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 heard all there is to know about the crime and it’s historic trial. Yet few know the story of Sharon’s mother, Doris Tate. Stricken by grief, she took asylum in her bedroom for years medicating herself into fevered hallucinations. Doris finds solace and counsel interacting with visions of Sharon, yet wrestles with perceptions of her killers: Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, and Tex Watson. Doris Tate eventually turns her grief into activism by getting involved with the passage of Prop. 8, and becomes the first Californian to make a Victim Impact Statement on behalf of her daughter. She devotes the rest of her life advocating and legislating for other crime victims and their families. Doris Tate is a dramatization of grief and grit that is long overdue.
This play calls for twelve actors.