

Another of my ten-minute plays also hit 100 productions during 2013 with The First Fireworks passing the century mark to join the other centurion, 10,000 cigarettes, which is fast approaching a double century! (Indeed it broke the 200 barrier in June 2014!)

It was also a year for milestones in terms of hits on the site. I passed the 15 million mark in total hits - that's right: 15 million! Pages visited also passed the 1.5 million mark.

All hit categories were well up on 2012 with all four benchmarks setting new records in 2013.

Unique visitors numbered 47,422 (up from 34,279 in 2012). They made a grand total of 60,017 visits (up from 43,662) to almost 400,000 pages (396,758, up from 302,376). That made up 4,336,688 total hits (up from 3,459,405).

It was another wonderful year for productions with a total 230 productions of my ten-minute plays, down a little from the record 242 in 2012.

Interestingly these productions were spread over 70 different plays, up on the 62 in 2012. I also had 5 productions of one act/full lengths plays (down from 8 in 2012) and 9 films made of my scripts (up from 7 in 2012). This was my second biggest year ever on film, only behind the 11 films made of my scripts in 2009.

Four more countries were also added to my list of countries that have produced my work (Croatia, Kuwait, Papua New Guinea and the Ukraine) to take the total number of countries where my work has been produced to 35. My biggest producer once again was the USA where I had 110 productions of my ten-minute plays. My plays have now been produced in 46 states of the US (and the District of Columbia) with the only States missing Hawaii, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - so if you are connected with a theatre, school or college in one of those four states, please consider producing one of my plays so I can complete the full set!

My most popular US state in 2013 was California with 12 productions of my plays.

Australia was my second highest country with 48 productions of 35 different plays and it included the state where my work is most popular on the globe - Queensland. The sunshine state produced 29 productions of 23 plays in 2013, with 5 of those productions in Mount Morgan. So thank you to Mount Morgan State High School!

My home state of NSW was second with 15 productions of 14 plays. My plays were also produced in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia in 2013.

India showcased 13 productions of my work in 2013 closely followed by Canada, England and the United Arab Emirates all on 12. Other countries to produce my plays in 2013 were Singapore (6 productions), New Zealand (3), South Africa (3), Portugal (2), Scotland (2), Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Kuwait, Papua New Guinea and Ukraine (all 1).

My most produced play for a seventh straight year was 10,000 cigarettes with 24 productions in 9 countries (and 12 US States). Though The First Fireworks is closing the gap with 21 productions in 4 countries (14 US States).

I was very pleased to see my anti-gun drama 50 guns hold on to third spot for the year with an impressive 13 productions in 3 countries and 7 US States. The theme of this play is very close to my heart and I'm very happy to see so many audiences being exposed to its (hopefully) powerful message. I was also delighted that one of those productions was at the prestigious Source Festival in Washington DC.

The perennial favourite The Kill was on fourth spot with 11 productions (up from 7 in 2012) and that was followed by a logjam of 5 plays of 7 productions: Ash, text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport, Traveller in the Dark, Twenty Dollars and The voice behind the fence.

Traveller in the dark is a tricky play for younger performers, so it was great to see companies in 5 different countries tackle the play, and it was the most productions in a calendar year ever for Twenty Dollars, another play for young performers, since it made its debut in 2005.

No play on the list pleased me more than The voice behind the fence, which was produced in four countries: Canada, England, India and the USA. The play is about a Muslim woman refugee in an Australian detention centre. The play throws the spotlight on refugees, one of the biggest issues in the world today, and also my country Australia's shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Hopefully the play can play a tiny role in garnering more compassion for refugees across the globe.

Rounding out the top ten were the consistent blog on six productions and Fate's Steady Hands, enjoying its biggest year since its debut in 2007, also with six productions. This was bad news for Diary of a Break-Up/Breakdown, becoming and Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook that all dropped off the most produced plays list from the previous year. My top 10 of ten-minute plays for 2013 is as follows:

No  Play 2013 Productions (2012)
1 10,000 cigarettes 24 (32)
2 The First Fireworks 21 (29)
3 50 Guns 13 (12)
4 The KILL 11 (7)
5= Ash 7 (10)
5= text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport 7 (12)
5= The voice behind the fence 7 (3)
5= Traveller in the dark 7 (3)
5= Twenty Dollars  7 (3)
10= blog 6 (11)
10= Fate's Steady Hands 6 (4)

This meant we also had a bit of movement in the all time productions table. 

There are two new entries with 50 guns zooming in to the list at equal seventh with 29 total productions, and text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport, coming in at No.9 with 24 productions, which is the newest play in the all time Top Ten, only making its debut in 2011. 

Two other strong performers in 2013 - blog and Fate's Steady Hands - sit just outside the al time Top Ten on 22 total productions.

This means there is no place for The Gift of the Gun (that drops out of the all time Top Ten for the first time I began compiling the chart in 2008) and Blood Reversal (that has been in the chart since 2011). 

As the old sayings go - it's tough at the top. If you snooze, you lose! 

Apart from that there is a little bit of movement with The Kill and Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook swapping places at third and fourth; Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore moving up one place to equal fifth and somewhere between the sky and the sea dropping down one spot to tenth. 

The full list is as below.

All time Top Ten list for ten-minute plays as at January 2014: (Plays Produced All Years)

No  Play Total Productions  Ranking Last Year
1 10,000 cigarettes 186  1 (-)
2 The First Fireworks 114  2 (-)
3 The KILL 46 4 (+1)
4 Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 41  3 (- 1)
5= The Actress' Dilemma 31 5 (-)
5= Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 31 6 (+1)
7= 50 Guns 50 NEW
7= Ash 29 7 (-)
9= text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport 24 NEW
10= somewhere between the sky and sea 23 9 (-1)

These are exciting times for www.alexbroun.com and it's thrilling to see so many productions of my ten-minute plays traversing the globe! 

In terms of my full-length plays, the works produced in 2013 were: Falling Stars at the University of Tasmania; The Letter H Girl at Umbrella Fair in Northampton, United Kingdom; blue gold at Falcon Radio Theatre, Pacific University in Seattle; The End of the World as we know it at New Ringgold in Pennsylvania; and Half a person - My life as told by The Smiths, which continued its UK tour with performances in Lincoln, Stroud and The Lowry, in the home of The Smiths, Manchester.

It was big year internationally for my scripts being filmed as well with scripts being filmed in four countries including one each in China and Germany. 

The script filmed in China was Rumpole of the Sydenham Line for the Shanghai Student Film Festival while in Frankfurt, Germany my script Busy was filmed by Medienprojektzenrum Frankfurt-Offenbach.

Other scripts filmed included: The First Fireworks and Diary of a Break Up/Break Down (both at Birmingham City University); Donut (University of California, Los Angeles); The Kill (two films, including one by David Langley Productions in the US); Currency Press (Art Institute of California, Orange County) and The Actress Dilemma was also made into an Animated Short in the USA.

In 2013 I was also honoured by being named as a finalist in the prestigious Citywrights Festival in Miami, Florida, hosted by the City Theatre, for 50 guns. 

10,000 cigarettes was also named Best Play at the Beenleigh Festival of One Act Plays in Queensland, Australia. Performed by Miranda's Dressing Room and directed by Sue Sewell.

January 2013

2012 was the biggest year yet for www.alexbroun.com

Over the year the website recorded a staggering 242 productions of 62 different ten-minute plays, 8 productions of one act/full lengths plays and 7 films made of my scripts.

This was up from the previous year where I had 163 productions of 52 plays, 9 productions of one act/full lengths and 3 scripts filmed. 

It took me ever closer to my goal of 100 different plays produced in 1000 productions. At the end of the year I had had 97 different ten-minute plays produced in 940 productions - just short of my goal.

This is an amazing result as the website has been in existence for just five years! I thought it would take me many more years to hit that target.

The number of countries my work was produced in also grew to 31 countries with seven new countries being added in 2012: Egypt, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UAE.

My number 1 nation was, as usual, the USA with 127 productions, followed by Australia (52), India (16), Canada, England (both 7) and Macedonia and the UAE (both 4). 

The UAE productions were at the American School of Dubai (ASD) where the brilliant director Phil Ridley has become a great supporter of my work. Productions at ASD are of an incredibly high standard, in this buoyant theatrical environment.

A definite personal highlight in 2012 was travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to see not one but two of my plays - 10,000 cigarettes presented by the incredible Nick Brice and Bite-Size Theatre and Half a person - My life as told by the Smiths presented by Cross Cut, in a great production directed by Donald Pulford and performed by the amazing Joe Murray. Go Joe! 

Ten-minute plays to premiere in 2012 were new plays Missing Katerina, Day trip to Agra, Ballerina Flowers, Five houses for Harriette,Commonplace, and the Olympics inspired play, Team BL.

While two neglected plays written many years ago, finally found their way on to stage: The Death of Caesar (written in 2002) and I Travel (written way back in 1984!).

My top ten-minute play for 2012 was again10,000 cigarettes, which recorded another 32 productions (in 6 countries and 20 US States) to take it to an impressive 162 productions in 17 countries! Wow! 

The runner-up, as always, was The First Fireworks which had its biggest ever year with 29 productions (in 9 countries and 14 US States) taking its total to 93 productions - as it nears the milestone of becoming my second play to reach the century of productions. 

I was delighted to see my powerful anti-gun play 50 guns come in equal third with 12 productions, as its anti-gun message resonated across four countries: Australia, India, England and of course, the USA.

The play had seven productions in the USA in Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. 

Tying in third spot with 12 productions (up from 5 in 2011) was text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport, (in 4 countries and 7 US states) its tech-themed exploration of how different generations deal with love, clearly striking a cord. 

A surprise in 5th place was blog, which had 11 productions (up from just 1 in 2011), which only goes to show the increasing frenzy in the 'blogosphere' where anybody can say anything - no matter the ramifications or implications. blog found a stage in five countries in 2012: Australia, Canada, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA. 

Another female two-hander, Ash, also had a big year, coming in 6th with 10 productions (up from 2 in 2011), followed by Diary of a Break-Up/Breakdown with 9 productions (4 in 2011). Obviously a lot of broken hearts around in 2012! 

The comedy-thriller The Kill had another good year with 7 productions (6 in 2011) and it tied in 8th spot with a surprise - the tough youth violence play, becoming, that enjoyed 7 productions, up from just 1 in 2011. becoming was produced in four countries: Australia, Portugal, Singapore and the USA.

Rounding out the top ten for 2011 was another consistent performer, Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook, with 6 productions (down from 7 in 2011). I'm not sure if the real Cate has ever read the play but I hope she enjoys the cheeky humour of this playful satire. (No offence intended Cate!) 

My top 10 of ten-minute plays for 2012 is as follows:
No  Play 2012 Productions (2011)
1 10,000 cigarettes 32 (25)
2 The First Fireworks 29 (17)
3= 50 Guns 12 (3)
3= text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport 12 (5)
5 blog 11 (1)
6 Ash 10 (2)
7 Diary of a Break-Up/Breakdown  9 (4)
8= The Kill 7 (6)
8= Becoming 7 (1)
10 Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 6 (7)

In terms of overall all-time productions this meant that the top four from last year are unchanged: 10,000 cigarettes, The First Fireworks, Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook and The Kill.

The Actress Dilemma, which had a quiet year with just 2 productions, drops down to 5th and Saturday Night New Town Sunday Morning Enmore (only 1 production in 2012) drops down two spots to 6th.

Ash is the only new entry, zooming up to 7th spot with 22 total productions, which surprises me as I don't think I ever got the dialogue right in this play, but it does have its admirers - and I'm very grateful for that! 

Blood Reversal climbs one spot to 8th while somewhere between the sky and the sea and The Gift of the Gun, both drop two spots to 9th and 10th respectively. 

The full list is below. 

Top 10 list of total productions for ten-minute plays as at January 2013: (Plays Produced All Years)

No  Play Total Productions  Ranking Last Year
1 10,000 cigarettes 161  1 (-)
2 The First Fireworks 93  2 (-)
3 Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 36 3 (-)
4 The Kill 34  4 (-)
5 The Actress' Dilemma 29 4 (-1)
6 Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 28 4 (-2)
7 Ash 22 NEW
8 Blood Reversal 20 9 (+1)
9 Somewhere between the sky and sea 20 7 (-2)
10 The Gift of the Gun 18 8 (-2)

In terms of full length plays in 2012 I had 9 productions of 6 plays in four countries: Australia, the USA, Scotland and my first ever productions in Macedonia. 

My most popular one-act/full length play for the year was The Letter H Girl, the tragic story of the only person to ever jump to their death from the famous "Hollywood" sign, Peg Entwistle. (It's a fascinating and very sad story. If you don't know it - check out the play!)

The Letter H Girl had three productions in the year, followed by an old favourite, Pick Ups (with 2), and one each for pfv (Potential for Violence),Hold 'em and a play for schools, Falling Stars.

The acclaimed Cross Cut production of Half a person - My life as told by the Smiths, directed by Donald Pulford and performed by Joe Murray, also enjoyed a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In terms of scripts filmed in 2012 I had 7 films made in four countries: France, Ireland, South Africa and the USA.

By far my biggest supporter was the brilliant young film-maker, Jason Figgis of October Eleven Pictures in Dublin, Ireland, who filmed four of my scripts in 2012: Saturday Night Malahide Sunday Morning Templeogue (a renamed Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore), Rumpole of the Sydenham Line, Yell (ow) and text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport.

The other scripts filmed were Pick Ups in Johannesburg, South Africa (directed by Sibusiso Mthiya; Currency Press at the Sorbonne in Paris (directed by Anne-Laure Barabé Martignac) and George Clooney and Brad Pitt get laid at Wexford in Pennsylvania, directed by Chelsea Hampton.

The hits were also again staggering for the year. Almost 35,000 unique visitors, visited the site in 2012 (34,279, up from 28,979 in 2011). They made 43,662 visits (up from 38,410) to 302,376 pages (up from 215,910). 

The total hits for the year were a mind-blowing 3,459,405 - that's almost 3.5 million, up from 2.25 million in 2011. 

This means since the site's inception in 2007 it has now had 141,882 unique visitors, making 182,677 visits to 1,126,754 pages for a grand total of 11,462,637 total hits. That's right - over 11 million hits on the site! Like I said, mind-blowing. 

In the awards stakes I was deeply honoured that my full length play 10,000 beers was nominated for an Australian Writer's Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Stage Play of 2011 and it was no shame to lose to Lachlan Philpott's stunning play, Silent Disco.

Also I was delighted that Anju Alva Naik won the Best Actress award at Short+Sweet Bangalore in 2012 for her performance in my play The voice behind the fence. 

I also was awarded Best Script at Short+Sweet Townsville 2012 for an angel but in the dark. 

January 2012

2011 was another amazing year for productions for www.alexbroun.com

In total I had 163 productions of 52 different plays, which was down from 197 productions of 57 plays in 2010 (which was a particularly good year). 

This took my total productions of ten-minute plays to 87 different plays produced in 693 productions.

So I am well on the way to my target of 100 different ten minute plays produced in 1000 productions, after the site has been in operation for just four years.

My top play once again was the unstoppable 10,000 cigarettes with another 25 productions, its anti-smoking message delivered by an all female cast hitting the stage in Australia, Canada, England, India, the USA and Wales.

First and second remained the same from 2010, with The First Fireworks notching up 17 productions to stay in second spot for productions in the year.

There was a surprise at third with the gross out celebrity satire A pubic hair by Johnny Depp wracking up an impressive eight productions for the year in Canada, the USA, India, Australia and Singapore. Shows the appeal of The Pirates of the Caribbean Star.

Another celebrity inspired comedy Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook, which brings celebrity face to face with another global phenomena - social media, held firm at fourth with seven productions, the same as in 2010.

Showing just how even the spread of productions are among plays the rest of the Top Ten in 2011 is taken up by six different plays who all tied in fifth, with appropriately five productions.

Two regular favourites, The Actress' Dilemma, inspired by Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare, and the dream thriller, The Killwere first of the six, along with another play holding solid for the second year running, the tale of a hopelessly frustrated playwright, Currency Press. Now who was the inspiration for that?

Two plays making their debuts in 2011 text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport and Exiting both finished the year with five productions while Death in the Salsa Class, written with the Short+Sweet Melbourne script development group back in 2009 also made the Top Ten with productions in the USA, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.

And if you want to know what exactly dies in the Salsa Class? Then read the play.

My Top Ten-list of ten minute plays produced in 2011 is as follows:

No  Play 2011 Productions 
1 10,000 cigarettes 25
2 The First Fireworks 17
3 A pubic hair by Johnny Depp 8
4 Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 7
5= The Kill 5
5= text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport 5
5= Exiting 5
5= Currency Press 5
5= Death in the Salsa Class 5
5= The Actress Dilemma 5

When the 2011 figures were factored in it was no surprise the all time production list is still topped by 10,000 cigarettes with a stunning 129 total productions, that's an average of around 20 a year since it had its world premiere at Short+Sweet Sydney in 2006.

Indeed the play has now been produced in 36 different states of the USA (including DC) while at least one of my plays have now been produced in 46 different US states (including DC) with the only hold outs now Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

So if you live in any of those states, my plays are itching for you to produce them!

Second in the all time production list is The First Fireworks, a position it has held every year since 2009. 

Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook sneaks up to third thanks to an excellent 2011 with 30 productions in total followed by regular performers The Kill and The Actress Dilemma and an old fave Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore (all with 27).

somewhere between the sky and the sea climbs two spots to 7th with 17 productions followed by The Gift of the Gun (16) and surprisingly (to me at least) Blood Reversal (15), which both drop down one place.

Rounding out the all time Top Ten is A pubic hair by Johnny Depp, scorching in to the list with 13 productions and one of my first ever plays The Celine Dion Songbook, still holding on (just) equal at No.10 with 13 productions.

Top 10 list of total productions for ten minute plays: (Plays Produced All Years) 

No  Play Total Productions  Ranking Last Year
1 10,000 cigarettes 129  1 (-)
2 The First Fireworks 65  2 (-)
3 Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook 30 5 (+2)
4= Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore 27 3 (-1)
4= The Kill 27 3 (-1)
4= The Actress' Dilemma 27 6 (+2)
7 Somewhere between the sky and the sea 17 9 (+2)
8  The Gift of the Gun 16 7 (-1)
9 Blood Reversal 15 8 (-1)
10= A pubic hair by Johnny Depp 13 NEW
10= The Celine Dion Songbook 13 10 (-)

In terms of global reach my ten minute plays have now been performed in 25 countries with the USA still my most receptive producer (a whopping 381 productions), followed by Australia (216), Canada (31), England (29), India (24), South Africa (17), Singapore (15), France (13), Scotland (6), Ireland (5), Malaysia (5), Macedonia (4), Romania (4), Estonia (3), New Zealand (3) and Chile, Hungary, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and Wales (all with 1).

In all ten 10 minute plays made their debut in 2011. These were:

Exiting, with five productions, the lift bound play about corporate down sizing proving popular with US colleges.

text messages hurt more when you're sitting at the airport, where Kane gets some transit lounge advice on love from "international bag lady" Doris, also got off to a strong start with five productions.

As did Diary of a Break Up/Break Down, the journal of recovery from a break up proving very popular with four productions, including a very fine production in Bangalore and Delhi, splitting the play between two actors, the talented Anita Mithra and Kartik Kumar.

A 2008 play, 27 Flavours of her kiss, finally hit the stage for the first time, with Liz Bernstein directing the world premiere at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida in March 2011. It went on to enjoy three productions in total for the year.

I was very happy to see two of my plays inspired by my recent travels in India find favour with producers. 

australia is a tree growing in a garden in Chennai, about two Australians arguing on a ferry on the way to Mumbai, enjoyed its world premiere atNorthern Kentucky University, in a production directed by Jimmy Fahringer with Andy Simpson as Ed and Matt Krieg as Lawrence. Obviously the issues raised in the play also rang true for a US audience.

My other Indian inspired play to debut was Together we are Anna, which I was asked to write by the Mumbai Mirror about anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. The play was published in the weekend edition of the Mumbai Mirror making it instantly the highest read Australian play ever in India as it went out to 100,000 readers.

The play then made its stage debut at the Indian Theatre Centre, Mumbai, designed and directed by PARAMESHwar K.R. in a "mixed language production" of English-Hindi-Tamil.

My all female version of Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, entitled Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Erskineville (Sydney siders will get the reference) also took its first bow in an excellent production at SideTrack Theatre in Marrickville, as part of the very worthwhileColourblind Project. The director was Tristan Kenyon with the talented and beautiful cast of Alice Keohavong and Catherine Davies.

I was also pleased to see my 2009 graffiti inspired play Sprayed have its world premiere Holyoke, Massachusetts, directed by Nathan Lovotti, and the hard to stage mountain climbing tragedy, Pushed, also found its way on to stage courtesy of The Lantern Theatre's Festival of New Writing in Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

And rounding out a year of premieres, my very silly satire on celebrity George Clooney and Brad Pitt get laid was brought to the stage by Adam Carlini at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Thanks especially to all these companies and predominantly young directors for talking a chance on new work.

In the award stakes I was very happy to be on hand to see somewhere between the sky and the sea win Short+Sweet Delhi thanks to an absolutely superb production directed by IshwarShunya (who also won best director) with 
AnkurSabharwal as Ramon (Best Actor), Eisha Chopra as Stephanie and Kriti Pant as Madeleine (tied for Best Actress). Eisha also served as dramaturg for the version used in the Festival. Thanks Eisha!

There have been some very fine productions of somewhere between the sky and the sea in the past, Dean Lundquist's production for Short+Sweet Malaysia with Paul Williams as Ramon springs to mind, but this was up there with the very best.

This was just part of a wonderful run for the play which saw it appear in three different Short+Sweet festivals in India (Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore) as well as Play Six in Melbourne. I was fortunate to see three out of four of those productions, just missing the Mumbai production.

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 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

 

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