"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: http://www.newplays.org/content/revashiner.aspx
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • detail "Courting Mae West" comic book, artist Michael Di Motta • •