Thursday, July 04, 2013

Mae West: The Dramatist

The Mae West Blog wishes all our visitors a hot and happy Fourth of July — — and take a moment to note on your calendar that the next MAE WEST Birthday Gala in New York City will be in mid-August 2013 in Manhattan. Details will be posted shortly. 
• • If you are having a Mae West event, too, let us know.
• • Mae West Takes Centerstage in "The Sex Issue" • •
• • "Mae West: Sex, Censorship, Prison, and Politics" is the lead piece in the current issue of The Dramatist. Editor-in-Chief Joey Stocks tapped DG member LindaAnn Loschiavo to write the cover story, emphasizing that he wanted the focus to be on the politics that created the legal tornado that sent the actress to prison, making headlines around the world.
• • "At a Publications Committee meeting last fall, Lynn Nottage suggested an article about the Mae West court trials," explained Mr. Stocks, pushing up his green eye-shade as the Broadway traffic noises below his office grew more raucous. "A week later, the newsletter from the National Coalition Against Censorship landed on my desk with the headline: 'The Sex Issue.' I went back to the committee and this issue was conceived. DG member and Mae West expert, LindaAnn Loschiavo agreed to write the article from which everything else would grow. Taking our cue from Mae, we've tried  to make this issue both playful and serious."
• • Who was Mae West in 1926? And why did City Hall make her a target? Ms. Loschiavo, who has read the trial transcripts and done exhaustive research on every aspect of Westiana, wrote the eye-opening article, which the editors turned into a glorious six-page spread. The native New Yorker is also the author of the stage play "Courting Mae West" based on true events during the Prohibition Era.
• • THE DRAMATIST (July 2013 issue) was published by The Dramatists Guild of America, 1501 Broadway [# 701], New York, NY 10036; T 212-398-9366. For a copy, send your inquiries here. This issue of the magazine, sent by mail to subscribers, will only be available to others for a limited time. 
• • THE DRAMATIST is also sold at The Drama Book Shop, 250 West 40th St., New York, NY; T (212) 944-0595.
• • The July 2013 issue is a must-have keepsake for all you Mae-mavens out there.
• • On Saturday, 4 July 1970 • •
• • While the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" was not a hit, the media exposure engendered a "Mae West revival," explained The New York Post on Saturday, 4 July 1970.  Guess they must have attended the premiere and watched as 10,000 fans swarmed the streets outside the theatre, screaming for Mae West (and ignoring Raquel what's-her-name).
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every woman has good beauty points, and others not so good. The  secret is to take advantage of what is good and get along with the bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • It was a sad day in early July when crowds of aborigines who came into town expressly to see Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" were turned away disappointed.
• • "Unable to See Mae West" • •
• • "Aborigines at Darwin — Town in Darkness Through Strike" • •
• • Darwin, Monday — The electric light supply has been cut off to-night, and the town is in darkness because the two employees of tho town council ot the power-house have gone on strike because their demand for increased wages has not been acceded to.
• • Residents of Darwin are unearthing hurricane lamps, petrol lamps, candles, and electric torches to light their homes. The picture theatre was unable to show its films to-night, and crowds of aborigines who came into town to see Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" were turned away disappointed.
• • The Argus (Melbourne, Australia), used on p. 7; published on Tuesday, 2 July 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
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