• • Native New Yorker LindaAnn Loschiavo is a journalist and dramatist caught in the spell of a courthouse with Verdi-worthy villains rising up against an actress who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong. True events that took place during the Prohibition Era in Jefferson Market's judicial chambers inspired an engaging work, Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets. The storyline uses specifics of Mae West's life to explore issues that still resonate today such as censorship, gay rights, celebrity, and the news media. A regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines, Loschiavo insists that some of her witticisms are not to be lightly tossed aside but rather shaken and stirred. Currently, she's also at work on a museum exhibition: "Mae West's New York, 1899 — 1959."
• • What others are saying:
• • "Loschiavo is a comic Dante, capturing human weakness and balancing tragedy and high hilarity in her dialogue." — — Mario Fratti, "Nine," Tony Award winner
• • "With her whip cracking one-liners, the playwright shows she is as much of a word jockey as Mae West." — — Steve Rossi
• • "In Courting Mae West, we have a sassy, beleaguered Mae West who can keep an audience not just on her side but in her lap." — — Joe Franklin
• • "Fortunately, Mae West was also a flotation device. If no backers materialize, there's always a USO tour!" — — Joe Piscopo
• • Get ready to come up and see Mae onstage during July 2008.
Courting Mae West
• • Photo: Courting Mae West • • Maebill • •