The Cabots of Broadway

Synopsis of The Cabots of Broadway by Greg Hatfield

The Cabots of Broadway is the story of an American theatrical family and how they became one of the foremost dynasties of the stage.

Cast Size: Eight Men, Six Women. Each act’s setting is either a bare stage or backstage dressing area. Minimal props and costuming.

Act One: San Francisco, 1924.
Act One...
Synopsis of The Cabots of Broadway by Greg Hatfield

The Cabots of Broadway is the story of an American theatrical family and how they became one of the foremost dynasties of the stage.

Cast Size: Eight Men, Six Women. Each act’s setting is either a bare stage or backstage dressing area. Minimal props and costuming.

Act One: San Francisco, 1924.
Act One starts with John and Katherine Cabot, who operate their own theatrical company in the early 1920’s. John is the lead actor, director and writer, while Katherine is the company’s manager. John wrote a play about Lincoln, the play became a success, and John and Katherine have traveled with the play all over the country and are expecting to bring it to Europe this spring. John and Katherine are visited by John’s sister, Tess, who stars in a popular movie serial, “Tess in Terror”, and John’s brother, Terrance, who is also in the movies as Cowboy Tennessee West. Their unplanned visit backstage during the play is viewed as suspicious when revealed the Cabots have another visitor who may just change their lives forever.

Act Two: Kansas City, Missouri, 1948.
Act Two highlights the three Fleming sisters, particularly the youngest, Virginia, in 1948. The sisters are traveling in a repertory company and Virginia has the lead in all the plays. Joining her is Charles Cabot, the son of John and Katherine. Virginia and Charles don’t see eye-to-eye on approaches to acting, but need to work it out quickly because the shows open in just a matter of days.

Act Three: New York City, 1978.
Act Three finds the three children of Charles and Virginia making plans to attend the funeral of the “World’s Greatest Shakespearean Actor”, Gregor Stalinski. John Charles Cabot, brother Monty, and sister Veronica have all made their mark in the theater, but it looks like the family dynasty is about to end with their reign.


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The Cabots of Broadway

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  • David Hansen:
    19 Apr. 2019
    Hatfield presents a compact historical fiction, an American theater dynasty. The Cabots suffer triumph and tragedy that spans the 20th Century, offers of fame and wider audiences (European tours, the allure of Hollywood, and later TV) elusive and sometimes fraught. It's a charming portrait of "the life" and the sacrifices folks made to live it. How could they not?