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A Love Affair with a Landmark in Manhattan: An Arresting Drama in Greenwich Village. [Opinions expressed are the views of OLD JEFF unless attributed to other - - potentially less-reliable - - sources, i.e., newcomers who have not been around since 1832 on Sixth Avenue.]

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mae West: 6th Avenue Rendezvous

It seems MAE WEST can't stay away from 425 Sixth Avenue.
• • Legendary Actress Returns to the Scene of the Crime at Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village in New York City
• • "Courting Mae West" revives an arresting drama of 1927 and invites the public to be the jury at Mae West's censorship trial in Judge Donnellan's original courtroom
• • NEW YORK, NY — —  Join us on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013 when a house of history lifts its petticoats, permitting Mae West to face her fans and accusers during an extraordinary reenactment.
• • Jefferson Market Library is proud to present scenes from "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship and Secrets" -- --unlocking the same chamber where Mae West [1893-- 1980] faced off with the magistrate in 1927 when the space was used as Jefferson Market Police Court. (The structure that escaped the wrecking ball is now Jefferson Market Library.)  
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Gripping trial scenes will be performed by a cast of professional actors led by Darlene Violette who portrays Mae West. Along with the staged drama, there will be a discussion "Mae West: Sex, Censorship, Prison, and Politics" by LindaAnn Loschiavo, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, who was commissioned to write the cover story for the summer issue of The Dramatist.

• • "COURTING MAE WEST" by LindaAnn Loschiavo -- -- Based on true events, the stage play "Courting Mae West" explores how a vaudevillian with a dozen years of bad reviews and highly placed enemies in the media and the Mayor's Office climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong. This serious minded comedy has been seen in New York City at the Fresh Fruit Festival and, most recently, in Australia as part of Midsumma's Playing-in-the-Raw.
• •  Who, What, When, Where • •
• • WHO: Actress Darlene Violette and actors TBA with dramatist-journalist LindaAnn Loschiavo
• • WHAT:     Scenes from "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship and Secrets" and discussion of the era's homophobia and the political powers that lined up against Mae West and why.
• • WHEN:       2:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
• • WHERE:     Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY -- --in the same chamber where Mae West [1893-- 1980] faced off with the magistrate in 1927
• • WHAT ELSE:     the popular Mae West Raffle
• • FEE:                FREE
• • RSVP:    Jefferson Market Library, T 212-243-4334
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• • SUBWAY: West Fourth St. station via A, C, D, E, F subway
• • PATH: West Ninth St. station
Audience Response to "Diamond Lil" onstage at 343 W. 46th St.
— — — — — On-going performances of "Diamond Lil" — — — — —
• • Those who prefer night life will enjoy "Diamond Lil" starring actress Darlene Violette — — and the roisterous cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — now onstage with performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on certain Sunday evenings from October 27 until November 24, 2013.
• • Reserve seats by phone: 212-757-0788; RSVP online:
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You gotta fight in this world, my father told me, and keep on fightingI"
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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.
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Mae West • • in 1927; the return of "Diamond Lil" in 2013 • •

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