Fable

One-Act comedy/drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

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...
One-Act comedy/drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

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 "Gypsy," the show her sister 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, haunted by the ghostly presence of her mother, Rose, and still battling to keep her own legacy alive.
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Fable

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  • Bruce Karp:
    10 Dec. 2019
    Wow, I've just finished reading this complex and original take on one of the best-known and most beloved musicals. I am so impressed at how Doug has been able to juggle the timing, the movement, the stage business, coming up with a beautiful, tasty salad of a story. It is highly believable, funny, and heartbreaking at the same time, and deserves a production.
  • Larry Rinkel:
    6 Dec. 2019
    This is such fun. It's rare I'll laugh out loud reading a script (actually rare I'll laugh at all), but Doug's rapid-fire, zany love letter to musical theater had me doing just that - with its spot-on caricatures of notables like Jerome Robbins and Ethel Merman, and its effortlessly virtuosic dramaturgy. What is truth? asks the play, and what is fable? So many balls being juggled as we don't know whose truth is being told and whose lies. A bit Rashomon-like, the play suggests that truth is largely a matter of one's perspective.
  • Marj O'Neill-Butler:
    10 Nov. 2019
    This play about the making of the musical Gypsy is imaginative and full of historical tidbits about the lives of "Baby" June, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman and others. It is cleverly written with flashbacks and and scenes of what might have taken place to get the show up and running. It was particularly interesting to me because a young girl in my dancing school played the original part of Rose and the backend of the cow. The piece easily moves between decades, all the while keeping the story flowing. Very clever piece.

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