Alex Austin is a Los Angeles playwright and novelist. His plays include The Amazing Brenda Strider, produced at Glaxa Theatre, Los Angeles, March-April 2000. Brenda was a Backstage West Critic’s Pick and won that year’s Maddy Award for Playwriting. It was produced at CoHo Theatre, Portland, October-November 2002. His play Mimosa was produced at Los Angeles Theater Center, March 2002. Mimosa was the featured play in Wordsmiths Playwrights Festival, presented by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Mimosa is published by Playscripts Inc. His newest play, Dupe, had a workshop production at the Second Stage Theatre as part of the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series and in July 2007 was featured in Ten Grand Production’s Cold Cuts Series in New York City. Dupe was produced in June/July 2008 at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. Austin’s one-act play Wet was performed at The Strawberry Festival in Los Angeles in November 2007. His fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Caffeine, Bachy, Beyond Baroque, UCLA’s Westwinds and Cal Arts Black Clock. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Perfume Factory, a coming-of-age novel set on the Jersey Shore, which was published in November 2005. The Red Album of Asbury Park, sequel to The Perfume Factory, was published by Virtual Bookworm in August 2008. Austin is a graduate of UCLA and has a Master’s degree in history from CSUN. Austin was born in Newark, New Jersey, spent his childhood in Edison and his teenage years in Union Beach/Keyport, where he graduated from Keyport High School. Austin later lived in Asbury Park, where he attended Monmouth College. Austin currently lives with his wife, Eileen, in West Hills, California.
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