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, October 12, 2008

Friday 17 October 2008

The public and Mae-mavens are invited to attend a Staged Reading of "COURTING MAE WEST" at 5:45 PM on Friday — — 17 October 2008 — — on Broadway and West 43rd Street at the Dramatists Guild. [See details below.]
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• • YVONNE SAYERS, who plays MAE WEST, is rejoining the "Courting Mae West" cast. Miss Sayers studied with Mary Boyer at T. Schreiber Studio. The five-foot-five stunner has been seen on TV in “Chappelle’s Show,” CourtTV’s “Till Death Do Us Part,” “The Maury Show,” etc. Miss Sayers has been cast in NYC productions at the American Globe Theatre, the Samuel French Festival, the PIT, Village Playwrights, the Wings Theatre, as well as in several shows at the 45th Street Theatre. A proud member of the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co., her favorite role was portraying Mae West in “Mad Dog Blues.”
• • GLORIA BUCCINO, a retired police sergeant, is rejoining the "Courting Mae West" cast in the pivotal roles of Matilda West, Peg Rourke, and others. Moving from law enforcement to a career in entertainment, she studied with Howard Meyer at HM Acting Studio. Miss Buccino was seen in HM Acting Workshop Productions: "Girl Talk" and "Into the Deep." She is a member of The Axial Theatre Company, and was recently accepted into The Actor's Project NYC. Gloria is a member of AFTRA.
• • MARY MURPHY, who plays Eliza Rourke and other roles, is rejoining the "Courting Mae West" cast. Her credits include: "Jane Eyre," "Artist Descending a Staircase," "Stonewall Voices," "Why Does it Sting…," "Jailbirds," "Wait Until Dark," and "All Night Meeting." She has also lent her voice to the cartoon Pokemon, various radio, film, and television projects, along with an award-winning children’s audio adventure series.
• • DUVALL O'STEEN participated in a March 2008 reading of "Courting Mae West" and joins the cast in the pivotal roles of Beverly West, Sara Starr, and others. Miss O’Steen is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio and a member of the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co. Her MCTC credits include: "Talking Heads"; "The Rock Garden"; "Goldberg Street"; and many others. On-screen credits include the title role in "Gina’s Music" among other roles.
• • NEAL SIMS, who plays Edward Elsner, Jim Timony, Barry O'Neill, and other roles, is rejoining the "Courting Mae West" cast. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, his credits include: "Charles Busch's Sleeping Beauty, or Coma"; "Psycho Sorority Girl"; "Bad Dames Go to Hell"; etc. Mr. Sims also directed and acted in two shows for NYC's International Fringe Festival: "The Greatest B-Movie Ever Told" [2005] and "Vice Girl Confidential" [2006].
• • STEVEN VIOLA, who plays Declan Rourke and other roles, is rejoining the "Courting Mae West" cast. He portrayed Iago in an acclaimed production of "Othello" directed by Elfin Vogel at Theatre 22. Mr. Viola studied acting with Gloria Maddox and Carol Prescott at T. Schreiber Studio. Theatre credits include: "The Man who Corrupted Hadley Burg," "A Doll's House," and many others. He is a founding member of The Cranston and Spade W-WOW Radio Mystery Theatre Company.
— — who plays news man Mario "Shortie" De Angelis — — can be seen in "Speed Demons" at the monthly Saloon Series at The Vampire Cowboys' Battle Ranch. His past roles have included: super hero, transvestite ninja, ghost, fast talking district attorney, gunslinger, burn victim, hapless actor, two different aliens, lunatic, bashful groom, alcoholic 1940s crooner, polite boxer, scarecrow, riverboat captain, 8-year-old Japanese boy, The Smartest Man Alive, and many others.
• • Native New Yorker LindaAnn Loschiavo is a journalist and dramatist caught in the spell of a courthouse with Verdi-worthy villains rising up against an actress who lost her reputation and never missed it. True events that took place during the Prohibition Era in Jefferson Market's judicial chambers inspired the comedy-drama “Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets.” A regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines, she insists that some of her witticisms are not to be lightly tossed aside but rather shaken and stirred. She's also at work on a book: "Mae West's New York, 1899 — 1959." The playwright is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
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• • "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship and Secrets" — — a Staged Reading of a new version of this play — — based on true events during the Prohibition Era.
• • Address: 1501 Broadway [on Broadway at West 43rd Street], New York, NY 10036
• • Room: The Dramatists Guild, the Frederick Loewe Room, Suite 701
• • When: Friday October 17th starting at 5:45 PM — — you must show photo ID to get into the building
• • We have been given a 90-minute time slot and the reading will END at 7:30 PM.
• • The reading is free and open to the public and there are about 50 seats for producers and members of the audience.
• • The building, built by Paramount Pictures, was a popular stopping place for Mae West when she was in New York City.

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