Douglas Carter Beane

FAIRYCAKES

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FAIRYCAKES

by Douglas Carter Beane

COMEDY, Full-length

What happens when those woodland fairies aren’t busy with the business of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Why, it seems they all have jobs in some of our favorite fairy tales and have very sad love lives—that is, until Puck finds the famous flower touched by Cupid’s arrow. It’s all about love and kindness and accepting change. And it’s funny.

Oh, and it rhymes.

Production notes:

Dramatis Personae:

Robin Goodfellow, known as Puck

Peaseblossom

Moth

Cobweb

Mustard Seed

Mermaid

Oberon

Dirk Dead-Eye

Titania

Elizabeth I

Geppetto

A Princess

Pinocchio

Cinderella

Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn

A Changeling

A Cricket

A Prince

Cupid, a God

(Easy doubling for flex casting)

Setting: A glen in the woods, tonight.

Run Time: About 110 minutes.

Songs by Lewis Flinn

Lyrics by “Big Bill” Shakespeare

Created at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.Developed at the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.World Premiere at The Greenwich House Theater, NYC.

Author

Douglas Carter Beane

Beane’s adaptation of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” ran on Broadway for two years and was also nominated for Tony’s for both Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical Revival. His musical stage version of the film “Xanadu” also ran on Broadway for two years and was nominated for a Tony for Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. It received the Drama Desk Award for best book of a musical and the Outer Critics Circle Best Musical award. Beane’s new book for the musical “Sister Act” ran on Broadway for two years and was nominated for the Tony for Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. It opens in London this summer. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical, “Lysistrata Jones” and received both the Drama Desk and Tony nomination for Best Book of a musical. He wrote the book to the stage adaptation of MGM’s “The Bandwagon” which was produced at Encores and the summer show for the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall. His libretto for “Die Fledermaus” debuted at the Metropolitan Opera.

He wrote the film, “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar” which starred Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Robin Williams and Stockard Channing.

Primarily a playwright Beane’s play “The Little Dog Laughed” opened on Broadway where it was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and starring Julie White. It then opened in the West End at the Garrick Theater where it starred Tamsin Grieg and Rupert Friend and Gemma Arterton and was nominated for the Olivier for Best New Play.

Beane’s play “The Nance” opened on Broadway starring Nathan Lane, where it received five Tony nominations and won three. It was filmed for PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” ...  [FULL BIO]

Feature

Douglas Carter Beane and NYC cast of FAIRYCAKES feature at The New Yorker:

Douglas Carter Beane’s Acid Wit in “Fairycakes”

October 8, 2021

The playwright Douglas Carter Beane, whose zinger-filled œuvre includes “The Little Dog Laughed” and the musical “Xanadu,” combines an acid wit with a gushy love of show biz. In his new play “Fairycakes,” which he directs Off Broadway, starting Oct. 14, at Greenwich House Theatre, Beane borrows from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as bits of “Cinderella” and “Pinocchio.” The cast of world-class hams includes... [READ the article at The New Yorker]