FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York Playwright Invites You to Come Up & See Mae
The Blonde Bombshell Reappears January 31st on A&E's Biography Channel
New York, NY: Come up and see Mae on Tuesday January 31, 2006 in a special hour-long episode broadcast by A&E's Biography Channel [10:00pm ET]. New York dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo, whose play "Courting Mae West" will be in a theatre later this year, was tapped by the TV crew to co-star in this hour-long presentation and select the locations central to Mae's days.
• • Since "Courting Mae West" is based on true events during the 1920s when the Brooklyn bombshell was arrested and jailed on obscenity charges, Loschiavo focused on East Coast addresses for this TV episode, some of which are spotlighted in her play.
* * * On the Streets Where Mae Sashayed * * *
Footage was filmed at several locations familiar to Mae West fans:
* * * 62 West 9th Street [now Stephen Lyle's Village Restaurant], an Italian-French eatery known as Paul & Joe's during the early 1920s, a favorite of heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey who introduced it to Mae;
* * * Jefferson Market on Sixth Avenue at 9th Street, the 19th century courthouse where Mae was on trial several times during 1927-1929 [now a dilapidated library, where worn limestone bits pelt pedestrians];
* * * Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, where it took the magic wand of Boro President Marty Markowitz to open the creaky pearly gates for the TV cameras;
* * * 57 East 54th Street, Bill's Gay Nineties, where Mae toasted her vaudeville and Broadway buddies; and other locales.
• • When Mae wasn't occupied with a play or a film, some of her favorite activities were organizing a séance, consulting a psychic at Lily Dale Assembly, or penning a book about ESP. Her passion for the paranormal led her to take part in séances organized by Texas Guinan at Manhattan hotels or backstage at the Royale Theatre [242 West 45th Street], before matinee performances of "Diamond Lil" and "The Constant Sinner."
• • On August 17th, 2005, a birthday gala for Mae in a haunted mansion had featured a séance attended by Loschiavo along with those who knew Mae such as TV legend Joe Franklin. The TV crew recreated this séance, led by psychic Chris Fleming, who connected with some of the entities therein, playing peek-a-boo in hand-held light.
• • Before the TV episode airs, a special press party in Manhattan will announce this. Media and press photographers are welcome to attend.
• • Sponsorship opportunities are available.
• • • • MEDIA ADVISORY • • • •
• • WHAT: DEAD FAMOUS: GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS. Each week, hosts Gail Porter, a self-confessed skeptic, and Chris Fleming, a psychic able to detect paranormal events beyond the range of five senses, set off to investigate reported sightings of legendary figures such as Mae West [or James Dean, Lucille Ball, Jim Morrison, or Marilyn Monroe]. Part travelogue, part "X-Files," DEAD FAMOUS: GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS explores the beloved locales of the world's most famous departed to unveil the real story of their lives... after their deaths.
• • WHEN: Tuesday evening 31 January 2006 [10:00pm ET].
• • WHERE: The Biography Channel [TVPG].
• • WHO: Psychic Chris Fleming, Gail Porter, LindaAnn Loschiavo, Joe Franklin, Conrad Bradford, along with several Mae West fans and friends.
• • WEB: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com
• • Photo: Mae West