Who has the right to tell your story? Especially when it's the same story told from the differing memories of two legendary show business siblings? And one sister's version is about to become a big, Broadway musical that is also destined to become legendary? Actress June Havoc was famously ambivalent about the musical Gypsy, which her sister, burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, referred to as her legacy. In Fable, which is itself a fable about the creation of that musical fable, the sisters' loyalty to each other is tested in a mounting battle that takes place in rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, onstage, backstage, and all in the memory of the aging Ms. Havoc as she faces her imminent death, still battling with fiction and truth to keep her own legacy alive.
A TOP TEN play on Tony Award Winning Producer Ken Davenport's
"Broadway Producer Pick List 2019."
“I think it is absolutely brilliant. It was fascinating to me because of course I was a part of it, but it was the appeal that Gypsy has that [Doug] capitalized on and brought forth in a very delicious way.”
– Lane Bradbury | Dainty June in Gypsy, 1959
"DeVita cleverly plays with time, and the play often feels as if you are stepping into a surreal landscape of a long, theatrical memory. This play asks a bittersweet question: Will it ultimately matter HOW we're remembered, since most aren't remembered at all? This question gives the play depth and poignancy."
– Dave Osmundsen | Playwright | New Play Exchange
Developed at ESPA/Primary Stages (Rogelio Martinez), in readings at Davenport Playwrights Workshop (with Eric Webb), and in workshops with playwright Karen Hartman.
COMEDY / DRAMA
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes, no intermission
CAST: 4W, 2M, 1 child, w/doubling. Inclusive Casting possible.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS / CAN BE PERFORMED ON A UNIT SET
PERIOD AND CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES
NOTE: This script is a work-in-progress; I'm interested in any and all development opportunities. Download a script from THE NEW PLAY EXCHANGE
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