Courting Mae West

The play "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship & Secrets" is based on true events during the 1920s when actress MAE WEST was arrested and jailed in New York City for trying to stage two gay plays on Broadway. Maybe she broke the law - - but the LAW couldn't break HER!

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Come Up & See Mae on August 17, 2006

Come Up & See Mae on August 17, 2006
Plans Are Afoot in Manhattan for this Annual "Roaring 20s Theme" Birthday Gala

- - - For Immediate Release - - -

(I-Newswire) - New York, NY: "Too much of a good thing," said Mae West, "can be wonderful." Yes, a spectacular Mae West Birthday Gala did take place in a former speakeasy on East 54th Street last year during August [2005] and the party was co-hosted by TV broadcast legend Joe Franklin.
• • But once is not enough. The organizers have already started planning for a second Gala, which will take place on Thursday evening 17 August 2006 in Manhattan.
• • Certain camera-ready elements from the first Gala will return:
• • • • a Roaring 20s theme;
• • • • a speakeasy setting in Manhattan;
• • • • strolling cigarette girls;
• • • • Mae West look-alikes;
• • • • Charleston dancing;
• • • • Prohibition Era entertainment;
• • • • lots of fun, food, prizes, and bathtub gin.
• • Last year's sponsors and participants included the Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz, Dewar's 12-year-old Scotch, Hendrick's Gin, Izze, Nat Sherman, Thompson Candy, Comfy Carbs, Gaslight Limousines, and others. In 2005, VIP guests took home lots of goodies such as a signed limited edition of Mae West commissioned from theatre artist Sam Norkin [valued at $500].
• • The annual Mae West Birthday Gala was inspired by the play "COURTING MAE WEST" -- based on true events during the 1920s when Broadway actress Mae West was arrested and jailed for obscenity. Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo wanted to find a way to make younger generations aware of Mae West and to benefit charities that Mae used to support, for example, the Actors Fund.
• • "Though Mae West was a very generous woman and left a third of her estate to the Actors Fund, this organization has never seen a penny," said Loschiavo. According to this writer, the August 17th birthday party is a way to carry out Mae's wishes - - while offering "too much of a good thing" to New Yorkers. Tickets will be available through PayPal.
• • Photographs on this web site - - - - show last August's Birthday Gala.
• • Sponsorship and media inquiries welcome.


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