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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Friday, July 18, 2008

Mae's man: Mario "Shortie" De Angelis

MAE WEST used to say: "It's not the men in my life. It's the life in my men."
• • In the play "Courting Mae West," the role of the leading man is a fictional reporter MARIO "Shortie" De ANGELIS.
• • In his early 20s, cub reporter MARIO "Shortie" lives in a boarding house owned by Irish Catholic news seller DECLAN ROURKE, run by PEG ROURKE on West 9th Street in Greenwich Village.
• • A dreamer, a schemer, hard-working, well-read, college educated, very poor, and very ambitious, MARIO "Shortie" De ANGELIS has a drive to succeed as a writer and a reporter along with an insecurity that makes his personality prickly, sarcastic, class conscious, chauvinistic, and prone to arguments — — especially when his sense of self (his self worth) is being challenged.
• • Shortie and his news man's fedora — — the badge of the serious, on-the-move reporter — — are inseparable along with the big chip on his shoulder.
• • His signature gesture with MAE WEST: removing her glove and ravishing her hand
• • MARIO's core: manipulation by determination (or charm)
• • Come up and see Mae onstage July 19st — 22nd in New York City when MAE WEST will be portrayed by Yvonne Sayers and MARIO "Shortie" De ANGELIS will be portrayed by Jason Emanuel. Source:
"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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