Fable

Listed on Ken Davenport's "Producer's Pick List" as one of the top ten plays of 2019.

One-Act comedy/drama. Development at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez), Davenport Playwrights Workshop (with Eric Webb), and in workshops with playwright Karen Hartman.

“I think it is absolutely brilliant. It was fascinating to me because of course I was a part of it...
Listed on Ken Davenport's "Producer's Pick List" as one of the top ten plays of 2019.

One-Act comedy/drama. Development at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez), Davenport Playwrights Workshop (with Eric Webb), and in workshops with playwright Karen Hartman.

“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

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? June Havoc was famously ambivalent about the show Gypsy, which her sister, the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, referred to as her legacy. And 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 in order to keep her own legacy alive.
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  • D. Lee Miller:
    19 May. 2020
    A look at what ultimately became the musical, Gypsy, through the eyes of June. We can see how a fable was created from truth via a fable! Fable ponders if the truth really matters. There are different responses to this question. A huge Gypsy fan, this resonated with me a lot. The carousel of sniping between mother, daughters and creators is the motor of the story. This would be a great companion to Gypsy or certainly an enlightening piece to accompany a biographical musical writing seminar. Mr. De Vita's knowledge of show biz brings this story to an entertaining life.
  • Kenneth N. Kurtz:
    30 Apr. 2020
    A haunted vaudevillian exploration of the true stories that were swiped, swirled and snipped into the musical Gypsy. Mr. DeVita is a master of style. Now I wish he'd direct his attention to Hamilton, which could equally benefit from revelations of truth.
  • Arianna Rose:
    4 Apr. 2020
    FABLE is astounding in its artistry. I kept reading it, exclaiming "You can DO THAT in a play??!!" I was so sad to have it end. A longtime GYPSY fan, starting with when I played Dainty June myself in our high school production in NJ, I loved this tale of how the musical came about from June's perspective, and the price we pay with our private lives when we are public figures. Complicated mother-daughters dynamics and incisive portraits of Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents make for a compelling, totally human story that is riveting from first page to last.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Davenport Theatrical / Playwrighting Workshop with Eric Webb
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    2019
  • Workshop
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    ESPA / Primary Stages Class with Rogelio Martinez
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    2017
  • Workshop
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    Writers Workshop with Karen Hartman
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    2014