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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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Steven Viola as Declan Rourke

In Act I, Scene 3 of "Courting Mae West" — — the raid at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre on 9 February 1927 — — MAE WEST meets the rogue news dealer Declan Rourke (one of the play's fictional characters). Before long, Declan Rourke will be stealing Mae West's "Sex" posters, autographing them himself, and doing viral marketing for his newsstand business.
• • Portraying the lovable scoundrel is Steven Viola, who slips into the part without fuss as if he were born to the brogue. With his supple, muscular voice and intriguing gestures, he effortlessly holds the audience's gaze.
• • Director Louis Lopardi, observing intently, says, "I knew he was right for the part."
• • Steven Viola recently portrayed another scoundrel, Iago, in a Village Voice-acclaimed production of "Othello" directed by Elfin Vogel at Theatre 22.
• • Steven Viola studied acting with Gloria Maddox and Carol Prescott at the Terry Schreiber Studio. His theatre credits include: "The Man who Corrupted Hadley Burg" (as Edward); "A Doll's House" (as Dr. Rank); "Our Country's Good" (as Arscott, Sanford Meisner); "Table Manners" (as Norman, The Kraine Theatre); and "Once in a Lifetime" (as George Lewis, Samuel Beckett Theatre); and many others. He also appeared in the film Nuke 'Um High and the TV shows "Steals & Deals" and "Toonces & Fences."
He is also a founding member of The Cranston and Spade WWOW Radio Mystery Theatre Company which performs old-time radio favorites at the Partners & Crime Bookstore in Greenwich Village.
"COURTING MAE WEST" opens at 6 o'clock on Saturday night July 19, 2008 at the Algonquin Theatre [East 24th Street and Park Avenue South].
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"COURTING MAE WEST" — — showtimes
• • July 19th, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 20th, 2008 — — 2:00 PM matinee
• • July 21st, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 22nd, 2008 — — 9:00 PM
• • Tickets to "COURTING MAE WEST" are $18 per adult.
• • sells the tickets — —
• • Questions? Phone 212-779-3051.
• • The play is 95 minutes.

• • Get ready to come up and see Mae West, Texas Guinan, and the gang onstage in mid-July 2008.

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• • Photo: Mae West cast
• • Steven Viola • •

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