Alan Poindexter
Alan Poindexter
Alan Poindexter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The city’s alternative newsweekly, Creative Loafing, and writer Perry Tannenbaum are paying special tribute to gay actor and director Alan Poindexter this week. Poindexter, 47, passed away on July 9.

In a feature article in their July 18 print edition, also posted online, Tannenbaum recounts his time with Poindexter and his memories of the actor’s exploits.

“An urban legend was born. If CL was synonymous with Charlotte counterculture in print, then Alan Poindexter was its personification in the performing arts,” Tannenbaum writes. “Make no mistake, Alan had a totally immersive concept of the theatrical experience, and to fulfill his vision, he relied on a trusted corps of actors and designers. … His impact was huge. So was his following, and the question among devoted Charlotte theatergoers wasn’t whether you’d seen the wunderkind’s latest, but what would he do next?”

Tannenbaum adds, “Before he was 29, before the coast-to-coast headlines as he reached the pinnacle of his acting career with his Charlotte Rep mainstage debut as Prior Walter in Angels in America, Alan was the first — and still the only — theater artist to win all of CL’s highest individual awards: Actor of the Year (1991), Director of the Year (1992, 1994) and Theaterperson of the Year (1993). Over the next 18 years, he would take Director of the Year honors (1996, 2007, 2009) and Theaterperson of the Year (1996, 2005, 2007) three more times.”

Read Creative Loafing‘s story online or pick up their latest print edition.

A celebration of Poindexter’s life is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m., at McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.