Frazier in Cleveland State University's 1980 production of "Staircase."
Over the past weekend, the immensely talented Cleveland actor and singer David O. Frazier passed away after an extended illness. He was one of the people, along with his partner of 40 years (and husband of two years) Joe Garry, who were instrumental in saving our downtown theaters from demolition.
It was their brilliant 1973 production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris that pumped new life into Playhouse Square and convinced local movers and shakers to think of that area as something more than a location for parking lots. Joe directed David in that show, as he did in many other productions, and their long collaboration resulted in a string of theatrical triumphs.
The entire Cleveland theater community, and everyone else in this region, owes a debt of gratitude to David Frazier, a man who loved and devoured life with enormous passion. He was a cherished friend of mine, as well as many others, and he will be sorely missed.