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.
Currently an advisory board member for All Out Arts, and formerly Artistic Director for Westside Repertory Theater, Doug has had work produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Jersey, Connecticut, and London.
His work has been developed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at ESPA/Primary Stages in New York. His play Just A Rumor was an O’Neill Semi-Finalist; his play Phillie’s Trilogy was a Semi-Finalist for Barrington Stage Company’s Burman New Play Award, as well as winning Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Competition, and four Fresh Fruit Festival Awards of Distinction. He also wrote the books for children’s musicals based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and As You Like It, which were produced at New York’s Vital Children’s Theatre.
He has studied with Mark Bly, Gary Garrison, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Caleen Jennings at the Kennedy Center; with Robert Askins, Rogelio Martinez, Winter Miller, and Michael Walkup at ESPA/Primary Stages; Eric Webb at Davenport Theatrical, and with Kia Corthron, Karen Hartman, and Lyle Kessler. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
SCRIPT AND MATERIALS
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Contact Info: Doug.Devita@gmail.com
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