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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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mae West: On 17 August 2015

Happy Birthday to MAE WEST, the Brooklyn Bombshell, the Queen of Comedy, who maintained a long career on stage and on screen and also sizzled on the nightclub circuit.
• • Delivered by a local mid-wife, this newborn drew her first lusty breaths in Bushwick on Thursday, 17 August 1893 (under the leonine sign of Leo) in her parents' bedroom. Little Mary Jane West always said: "I was born on a cool night in a hot month so I knew I could expect anything."
• • She trumped the income of every film actress of her generation because Mae was paid as a screenwriter as well as a box office draw.
• • Each day at least one publication in the world mentions her name. [We can verify our claim, too, because we've tracked this a-Mae-zing trend daily for the past decade.]
• • Often imitated but never duplicated, the one and only Mae West endures in our hearts and memories.
• • Darling Mae, to your loyal followers, you don't look a day over twenty-sex!
• • Annual Mae West Tribute in NYC • •
• • Honoring NYC Icon Mae West on 17 August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorated the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •  

• • On Monday, 17 August 2015 • •

• • Here are two pictures taken in New York City at the annual celebration of Mae West's birthday.  
• • Mae-maven extraordinaire Walter Egielski won a coveted 1928 sketch of Mae as Diamond Lil. 
• • Greenwich Villagers Maura Tobias and Sheldon Silberstein won a rare set of Texas Guinan films.
• • Topaz Lennard left the event and went home like royalty in a brand new chauffeur-driven limousine, courtesy of Bill's Limo. Standing next to the energetic cabaret singer is the company's CEO, William Dossena.  

• • More August 17th photos will be posted soon.
• • Find out more about this year's event:
• • Here's the NYPL link — 
• • Here's a fascinating article on speakeasy queen Texas Guinan written by syndicated columnist Lenore Skenazy — New York's Night Club Queen Was as Big as Texas
• • Here's an interview with Mae-maven LindaAnn Loschiavo — A Conversation with NYC Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo
A Conversation with NYC Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo 
• • The weekly events magazine Time Out New York recommended this event:
Time Out New York recommends "Onstage Outlaws Mae West and Texas Guinan"
• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • In Her Own Words • • 
• • Mae West said: "My play 'Sex' was a work of art."
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

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• • Photo: Mae West
• • event at Jefferson Market Library, formerly a court • •
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