I wrote the preface to my first play, Doris Tate. I’m very excited for the workshop next month at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.
A Note From the Playwright:
August 9, 2019 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Manson murder spree that claimed the lives of seven, including actress Sharon Tate and her unborn baby. One would assume that the world has already absorbed everything possible about the crime and it’s lengthy historic trial.
I love the true crime genre, but I wanted to write an “anti-Helter Skelter” piece of my own. In the vast sea of books, movies, and plays drowning in facts about the tragedy, surely someone can tell this story through a lens without blood or stabbing? I yearned for a story that felt deeply personal written specifically for the stage.
Few people seem to know the story of Sharon’s mother, Doris Tate. I fell in love with this woman after viewing a handful of videos of her advocacy on YouTube. My play “Doris Tate” is in no way meant to glorify the murders. My motivation for writing this play is to simply share the story of Doris. Her story of grief and grit is long overdue.
For the record, this dramatization is a work of fiction that contains some historic facts. I have never met anyone from the Tate family or any of the families involved in the story. And I would suggest anyone who chooses to produce this play make a donation to The Doris Tate Crime Victim’s Bureau or any other foundation that serves crime victims and their families.
We have all heard the story of the Manson murders on August 9 and 10, 1969. Actress Sharon Tate was one of seven victims. For years, I researched the case and thought someone should tell the story of Sharon’s mother, Doris Tate. She turned her grief into activism and become one of America’s biggest crime victim advocates.
After the election, I decided it was time to finally write a play about Doris.
After 9 drafts, my first play needs some voices. DORIS TATE will be workshopped and get her first public reading on March 14 by the theatre department at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. I am so excited to explore this work and see the story of this wonderful woman onstage.
My 3 short stories CORNSTALKS, THE VEST, and THE SISSY TEST have been licensed to Great Jones Street and I got paid! They’ll appear in the publication soon. Plus, I got a bonus tee shirt. Woo hoo!
This was a great week. Two of my short stories, both about gay bars, were published one right after the other. The first is called “The Vest” and appears in The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society. The second one is called “Vote” and was inspired by a gay bar I went to years ago where the staff was dressed as Nazi skinheads and wore fake Hitler mustaches (I quickly left). The story appears in Mad Swirl.
“The Vest” at The Rain, Party, Disaster Society
“Vote” at Mad Swirl
I did over one hundred performances of Peter Pan. The play is a recipe for backstage drama. Queen Mob’s Teahouse published another installment of “30 Years a Dresser”.
Just confirmed another FLIT event at Auntie’s Books in Spokane, WA. I’ll be there mashing up new poems and reading from the book. I’ve never been to Spokane and I’m very excited.
Reading from FLIT
I have done many of Shakespeare’s plays. The most unusual was a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost that was set in 1960’s Kennedy era. Another essay in “30 Years a Dresser” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse.
Love’s Labour’s Stain
Queen Mob’s Teahouse published my latest essay in the “30 Years a Dresser” series. Check it out!
Theatre While Intoxicated
Years ago, I did a wonderful production of The Little Foxes. Another installment of “30 Years a Dresser” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse.
Lillian Hellman and Jenny Craig
Queen Mob’s Teahouse just published a new essay of mine. When I was 15, I played Ito, the Asian houseboy, in the musical MAME. Years later, I dressed the actor who played Ito on Broadway with Angela Lansbury.