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, September 05, 2008

"Courting Mae West" is a finalist!

"Courting Mae West" — — a play based on true events in the life of MAE WEST during the Prohibition Era, when she was arrested and jailed for writing two gay plays — — has come in as a finalist in the 2008-2009 REVA SHINER FULL LENGTH PLAY CONTEST.
• • Every year the Reva Shiner Contest rewards an unproduced full-length play with a cash prize and a full production as part of the theater's season. Past winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.
• • Russell McGee, the Literary Manager of BPP, had much to say about "Courting Mae West" — — and here is an excerpt from his extensive comments: Let me start by stating that I very much enjoy this play. The particular time and subject matter is of great interest to me. I am an old film buff and have quite a collection of films from the twenties onward through the fifties. However, I have never really turned an eye on Mae West before reading this play and the odd W.C. Fields' film. It is evident through the rich historical detail that this is a passion for you and a labor of love. . . .
• • Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the Bloomington Playwrights Project is a not-for-profit theatre with non-Equity performers.
See the list of winners and finalists here:

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• • Photo: Mae West
• • detail from "Courting Mae West" comic book, artist Michael Di Motta • •

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