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Stephen Sewell

STEPHEN SEWELL

  (1953 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Literary Agent:    Currency Press, Australia  

Well-known for his film and Theatre work, including his AFI Award winning script of 'the Boys' as well as plays such as 'the Blind GiANT is Dancing', 'the Secret Death of Salvador Dali' (Best Show of the Adelaide Fringe, 2001) and 'myth Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scenes' (Playbox Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, June-July 2003; the Orange Tree Theatre, London 2004), Sewell is one of the most celebrated and experienced writers in AustraliA. Sewell chaired the Australian National Playwrights Centre for a number of years and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a two year Australian Council Literary Fellowship and the prestigious ANPC Award for SignificANT Contribution to Australian Theatre (2004) His first major musical piece, Three Furies - Scenes from the Life of Francis Bacon opened to enormous acclaim as one of the featured productions of the Sydney Arts Festival and continues to tour internationally. His play, Myth, Propaganda and Disaster was awarded both the 2004 Green Room Award, both the New South Wales and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Play, making it the most awarded play in Australian history. His subsequent two plays, 'It Just Stopped' and 'the Gates of Egypt' are now in production. AWARDS: Australian National Playwrights Award SignificANT Contribution to Australian Theatre (Lifetime Award, 2004). Australian Writers' Guild Award for Best Play (Myth, propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scenes, 2004). Victorian Premier's Award for Literature (Myth, propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scene, 2004). New South Wales Premier's Award for Literature (Myth, propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scene, 2004). Victorian Green Room Award for Best New Play, (Myth, propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scene 2004). Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival Award for Best Show (the Secret Death of Salvador Dali, 2003). New South Wales Film and Television Office Writers' Fellowship (1 YEAR). Australian Arts Council Literary Fellowship (2002-2004). Victorian Green Room Award for Best Production (Dreams In An Empty City, 1990). Victorian Green Room Award for Best New Australian Play, 1989 (Hate, 1989). Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Screenplay from an Adapted Source (the Boys, 1998). Film Critics Circle Award (the Boys, 1998). New South Wales Premier's Literary Award (the Blind GiANT Is Dancing, 1985). Australian Writers Guild Award (the Blind GiANT Is Dancing, 1985)

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        All Of Which Are American Dreams         Anger's Love         Blind Giant is Dancing, The         Boys, The         Burn Victim         Dreams in an Empty City         Dust         Father We Loved On a Beach By the Sea, The         Garden of Granddaughters, The         Gates of Egypt         Hate         Identity By Helen Demidenko         In the City Of Grand-Daughters         Isabelle Eberhardt         It Just Stopped         King Golgrutha         Miranda         Myth, Propaganda & Disaster In Nazi Germany & Contemporary America         Nathan the Wise         Secret Death Of Salvador Dali, The         Short Circuits         Sick Room, The         Sisters         Three Furies         Traitors         United States of Nothing, The         Welcome the Bright World         Why We Hate You



All Of Which Are American Dreams

Synopsis:
This large-scale collaborative work... takes as its central theme the corruption of America.... Its most powerful medium is metaphorical, expressed in an acting group that is freakish, violent ... frightened and frightening.

Notes:
written by Barry Dickins, Ben Ellis,Melissa Reeves, Robert Reid and Stephen Sewell

1st Produced:
Theatreworks, St Kilda, VIC    04 Jul 2003

Company:
Theatre in Decay

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piece

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Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Anger's Love

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Genre:
Political satire musical

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Blind Giant is Dancing, The

Blind Giant is Dancing, The
Sewell's passionate examination of the way political power can corrupt the individual and society at large is now published in a radically revised edition following its revival at Belvoir Street theatre in Sydney in 1995.

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1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1983

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1983   978-0868194929

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Boys, The

Synopsis:
Based on the controversial stage playby Gordon Graham, the Boys is an unflinching analysis of the violence that lurks in Australian society. Returning home from prison, Brett sets about re-establishing control over his wayward brothers as he searches for an act the three brothers can participate in jointly, and thereby violate norms.

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the play of theBoys is Also Available

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Currency Press, Sydney, 1998   -

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Genre:
Screenplay

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Burn Victim

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written with others

1st Produced:
Sydney    1983

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Dreams in an Empty City

Synopsis:
Examines the nature of human corruption against the background of international high finance

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1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1986

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1983   -

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Genre:
Urban Tragedy

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Male:  23            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Dust

Synopsis:
A man and his daughter, grappling with grief, guilt and a desire for a better world, search their dreams for one another in the debris of a broken civilisation

Notes:
part of trilogy the "Garden of Fartkhly Delights"

1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1993

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  11            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Father We Loved On a Beach By the Sea, The

Synopsis:
a powerfully felt study of an ordinary family caught up in the sudden depression of the late 1950s; and of the effects of that experience upon the children

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1st Produced:
Brisbane    1978

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1976   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Garden of Granddaughters, The

Synopsis:
Max, a world-renowned Australian conductor, returns unexpectedly to Melbourne with his wife Moriley for a family reunion. their three daughters are in various stages of decline, success and reproduction; their granddaughters are full of hope and dreams. Most of life's questions are evaded, avoided and ignored in this compassionate comedy.

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Gates of Egypt

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1st Produced:
Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney    2007

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Hate

Synopsis:
One of Australia's richest men and a political force of the far right believes in a leaner, harder Australia.

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1st Produced:
Sydney    1988

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Identity By Helen Demidenko

Synopsis:
an old fashioned revue on the theme of human identity

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1st Produced:
Junction Theatre, Adelaide    1996

Company:
Ace Productions

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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In the City Of Grand-Daughters

Synopsis:
Comparisons between the generations

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1st Produced:
Melbourne    1993

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Isabelle Eberhardt

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1st Produced:
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Genre:
Screenplay

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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It Just Stopped

It Just Stopped
This savage comedy of manners explores our relationship to art, globalisation, death, technology, America, Campari, cardboard boxes and slavery. Sewell's play is funny and shocking in turn. It holds the mirror up to the things we value today and asks the questions - what will we value the day the world just stops, and what would we be willing to trade for our own survival?

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1st Produced:
Merlyn Theatre, Southbank, VIC    05 Apr 2006

Company:
Malthouse Theatre Summer / Autumn Season 2006

1st Published:
Currency Press, Australia >>>, 2007   978-0868198170

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/68601; Theatre Record Vol XXXIV (2014) Page 0095

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King Golgrutha

Synopsis:
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part of trilogy the "Garden of Fartkhly Delights"

1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1991

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Miranda

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1st Produced:
Brisbane    1989

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Myth, Propaganda & Disaster In Nazi Germany & Contemporary America

Myth, Propaganda & Disaster In Nazi Germany & Contemporary America
This tough political thriller, based in the Liberal Arts department of New York University, is no play for the timid. But its violent language and extreme brutality, brilliantly choreographed, are essential elements for an enthralling study of a polarised world turned backto-front - a Kafka-esque nightmare of state terrorism condoned by liberty lovers in defence of the Land of the Free.

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Australia >>>, 2003   978-0868197050

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Genre:
Political Thriller

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Nathan the Wise

Synopsis:
It is the tale of a Jewish merchant in Muslim Jerusalem at the time of the Christian CrUSAdes-a tale which makes a remarkable plea for brotherhood. This timeless story of a world clinging to hope during an era of chaos poses the timeliest questions about tolerance and truth. In what is certain to become a holiday tradition, Nathan the Wise invites audiences to believe in reason and in the unlimited power of storytelling to bring good to the world.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

1st Produced:
Theatre 80, New York    2002

Company:
Pearl Theater Company

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Genre:
Translation

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Secret Death Of Salvador Dali, The

Synopsis:
14/888

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1st Produced:
Edinburgh Fringe    2002

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  musician

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Short Circuits

Synopsis:
Seven Australian playwrights' vision of the nation's largest city.

Notes:
written by Geoffrey Atherden, Beatrix Christian, Campion Decent, Bill Neidjie, Sam Sejavka, Stephen Sewell, Beth Yahp

1st Produced:
New South Wales, NSW    04 Jul 1994

Company:
Festival of Sydney

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/20644

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Sick Room, The

Sick Room, The
brings together three generations of a family under the one roof to care for a terminally ill teenager. As she faces impending death, the other family members find themselves confronting their own lives

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Malthouse Theatre

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    978-0868195855

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Sisters

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1st Produced:
Melbourne    1991

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Three Furies

Synopsis:
It's just before the Paris retrospective that would anoint the celebrated Anglo-Irish artist Francis Bacon as the greatest figurative painter of the twentieth century. On the eve of the exhibition Bacon's model, muse and lover, George Dyer, commits suicide. An exploration of the sexy, stormy and dangerous relationship between the couple, using Drama, dark poetry and satire.

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1st Produced:
Sydney Opera House    2005

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Genre:
Play with songs Play with Music

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Traitors

Synopsis:
Set in Russia in 1927 against the background of unrest at the dawn of Stalinism, Traitors charts the triumph of paranoia and betrayal over truth and innocence, as it simultaneously examines conflicts between the personal and the political.

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1st Produced:
Melbourne    1979

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1st Published:
Alternative Publishing Co-operative, Sydney, 1983   -

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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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United States of Nothing, The

Synopsis:
Part satire, part biting political critique, this Katrina-inspired play focuses on a small white family left behind in the rush to leave Louisiana ahead of a hurricane. Set in a Superdome, the play takes an irreverent look at an America knee deep in trouble as it tries to bring democracy to the Arabs when it can't even evacuate hospital patients from a storm. Playwright Sewell peels away layers from initial caricatures to reveal humanity beneath Chip and Jackie and their children, Randy and Ashley.

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1st Produced:
Stables Theatre, Sydney    2006

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Genre:
Play One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Welcome the Bright World

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Alternative Publishing Co-operative, Sydney,    -

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Why We Hate You

Synopsis:
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Originally performed As part of "All Of Which Are American Dreams"

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Company:
Theatre In Decay

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Genre:
Short play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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