"Courting Mae West" cast
• • Charismatic as voice actors and powerful as stage performers, Mary Murphy and Steven Viola met when they were cast as the characters ELIZA ROURKE and her scheming father DECLAN ROURKE in the Fresh Fruit Festival Production of "Courting Mae West." When Louis Lopardi told Carol Polcovar that we needed an exceptional actress for the poignant role of ELIZA, she recommended Miss Murphy. And what an extraordinary presence Mary Murphy is onstage, adding gestures and nuances that brought her character into sharper focus.
• • "I really enjoyed working with her," said Steven Viola, who was very pleased indeed when Mary Murphy joined a popular live series that he has been attached to for several years — — W-WOW! RADIO Mystery Hour, done live once a month at Partners in Crime Bookshop in Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
• • On Saturday evening 6 September 2008, the program included two favorites: The Fat Man "Eighteen Hours to Murder" [originally aired on 6 October 1950] and The Shadow "The Nursery Rhyme Murders" [originally aired on 22 February 1948].
• • Censorship affected the career of Mae West — — as well as the livelihood of Sam Spade's creator. The Fat Man, along with The Adventures of Sam Spade, went off the air in 1951 when Dashiell Hammett, whose name was associated with both shows, was blacklisted.
• • At the live performance on 6 September 2008, Steven Viola energetically portrayed an Announcer, Tommy Yale, and Mr. Eustace. Mr. Viola's next show is on October 4th, when he will take part in a detective drama classic that was part of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe — — "Red Wind." "Detective Philip Marlowe" was the brainchild of writer Raymond Chandler.
• • At the live performance on 6 September 2008, Mary Murphy portrayed Margo Lane — — the girlfriend and confidante of Lamont Cranston [winningly played by Bob Rutan]. Miss Murphy also took the roles of: Marilyn, Commercial Actress #2, and a Telephone Operator. As we were chatting after the show, Mary mentioned a recent phonecall from the owners of the Algonquin Theatre, currently closed for building maintenance. The theatre manager told Mary Murphy how eager they are to welcome back "Courting Mae West."
• • The next live performance is on Saturday 4 October 2008 — — and we'll be there to cheer.
Courting Mae West
• • Photo: Mae West • • "Courting Mae West" cast mates Steven Viola and Mary Murphy • • 2008