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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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mae West at rehearsal

Was MAE WEST in the rehearsal room today on West 38th Street?
• • The "Courting Mae West" cast had just run through a complex court scene set in April 1927 — — a trial that concluded when Judge George Donnellan entered and told Mae West that the jury found her guilty, that she is going to jail, and that on April 19th sentencing would be imposed.
• • Based on true events, this is an emotional scene, featuring Mae's mother Matilda West reacting to the verdict by standing up and pleading with the judge not to jail her daughter again.
• • "Why do you make bad laws in this country that punish good people?" yells Matilda West before stumbling and falling. A melee begins as the reporters photograph and crowd around Mae West — — who is trying desperately to reach her mother.
• • The cast had just paused for a food break and director Louis Lopardi was about to announce the time of the next rehearsal (which is tomorrow on Monday).
• • The windows in the rehearsal room are covered with heavy paper and hidden behind heavy black curtains.
• • Suddenly, the thick black curtains moved — — and THREE empty CHAIRS and a TABLE moved in unison about 2 feet into the room.
• • The cast found this occurrence quite strange.
• • Mae West, was that you?
"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
• • April 1927 • •

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