Alan Foster Friedman

Obituary in the Los Angeles Times: 1931 – 2015

Alan Foster Friedman, playwright, composer, lyricist, essayist, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in Los Angeles. He died at 84 after a brief illness in Burlington, VT.

His theatrical quest began as a young Stage Manager at the Circle Theatre; Pierre LaMure’s “Montmartre” was the production he most remembered. Alan left L.A. in his twenties to become a composer in NYC. Part of Tamiment’s amazing 1960 roster, he was signed by BMI and wrote cabaret revue numbers independently and with Dennis Marks (d.2006) for FALLOUT, Off-Broadway, Broadway’s “Talent 59 Show,” and Julius Monk’s UPSTAIRS AT THE DOWNSTAIRS and DOWNSTAIRS AT THE UPSTAIRS (including Monk’s LPs).

Alan Foster Friedman was…book writer for THE NEWCOMERS, a musical with Craig Carnelia that evolved into Friedman’s straight play, A DAY OUT OF TIME (Ellis Island 1906). Selected by TCG’s Plays in Process 1982 Season, it premiered at The New Federal Theatre in NYC, produced by Woodie King, Jr., directed by Harold Guskin; and in L.A. at The Colony Theatre…. The Detroit Repertory and Houston’s Main Street Theatre also produced the work.

THE LAST DANCEMAN about an ex-vaudevillian was also produced by Woodie King, Jr. at The New Federal Theatre in 1984, directed by John Pynchon Holms and reviewed by The Village Voice.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightDay Out of Time 1981-82 Season
PlaywrightLast Dance Man 1983-84 Season