Alan Douglas, 64, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024 after a 6 month battle with esophageal cancer. Alan was born on Friday, March 13, 1959 in Little Rock. Preceding him in death were his father, Robert Roy Douglas and his mother, Martha Leslie Douglas. Alan is survived by his brother, Bruce Douglas, and sisters, Leslie Douglas Bowler, Sharon Foster Douglas, and Mary Angela Douglas.
Alan attended Hall High school in the late 1970’s, where, under the tutelage of Judy Trice, he performed in school plays and discovered his love of theater! Alan graduated from New College in Florida in the early 1980’s, lived for a year in Boston, but otherwise spent his life in Little Rock.
Alan was known for his compassion and kindness, and as such worked for several years in the 80’s in a resource center for HIV and AIDS patients. One of his tasks was to deliver the results of the tests to people, which he did with love, care, and strength.
Alan was an avid reader! He also had encyclopedic knowledge of movies and theater. When asked who won the Oscar for best film any year of the awards he had the answer!
Along with Ralph Hyman, Kathy Hayden, and Lou Tobian, Alan was one of the founders of The Weekend Theater and a beloved member of the Little Rock theater community. The four wanted to create a theater in which plays of social significance could be performed without being censored, a place where the manner in which all the players treated each other was top priority. Alan was an incredible actor and director, perhaps remembered best for his portrayal of Jesus in TWT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar (2000), Leo Frank in TWT’s Parade (2003), and for his stellar performance in The Fever (2009), a one-person show, by Wallace Shawn. We believe he was involved in at least 200 productions at The Weekend Theater between the years of 1993 and 2016, the year in which he performed in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays – his final show before he experienced a series of strokes which left him unable to continue to do what he loved. We are so grateful to Alan and to all the founders of TWT for their legacy. Good show, Sir. Good show!
Memorial donations can be made at https://www.weekendtheater.org/support-twt/donate/
His memorial service will be held later this spring at the Weekend Theater. When the date is finalized, it will be publicized at www.weekendtheater.org and on the Weekend Theater Facebook page