Brad Fraser is a Canadian playwright and cultural commentator. He is one of the most produced Canadian playwrights both in Canada and internationally, his plays feature a harsh yet comical view of contemporary life in Canada, including frank depictions of sexuality, drug use and violence. Fraser's most noted early play was Wolf Boy. Fraser first came to national and international 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, while the city is haunted by a serial killer. Written while Fraser was playwright in residence with Alberta Theatre Projects, it was a hit at ATP's playRites'89, became his national and international breakthrough. 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.
After a public outcry, the production was reinstated. Poor Super Man opened without incident. Fraser has written two films and Human Remains and Leaving Metropolis, which were both adaptations of his plays, he has written for the television series Queer as Folk. His most recent play, Kill Me Now, premiered in 2014. Fraser won the Alberta Culture award for best full-length play in 1989, for Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, he is a two-time winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, in 1991 for Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and in 1996 for Poor Super Man, he won the Genie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 15th Genie Awards for Love and Human Remains. Fraser won London's Evening Standard Award for Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love in 1993, he is a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language drama, receiving nods at the 1995 Governor General's Awards for Poor Super Man and at the 2016 Governor General's Awards for Kill Me Now.
Fraser is gay, his plays focus on LGBTQ storylines. In 2003 he became the executive story editor on Showtime's Queer As Folk. Wolfboy - 1981 Mutants - 1981 Rude Noises - 1982 Chainsaw Love - 1985 Young Art - 1987 Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love - 1989 Return of the Bride - 1989 The Ugly Man - 1990 Prom Night of the Living Dead - 1991, with Darrin Hagen Poor Super Man - 1994 Martin Yesterday - 1997 Outrageous - 2000, musical with composer Joey Miller Snake in Fridge - 2000 Cold Meat Party - 2003 True Love Lies - 2009 5 @ 50 - 2011 Kill Me Now - 2014 Official website
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