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Of Legends and Lovers; Doc and Kate

The first act was written by Terry Earp, she collaborated with Karen-Holliday Tanner who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book; Doc Holliday - "A Family Portrait" Which the play is primarily, based on. Therefore, what you will hear in this play is truly the real story.
Act One of the story of the West's most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. The setting is in a Denver Colorado jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earp's have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. He is angry with the jailor, who is ignoring his needs. You the audience are the other prisoners.
Through out the play you will hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it 'from one who heals to one who keals' (Kills).

The second act, also written by Terry Earp, is set in a cemetery in Dos Cabezas, Arizona in 1930, Doc Holliday's woman; Mary Katherine Haroney Cummings (Big Nose Kate) reveals her true identity to the ghost of John J. Howard, the man with whom she has shared the last years of her life with as Mary Cummings. Kate completes the story of the turbulent lives of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, disclosing things they would or could never say about themselves. Kate also speaks about the circumstances that plunged her life from that of a lady with an upper-class background into a life of Prostitution and how she survived.

Most of the material used in the second act this play is from an article written by Dr. A. W. Bork and Glenn G. Boyer. Dr. Bork interviewed Kate in 1935 while she was living at the Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott Arizona. Additional material came from an autobiographical letter from Kate to her niece Lillian. Mary Katherine Haroney Cummings died on November 2, 1940 and buried under the name of Mary K. Cummings in the Prescott, Arizona Pioneer Cemetery.

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About Terry Earp
Terry Tafoya Earp is a Playwright/Producer/Actress who began her writing career in 1988 and has since written 38 plays and 2 documentaries, many of which have received both local and national recognition. In 1996 she wrote her first historical-based play "Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier" which won AriZoni award and has been performed 722 time throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The plays that Terry has written, and both Wyatt and Terry star in are, historical-based plays and are a part of the Tombstone Saga.
Since Terry’s accident she had 3 new plays published and produced and one documentary. Her play "Steve and Stevey” was turned in to a musical. Her latest endeavor is the documentary film "Before and After Quadriplegia”. It is centered on six Quadriplegics and how they have successfully reinvented themselves. The premier was scheduled for the fall of 2014, at the "Spinal Injury Association” "Empower Center in Phoenix, AZ."…
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