Friday, June 09, 2017

Mae West: Utah's Drag

"The Drag," a controversial stage play written by MAE WEST, is scheduled to appear onstage in the most unlikely state: Utah, thanks to a brave new theatre company.
• • Let's learn more.  The artistic directors are Kacey Spadafora and Taylor Jack Nelson.
• • An Other Theater Company, a small Utah County based company that has previously produced shows at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival and at the Canyon Glen Amphitheatre, is moving to a permanent black-box theater space in the Provo Towne Centre mall, where they will continue their mission of producing theatre that is "unique, fresh, empathetic, and inclusive." 
• • Typically, theatre productions in Utah County are created for a family audience. However,  An Other Theatre Company will seek to widen that scope to include works that push the envelope.
• • Opening season, beginning September 2017 and running through August 2018, will offer  plays by Christopher Durang, Henrik Ibsen, Neil LaBute,  Tony Kushner, Luigi Pirandello,  Geoffrey Nauffts, Paula Vogel along with "The Drag" by Mae West.  We're thrilled to hear it.
• • A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign will be the first project they produce, however. 
• • On Sunday, 9 June 1935 in The N. Y. Times • •
• • Mae West did a few interviews with John Moffatt. In an article printed in the Sunday Times on 9 June 1935, Mae discussed parting with Libby Taylor, her longtime maid.  Mae said, "When she began wanting me to wake her up in the morning, I told her she'd better stop being a maid and give her all to the public."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A lucky college student rolled Hollywood sex goddess Mae West down El Prado (in a rattan rollerchair) at the Expo in San Diego.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My play about drag queens was a work of art."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An event calendar mentioned Mae West.
• • "Day  After  Day,"  a 2011  film  by  Alexander  Hick,  produced  by  Rita  McBride,  will  be  screened  in conjunction  with  both  exhibitions.  This  pseudo-documentary  registers  the  response  of  the  local inhabitants immediately after the arrival of Mae West. The New York screening will take place on May 22nd, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tribeca Screening Room, 375 Greenwich Street, NYC.  . . .
• • Source: Item in a press announcement; undated
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3722nd
blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a
magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material
focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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