Brad Fraser

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Brad Fraser

Brad Fraser (born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 28, 1959.)[1] is a Canadian playwright, director, screenwriter, producer and talk show host. He is among the most widely produced Canadian playwrights both on the national and international level, known for plays such as Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (1989) and Poor Super Man (1995), and shows such as Queer as Folk (2000)[1].

Biography

Brad Fraser was the oldest of his four siblings. Born to working-class parents who never finished high-school and led a nomadic lifestyle, he led a difficult childhood peppered by beatings from his father and sexual abuse.[2] Constantly on the move - never living in the same town for more than a year until the age of 16 - television and comic books became the closest thing to his home, and he would draw some inspiration from these sources in his works later in life.

Fraser developed a passion for writing stories as a child. During his high school education in Edmonton, he trained as a graphic artist, and joined a drama program with the intent to become an actor. What drove him to writing was his reading of plays which were considered "fit for teenagers".[2] Brad Fraser's first script, Two Pariah at a Bus Stop in a Large City Late at Night, earned him the first prize in an Albertan play-writing competition at the age of 17. He then mounted Mutants three years later, his first professional production, in Edmonton's Walterdale Playhouse. The script about teens rebelling against abuse was considered problematic due to its sexual content, strong language and drug use, and Walterdale's board ultimately voted against canceling the play at the last minute.[2]

However, it was Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love - which premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects playRites festival in 1989 - that put him on the proverbial international map. The show has since been produced worldwide and was translated into several languages. More of his plays, namely Poor Super Man (1994) and Martin Yesterday (1997), have reached international audiences and enjoyed similar reactions. [3]

His career has since transcended the stage, and Brad has had his hands on television. Hired as a writer on Queer as Folk, he soon became story-editor and eventually supervising-producer. He has also made frequent guest appearances on various shows and hosted Jawbreakers, his own gay-themed chat show which lasted two seasons.[4]

Like many in theatre and television, Brad always had an interest in making films.[5] His first film was "Love and Human Remains". It was directed by Denys Arcand. His second film was a feature length improvisational video which he created along with Daniel MacIvor in 1995 on Gay Pride Day. Parade has played at a number of gay and Lesbian film festivals around the world. His most recent film, "Leaving Metropolis" - an adaptation of the play "Poor Super Man" - he directed himself. It won the Audience Favourite Award at Sydney, Australia's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

At present, Brad Fraser continues on his agenda to humanize homosexuality for a mass audience, direct his own movies, and make "serious money" all while refusing to give up on writing plays. [6]

Works

Plays

  • Mutants (Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton, 1981)
  • Wolfboy (Twenty-fifth Street Theatre, Saskatoon, 1982)
  • Rude Noises (For a Blank Generation, A pseudo-collective with Paul Thompson and Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, 1982)
  • Chainsaw Love (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 1985)
  • Young Art (Theatre Passe Muraille, 1986)
  • Return of the Bride (Edmonton Fringe Festival, 1989)
  • The Ugly Man (Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, 1990)
  • Prom Night of the Living Dead - a musical with Darrin Hagen (The Citadel Teen Festival of the Arts, Edmonton, 1991)
  • Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (ATP's PlayRites festival, 1989)
  • Poor Super Man (Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati, 1994)
  • Martin Yesterday (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 1997)
  • Snake in Fridge (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2000)
  • Cold Meat Party (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2003)
  • True Love Lies (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver, 2010)
  • Kill Me Now (Cross Street Theater Center, Hudson Ny, 2013)

Television

  • Queer as Folk (2002-2005; CBS)
  • Jawbreaker (2002-2003; PrideVision TV)

Films

  • Love and Human Remains (1993)
  • Leaving Metropolis (2002)

Awards

Won

  • Alberta Playwriting Competition (With Love from Your Son,1979)[7]
  • Alberta Playwriting Competition (Unidentified Human Remains, 1989)
  • Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award (Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, 1991)
  • The Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright (Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, 1993)
  • Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award (Poor Superman (1996)

Nominated

Quotes

"My whole career has been about standing up to people who want to censor me, and that started really early. If I didn't have the childhood and youth that I had, which was fairly combative, I don't think I would have been prepared to go in and fight those battles in the way I did.[8] - Brad Fraser

"What I've dealt with throughout my career is not a reluctance from the audience to embrace the work, but a reluctance from artistic directors who are speaking on behalf of their audiences. Quite often what's happening is that they are projecting their own discomfort into the audience.[8]" - Brad Fraser

"If you talk to some people, they will tell you that I'm practically the father of the in-yer-face movement. I don't believe that. I didn't invent nudity, I didn't invent violence and I didn't invent theatrical imagery that disturbs as much as it pleases.[8]" - Brad Fraser

"Before scripting Beauty, I said, 'You want me to write a film about the art world, the fashion industry and the movie world, and you don't want any homosexual characters in it?' And they said, 'Oh no, have gay characters - whatever you like,' and I did.[2]" - Brad Fraser on working with Disney

"...I'm really tired of preaching to the converted. I could write for a great many publications where they'd agree with everything I say. But I really want to write for the people who don't agree with everything I say.[9]" - Brad Fraser on contributing to The National Post

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0292081/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/brad-fraser-profile/
  3. http://www.bradfraser.net/#plays
  4. http://www.bradfraser.net/#tv
  5. http://www.bradfraser.net/#film
  6. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/brad-fraser-profile/
  7. http://litawards.library.mun.ca/index.php?award=1011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0292081/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  9. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Fraser%2C%20Brad

Name:Brad Fraser
Location:Edmonton, Alberta
Category:Artists
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