Brad Fraser

Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and cultural commentator. He is one of the most widely produced Canadian playwrights both in Canada and internationally. His plays typically feature a harsh yet comical view of contemporary life in Canada, including frank depictions of sexuality, drug use and violence.[1]

Fraser has also been known to tweet occasional criticism to various journalists, at least one of whom altered Fraser's Wikipedia entry to include an insult which has since been removed.[2]


012-13. 89-90 Unidentified Human Remains
Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love,
Produced by Workshop West Theatre
Directed by Brad Fraser
Designed by David Skelton.

Fraser first came to his prominence as a playwright with Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, an episodically structured play about a group of thirtysomethings trying to find their way through life in Edmonton, Alberta, while the city is haunted by a serial killer. It was a hit at the Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites '89. The play was named one of the 10 Best Plays of 1992 by Time Magazine.

While the New York production of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love attracted significant attention, Fraser has not directed his career toward New York. Indeed, his next script, Poor Super Man, had its premiere in Cincinnati, Ohio. Coming three years after the 1991 Robert Mapplethorpe controversy in Cincinnati, Poor Super Man inspired international headlines when the board of directors of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati temporarily canceled the production because of its anticipated obscenity.[3] After a public outcry, the production was reinstated. Poor Super Man opened without incident.

Fraser won London's Evening Standard Award for Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love in 1993. Porter Anderson, theater columnist for New York's Village Voice, conceded that Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love was "under-rated during its 1991 run at the Orpheum", and that the play "had a grunge sensuality that could seduce a young audience to live theatre" and a "slasher plot [that] ripped away at the exhausted cynicism of alienated Canadian youths".

Fraser also has written two films, Love and Human Remains based on his play Unidentified Human Remains... and Leaving Metropolis, both adaptations of his plays. He has also written for the television series Queer as Folk, was host of his own Toronto-based television talk show, Jawbreaker, and for a period of time wrote a biweekly column for the Canadian gay magazine fab. Keanu Reeves had his first acting role in the Toronto production of Fraser's play Wolfboy in the year 1985 at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, Ontario.

Plays and performances

  • Wolfboy (1981) - his first play that brought him initial attention in Edmonton; a musical adaptation came later
    • 1985 - Toronto stage production at Theatre Passe Muraille with Keanu Reeves
    • 1999 - First UK production by State of Unrest TC at the Finborough Theatre with Merryn Owen & Stephen Hudson
  • Chainsaw Love (1985) Edmonton Fringe Festival
  • Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (1989)
    • Calgary (1989) world premiere at the Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites 1989 festival
    • Edmonton (1990) Workshop West Theatre, directed by Brad Fraser
    • Toronto (1990)
    • Chicago (1991) Wisdom Bridge Theatre, directed by Derek Goldby
    • New York (1991) directed by Derek Goldby
    • New Theatre, Sydney (1994), directed by Stuart Katzen
    • London (2006), Warehouse Theatre (Croydon), directed by Dominic Leclerc
    • São Paulo (2008), Espaço dos Satyros, directed by Marco Antonio Pamio
    • Cincinnati (2010) Studio 307 Series, directed by Casey Snipes.
    • Edmonton (2010) Studio Theatre, directed by John Kirkpatrick
  • The Ugly Man (1990)
  • Poor Super Man (1994)
    • Cincinnati, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (1994)
    • Edmonton (1994) Workshop West Theatre and Theatre Network, directed by Fraser
    • Buffalo, Buffalo United Artists (1994)
    • Edinburgh (1994)
    • London, Hampstead Theatre (1994)
    • Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre (1995)
    • Toronto, Canadian Stage (1995)
    • Montreal, Théâtre de Quat'sous (1995)
    • Sydney Theatre Company (1995) directed by David Berthold.
    • New Theatre, Sydney (1999) directed by Stuart Katzen
    • São Paulo, Centro Cultural São Paulo (2000) directed by Sergio Ferrara (awarded best director by APCA - São Paulo Arts Critics Association - one of Brazil's main theatre prizes)
  • Martin Yesterday (1998)
  • Outrageous, (2000, musical with composer Joey Miller) Canadian Stage Company
  • Snake in Fridge (2001) Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, directed by Braham Murray
    • San Francisco, Actors' Theatre of San Francisco (2001) directed by Christian Phillips
  • Cold Meat Party (2003) Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, directed by Braham Murray,
    • Toronto, Factory theatre (2004) directed by Braham Murray,
  • True Love Lies (2009)
    • Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (2009)
    • Factory Theatre, Toronto (2009), directed by Fraser
  • 5 @ 50 (2011)
  • Kill Me Now (2014)
    • Park Theatre, London (2015) directed by Braham Murray

External links


  1. ^ Brad Fraser official website,; accessed October 22, 2014.
  2. ^ [1],; accessed May 13, 2018.
  3. ^ [2]
15th Genie Awards

The 15th Genie Awards were held in 1994.

1959 in Canada

Events from the year 1959 in Canada.

1995 Governor General's Awards

The 1995 Governor General's Literary Awards were presented by Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada on November 14 at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. Each winner received a cheque for $10,000 and a copy of their books specially bound by master bookbinder Pierre Ouvard.

2016 Governor General's Awards

The shortlisted nominees for the 2016 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit were announced on October 4, 2016, and the winners were announced on October 25.

Braham Murray

Braham Sydney Murray, OBE (12 February 1943 – 25 July 2018) was an English theatre director. In 1976, he was one of five founding Artistic Directors of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and the longest serving (he retired in 2012).

Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award was a Canadian literary award given to Canadian plays produced by any professional Canadian theatre company, and having performances in the Toronto area.The prize had a monetary value of $25,000, and was named for benefactor Floyd Chalmers, an editor and publisher.From the award's inception until 1980, one play was named the winner of the award, except for a tie in 1977. In 1980, the award began honouring multiple plays. That year, five winners were named. Since then, four plays normally won the award each year. In 1983, a youth theatre prize was added alongside the general theatre category.

The award was one of several arts awards created by the Chalmers family of Toronto. In 2001 the award was presented for the final time, and in 2002 the Chalmers family endowed an Ontario Arts Council fund for two arts grant programs.

Governor General's Award for English-language drama

The Governor General's Award for English-language drama honours excellence in Canadian English-language playwriting. The award was created in 1981 when the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry or drama was divided.

Because the award is presented for plays published in print, a play's eligibility for the award can sometimes be several years later than its eligibility for awards, such as the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play or the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, which are based on the theatrical staging. Titles which compile several works by the playwright into a single volume may also be nominated for or win the award.


Jawbreaker may refer to:

Gobstopper or jawbreaker, a hard candy with multiple layers

Jawbreaker (band), an American rock band

Jawbreakers (duo)

Jawbreaker (film), a 1999 American film starring Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, and Rose McGowan.

Jawbreaker (Transformers), several fictional characters in the Transformers universes

Jawbreaker (TV series), a Canadian talk show hosted by Brad Fraser

Jawbreaker (video game), a 1981 Pac-Man clone

Jawbreaker (Windows Mobile game), a 2003 video game

Jawbreaker: The Attack on bin Laden and al-Qaeda, a book by Gary Berntsen

"Jawbreaker", a song by The Dead Weather from Sea of Cowards

"Jawbreaker", a song by Judas Priest from Defenders of the Faith

Jawbreaker, a type of professional wrestling throw

Jawbreaker (TV series)

Jawbreaker is a Canadian English language television talk show hosted by Brad Fraser. The program features guests who discuss and debate varying topics and issues predominantly relating to the LGBT community. Jawbreaker premiered on October 11, 2002 at 10:00 p.m. EST on the Canadian specialty channel PrideVision TV, now called OUTtv.

Joe McKinney

Joseph Anthony "Joe" McKinney (born 12 May 1967) is an Irish stage, screen/television actor and voice-over artist.

Rathfarnham-born McKinney trained and worked as a hairdresser for four years, before joining fringe theatre. He trained at Inchicore VEC Dublin and worked on stage productions such as the Irish Premiere of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love by Brad Fraser and Saved by Edward Bond, both directed by Jimmy Fay, for Bedrock Productions in 1994. Other theatre productions include Joe Dowlings production of Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy (McKinney's first paid role), and Bouncers by John Godber, both 1995. Recent theatre includes Attic Improv's Spoonfed, Dublin Fringe 2005 and An Image for The Rose, which was nominated for Sexiest Fringe Show 2006.In 1994, after featuring in a couple of commercials, McKinney starred in the famous Guinness advert, Anticipation, in which he danced around a pint while waiting for it to settle. Following the success of the commercial, he spent two years touring Europe making personal appearances to promote the product.In 1997, McKinney moved to New York to pursue artistic representation and auditions. Moving back to Ireland, he also worked on such short films as Phone (1997), The Boogie Man (1999), Area 51 (2002), Easy Street (2003), A Dublin Story (2003), Past Pupil (2005), and Nuts (2007). Feature films include The Crooked Mile (2001), Starfish (2004), King Arthur (2004), and All Is by My Side (2013).

Television includes RTÉ One drama Glenroe, in which he played property developer Dan Reilly from 1998 to 2001. In 2008, McKinney took part in RTÉ Two observational documentary series Hollywood Trials.

McKinney's more recent work includes the IFTA-Nominated Anton (2008), Handheld (2009), and Good Arrows (2009). In 2010, McKinney took the role of businessman Alexander Moog in October Eleven Pictures' feature film A Christmas Carol, adapted for the screen and directed by Jason Figgis.In March 2009, Guinness announced that the Anticipation advert would be aired again as part of a "Classic Ads" campaign to mark the brewery's 250th anniversary. However, despite the popularity of the commercial, McKinney was excluded from the Arthur's Day celebrations which were held to mark the brewery's 250th anniversary.A Founding Member and Artistic Director of The Attic Studio, McKinney is a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a priest in the Order of Melchizedek, Melchizedek Priesthood, and a Minister of the Universal Life Church.

Leaving Metropolis

Leaving Metropolis is a 2002 Canadian drama film written, directed, and based on the play Poor Super Man by Brad Fraser, about a gay man and a married heterosexual man who fall in love. It was filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The film played the international gay and lesbian film festival circuit throughout 2002 and 2003.

Nik Sheehan

Nik Sheehan is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, who established an international reputation with No Sad Songs (1985), the first major documentary on AIDS. The film cited by world-renowned specialist Dr. Balfour Mount as "the best film on the planet this year".

In 1995, he produced and directed Symposium, inspired by Plato’s classic and featuring multiple views of gay love as performed by Canadian artists and writers including Brad Fraser, Stan Persky, Patricia Rozema, Tomson Highway, Daniel MacIvor and others. Premiering at the Montréal Film Festival, it was broadcast extensively by the CBC, and created national headlines.

God’s Fool (1997), shot in Morocco, tells the story of Scott Symons, a renegade writer of the Canadian establishment who had exiled himself to the seaside town of Essaouira. It premiered at the Toronto International Festival of Authors, where artistic director Greg Gatenby judged it "the best film biography of a writer I have ever seen". God’s Fool was broadcast nationally in prime time on Bravo TV. In 2002, the film opened "Freedom to Read Week" on the BookTelevision digital channel, where it remains in rotation. Following Symons' death in February 2009, Sheehan wrote and published an obituary in Xtra!Sheehan has worked as a literary critic, essayist, and biographer, publishing in Montage, POV, the National Post, Now, Toronto Life, Quill & Quire, Masthead and fab.


Outrageous! is a 1977 Canadian comedy film. Directed and written by Richard Benner, the film stars Craig Russell as Robin Turner, a female impersonator, and Hollis McLaren as Liza Conners, Turner's schizophrenic roommate. The film initially takes place in Toronto, Canada.

The film is based on "Making It", a short story by writer Margaret Gibson from her 1976 collection The Butterfly Ward; Russell and Gibson were roommates in real life.

Outrageous! was one of the first gay-themed films ever to receive widespread theatrical release in North America. The film inspired the sequel Too Outrageous! released in 1987.

A stage musical adaptation of the film was produced by Canadian Stage in 2000.

Playwrights Canada Press

Playwrights Canada Press is a Canadian publishing house founded in 1984 by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. It was incorporated in 2000 as an independent company.

Queer as Folk (U.S. TV series)

Queer as Folk is an American-Canadian serial drama television series that ran from December 3, 2000 to August 7, 2005. The series was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip Productions, Tony Jonas Productions, Temple Street Productions, and Showtime Networks, in association with Crowe Entertainment. It was developed and written by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were the showrunners, and also the executive producers along with Tony Jonas, former President of Warner Bros. Television.

Based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T Davies, Queer as Folk was the first hour-long drama on American television to portray the lives of homosexual men and women. Although it was set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, much of the series was actually shot in Toronto and employed various Canadian directors known for their independent film work (including Bruce McDonald, David Wellington, Kelly Makin, John Greyson, Jeremy Podeswa and Michael DeCarlo), as well as Australian director Russell Mulcahy, who directed the pilot episode. Additional writers in the later seasons included Michael MacLennan, Efrem Seeger, Brad Fraser, Del Shores, and Shawn Postoff.

Touchstone Theatre

Touchstone Theatre is a professional theatre company in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded in 1976 by a group of University of British Columbia theatre graduates. Touchstone's focus is on the development and production of Canadian works. Since 2016, the Artistic Director has been Roy Surette, who previously held the position in the 1990s. Former Artistic Directors are Ian Fenwick, Gordon McCall, John Cooper and Katrina Dunn, who served in that position from 1997 to 2016.

Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love

Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love is a 1989 stage play written by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser. Set in Edmonton, Alberta, the comedy-drama follows the lives of several sexually frustrated "thirty-somethings" who try to learn the meaning of love — during a time in which a serial killer is terrorizing the city. Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love was published in 2006 by Playwrights Canada Press as Love and Human Remains.


Wolfboy is a musical with music and lyrics by Leon Parris and book by Russell Labey, based on the play by Brad Fraser. Its story concerns two teenagers committed to an asylum: Bernie has tried to commit suicide and David believes he is a werewolf. The musical addresses psychiatric disorders, abuse, sexuality and loneliness. The original play was staged in Canada; a 1984 production is reported as Keanu Reeves' first stage role.

The musical premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2009, and had a 2010 off-West End staging at Trafalgar Studios, in London.

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