Alison Garrigan

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Alison Garrigan
Born September 1958 (age 58–59)
Occupation Actor, Singer, Costume designer

Alison Garrigan aka Alison Hernan[1] (born September 1958) is an American actress, singer, and costume designer, the daughter of actors Jonathan and Jo Farwell. She is well known for playing both male and female roles.


She has performed in gothic/industrial bands as well and has a cabaret/nightclub act with Michael Seevers called Torch.[2] She is a self-described "goth-punk vampire bat".[3] She and co-writer/guitarist Dennis Yurich reformed their Goth/Steampunk band "Queue Up" in 2008.[1]

She appeared in David Hansen's I Hate This.[4]

She is married, mother of a grown up son, and is openly bisexual.[3][5]

She played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Cleveland Public Theatre's Christmas production of "The Rocky Horror Show" in 2006, having previously played the part of Janet.[6]

In January 2007 she starred in Ms. Adventures, 'a one-woman safari through the American gender jungle' by Michael Sepesy.[7] The show was revived in 2008.[8]

In December 2007 she appeared in the musical Pulp. Of her part it was said, "It's Alison Garrigan's Viviane, however, that dominates. The constantly employed Garrigan, whether in musical or straight parts, never fails to impress"[9] and "[Garrigan] slinks around in a gown (she's also the costume designer) in a way sure to excite folks of any sexual orientation.".[10] About her part in The Breakup Notebook: The Lesbian Musical in February 2008 it was said, "At the peak of comic perfection, Alison Garrigan etches out a nervous lesbian with bisexual pretensions".[11]




  • Zillah in Bright Room Called Day
  • Morgan le Fey in Discordia
  • Elaine in The Dying Gaul
  • Delilah Strict in Zombie Prom
  • Mazeppa in Gypsy
  • Miss Delilah Strict in Zombie Prom
  • The occult tattoo artist in Rinde Eckert's opera Highway Ulysses
  • Susan in The Secretaries
  • Hester Salomon in Equus[14]
  • Viviane in the musical Pulp[15]
  • Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd"

Directing credits[edit]

  • Antony and Cleopatra [16]
  • The Alice Seed (Cleveland Public Theater)
  • Kill Will (Cleveland Public Theater and Minnesota Fringe Festival)
  • And Then You Die (Cleveland Public Theater and New York Fringe Festival)
  • Othello (Bad Epitaph Theater Company)
  • The Vampyres (Cleveland Public Theater)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yurich Productions)


  1. ^ a b Queue Up (2008-09-22). "Alison Hernan goes Goth again". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ Cleveland Cabaret Project. (24 July 2007) "Performer's Biographies". Retrieved September 7, 2016. [dead link] Cached by Google. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ a b Northeast Ohio. "Interview Accessed 5 November 2006". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ I Hate This Play Website. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  5. ^ [1] accessed 10 January 2007
  6. ^ a b The Plain Dealer's Art Staff. (30 November 2006) It’s a ‘Time Warp’ weekend The Plain Dealer. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Big [BOX] returns to Cleveland Public Theatre - Cleveland Public Theatre - Cleveland, Ohio". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ Pavlish Group: Jason Maxwell / Don Pavlish (2008-04-12). "CPT Ms. Adventures". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  9. ^ [2][permanent dead link] retrieved December 27, 2007
  10. ^ [3] retrieved December 27, 2007
  11. ^ "Daughters Of Lesbos, Keith A. Joseph, The Cleveland Free Times, published & retrieved February 27th, 2008". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  12. ^ Jack, Carolyn. (19 July 2006) Fatal flaw in this ‘King Lear’ was staging it in the wrong place The Plain Dealer. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  13. ^ Howey, Christine. (19 July 2006) Family Feud Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Cleveland Scene. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  14. ^ Heller, Fran. ‘Equus’ treated to awesome production at Beck Cleveland Jewish News. Accessed 31 July 2007.
  15. ^ [4] retrieved December 27, 2007
  16. ^ Free Shakespeare in Cleveland Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.,

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