Alison Fraser is a nationally acclaimed performer who has appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The White House, Town Hall, The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, The Tisch Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Greater Trenton Symphony, 54 Below, The Emelin, Joe’s Pub and Symphony Space. She is a two-time Tony Award nominee for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance, and a Carbonell Award winner for Romance/Romance. She is the first ever recipient of Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of The Blonde in The Wilma’s film noir musical Gunmetal Blues under the direction of the late Jiri Zizka. She is a Bistro Award winner for her cabaret show Alison Fraser and Mary Testa:Together Again–The Songs of Rusty Magee, musically directed by Allison Leyton-Brown. Her recordings include her solo efforts A New York Romance and Men In My Life and The Secret Garden, Romance/Romance, Beehive, Standup Shakespeare featuring world renowned tenor Thomas Young, March of the Falsettos, In Trousers, Lizzie Borden, Prodigal, Rebecca Luker’s Leaving Home, Jeepers Creepers, Broadway Musicals of 1951, The Broadway Musicals: Cut-Outs, and Sweet Appreciation featuring Rusty Magee and Lewis Black. She can be heard on audiobooks by such authors as Chris Bohjalian, Eric Van Lustbader, Judith Krantz, Julie Garwood, Sandra Brown, Linda Lael Miller, Margaret Mitchell, R.L. Stine, and Jude Devereaux. She is featured in the hugely popular video games Grand Theft Auto IV and V. Broadway and Off Broadway original roles include those in The Secret Garden, Tartuffe:Born Again, Romance/Romance, March of the Falsettos, In Trousers, The Divine Sister, The School For Lies, Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams, A Charity Case, Love Therapy, Beehive, The Green Heart, Swingtime Canteen, A Charity Case, Love Therapy, Prodigal, and Todd Rundgren’s Up Against It In addition to these original roles, she has also appeared as Tessie Tura in Arthur Laurents’s acclaimed production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She had the great honor of originating the role of The Matron opposite Shirley Knight in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’s last play In Masks Outrageous and Austere and is extremely honored to be representing the great playwright’s work and musical sensibility in Tennessee Williams:Words and Music. www.alisonfraser.com
DK in front of Tennessee Williams house in Key West. Photo: Douglas Freeman
David Kaplan is curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has staged Williams’ plays worldwide: in 1993 he directed the Russian premiere of Suddenly Last Summer, in 2003 he staged The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in Cantonese at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater. In 2007 he staged two Williams’ world premieres: The Day on Which a Man Dies in Chicago, and The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View in Boston. In 2012 he directed and designed Ten Blocks on the Camino Real for performances in Rioplatanese Spanish at the marketplace of Paysandu, Uruguay. His Tennessee Suite, pairing two late Williams plays, The Chalky White Substance and The Traveling Companion, has been seen since 2006 from Dublin, Ireland to Sewanee Tennessee and Columbus, Mississippi, the playwright’s birthplace. Tennessee Williams: Words and Music was first presented in 2008 as part of the Provincetown’s 8th season, dedicated to Tennessee Williams and music.
David Kaplan is also the author of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown and the editor of Tenn at One Hundred, a comprehensive look at Williams’ evolving reputation.
Other musical adaptations by Kaplan include June Recital, setting Eudora Welty’s words to Beethoven and A Fire Was in My Head, Welty’s short story “Music from Spain” set to music by Mompou, Granados, Bach, Albeniz and the 1947 pop wonder “Open the Door, Richard!” The Welty adaptations have been performed, since 1980, around the world. www.davidkaplandirector.com
Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, and Musical Director based in NYC. Allison has written countless original scores for theatre, dance, opera & film productions across the U.S. and Canada. Recent NYC productions include scores to off-Broadway play Bleached Blonde Betty and new musical Desire Management Inc. (her fifth musical written with librettist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev). She is composer-in-residence for avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five scores including their recent multi-media production The Narrowing. Allison composes regularly for various Television programs including 20/20, The Good Wife, Primetime, What Would You Do?, and most recently for the new PBS children’s show Peg+Cat. Film credits include dramatic short The Bicycle (NY Film Fest), documentaries Rainy Season (PBS) and Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest).
Leyton-Brown teaches singers and pianists in her private studio, and works regularly as a Musical Director, band-leader and recording pianist. Most recently, she acted as Musical Director, arranger and pianist for Tennessee Williams: Words and Music, featuring Alison Fraser (New Orleans, NYC, Provincetown and Jackson, MS). Allison can be seen performing around NYC with bands The Great Apes and Smith & 9th Ward. www.allisonleytonbrown.com
Originally from Pascagoula, MS, three time Emmy Award winning composer/trombonist/ukulele player J. Walter Hawkes has been an active performer, composer, and arranger/orchestrator in New York City for almost two decades. He has played and/or recorded with some people you’ve possibly heard of, (Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, John Lithgow, Jon Hendricks) and many more you possibly haven’t. It’s also very possible that he’s totally freaked out your little kids with the music he’s composed as musical director for PBS’ “Peg + Cat” or as composer for “Wonder Pets,”(Nick) “Third & Bird,”(BBC & Disney Channel) “Blue’s Clues”(Nick) as well as other TV cartoony gems. www.blatboy.com