I wrote the preface to my first play, Doris Tate. I’m very excited for the workshop next month at Robert Morris University 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 historic trial.
I love the true crime genre, but I wanted to write an “anti-Helter Skelter” piece. In the vast sea of books, movies, and plays drowning in facts about the tragedy, surely this story can be told without blood or stabbing. I yearned for a story that felt deeply personal written specifically for the stage.
Few people know the story of Sharon Tate’s mother, Doris. I fell in love with this spunky woman after viewing a handful of videos of her advocacy on YouTube. Unlike many retellings of the crime, my play Doris Tate is in no way meant to glorify the murders. My motivation for writing this play is to simply spin the story from another angle. Doris Tate’s story of grief and grit is long overdue.
For the record, this is a fictional dramatization that is framed within history. I have never met anyone from the Tate family or any of the families involved in the story. As the playwright, I would suggest anyone who chooses to produce this play make a donation to The Doris Tate Crime Victim’s Bureau (now called Crime Victims Action Alliance) or any other foundation that serves crime victims and their families.