When Olivia loses control at her 50th birthday party, her four best friends decide to intervene once and for all, much to the irritation of Olivia and her lover, Norma. But is she the only one battling a demon? Or do each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? Five @ Fifty is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of turning 50 in contemporary society and of the friendships we can't live without.
Plays by Brad Fraser
When Joey enters puberty, his father Jake finds himself in a morally ambiguous position. Joey is severely disabled, but he still has the same sexual desires as any seventeen-year-old boy, only he can’t do anything to relieve the tension. Jake is a widower whose life is devoted to his son, but when he suddenly develops a serious medical condition, he becomes the one to rely on the people around him, including his sister Twyla, his friend Robyn, and Joey’s best friend Rowdy. As Jake’s condition worsens, an ethical dilemma troubles the household as everyone is forced to consider the possibility of saying goodbye.
Sparking a series of further revelations, the sudden reappearance of David exposes suppressed emotions and desires in everyone and the family must renegotiate their relationships with each other and, ultimately, redefine their family. In sharp, non-stop dialogue, Brad Fraser brings each of his characters to life with a depth, humour, and emotion that tears open the nuclear family and finds the heart that is often lost and forgotten.
© David Hawe
Brad Fraser won his first playwriting competition at the age of 17 and has since written numerous plays, including Cold Meat Party, Love and Human Remains, True Love Lies and Poor Super Man, among others. Brad is a five-time winner of the Alberta Culture Playwriting Competition, the London Evening Standard Award for Promising Playwright, London's Time Out Award for Best New Play and the LA Critics Award. In addition to his work as a playwright and director, Brad Fraser writes for print media, radio, film and television.