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Lillian Schlissel,Mae West
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The arguments used 80 years ago to ban Mae West's bon mots are not unlike those used today to bar gay and lesbian artists from public funding and public self-expression.

Long thought to be lost, the original manuscripts gathered dust at the Library of Congress. After prolonged legal wrangling with the Roger Richman Agency of Los Angeles, who at the time represented the Mae West receivership estate, a deal was finally struck to have the plays finally published. The arguments used 80 years ago to ban Mae West's bon mots are not unlike those used today to bar gay and lesbian artists from public funding and public self-expression.

It was about Drag Queens and Mae was brave to try to produce that play. She was a pioneer, and I am waiting for some savvy producer to bring back these plays. Wonderful read, great laughs. Long thought to be lost, the original manuscripts gathered dust at the Library of Congress.

In this play West used the theatricality of the drag "queens" who had .

In this play West used the theatricality of the drag "queens" who had become her friends and "sisters. Pleasure Man" is once again set in the world of theatre, and is both a forerunner to "La Cage aux Folles" and a revenge fantasy in which a man is castrated after seducing and impregnating an innocent girl. I learned - while reading another book - that Mae West had written 3 plays for which she'd been fined & arrested. I found the book in the library. Sex" is amazing though because it focuses on what Mae West does best: Mae West sleeping with everyone on the planet and talking about how great Mae West i. .

Mae West, wise-cracking vaudeville performer, was one of the most controversial figures of her era. Rarely, however, do people think of Mae West as a writer

Mae West, wise-cracking vaudeville performer, was one of the most controversial figures of her era. Rarely, however, do people think of Mae West as a writer. In Three Plays By Mae West, Lillian Schlissel brings this underexplored part of West's career to the fore by offering for the first time in book form, three of the plays West wrote in the 1920s- Sex (1926), The Drag (1927) and Pleasure Man (1928). With an insightful introduction by Schlissel, this book offers a unique look into to the life and early career of this legendary stage and screen actress.

The Pleasure Man is a 1928 drama/murder mystery play by Mae West. The Pleasure Man began as a rework of West’s short-lived play The Drag. West made the protagonist of The Pleasure Man to be heterosexual rather than homosexual, and refined the comedy. West made the protagonist of The Pleasure Man to be heterosexual rather than homosexual, and refined the comedy and plot progression. However, the show still retained the Drag Ball spectacle that concluded the show. Initial rehearsals of the play began with West simply writing notes on scraps of paper and letting the actors improvise and find the scenes themselves. In Three Plays By Mae West, Lillian Schlissel brings this underexplored part of West's career to the fore by offering for the first time in book form, three of the plays West wrote in the 1920s-Sex (1926), The Drag (1927) and Pleasure Man (1928). With an insightful introduction by Schlissel, this book offers a unique look into to the life and early career of this legendary stage and screen actress

MAE WEST Sex The Drag The Pleasure Man E d i t e d by Lillian . Then Mae West retitled the play with a single wordSex.

MAE WEST Sex The Drag The Pleasure Man E d i t e d by Lillian Schlissel. Taylor & Francis Group. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. She said later that Edward Eisner, the director, kept talking about how the play exuded "Sex, low sex. The way he said it, it sounded like the best kind.

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Schlissel, Lillian; West, Mae (1997). "Raid Mae West Play, Seize 56 At Opening. Police Arrest Entire Cast of "Pleasure Man" After Last Act at Biltmore Theatre. Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag and Pleasure Man. Routledge. p. 16. ISBN 0-415-90933-3. a b c. ^ "Raid Mae West Play, Seize 56 At Opening. Indecency Is Charged. Law Hits Actress-Author a Second Time.

The Case Against Mae West. Introduction by lillian schlissel. The vulgarity of Mae West plays was meant to disrupt standards of propriety. Mae West’s plays, Sex, The Drag, and The Pleasure Man are published here for the first time. Sex, which opened at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre just north of Broadway in 1926, gave West her first starring role in the theatre and marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary American careers. Mae West began writing as a teenager on the vaudeville circuit She wrote encores to her songs because she was so sure audiences would call her back. The speech was intended to sow the seeds of revolution.

  • Three plays by Mae West. Great plays that have languished in the shadows all these years. They created great controversy, especially SEX and THE DRAG, which was banned from playing in New York City. It was about Drag Queens and Mae was brave to try to produce that play. She was a pioneer, and I am waiting for some savvy producer to bring back these plays. Wonderful read, great laughs.

  • And this woman was quite the player. A thrill to find out that Mae West had written plays. It doesn't surprise me as this woman was an icon to beat all icons.

    A great book and a great companion to seeing her films and discovering her life in greater depth.

  • Dated, not very funny. Really a curiosity piece more than anything.

  • When Lillian Schissel edited "Three Plays by Mae West,' published in 1997, it marked the first time Sex, The Drag and The Pleasure Man had ever been printed. Long thought to be lost, the original manuscripts gathered dust at the Library of Congress. After prolonged legal wrangling with the Roger Richman Agency of Los Angeles, who at the time represented the Mae West receivership estate, a deal was finally struck to have the plays finally published.

    Schissel argues that West provided one of the first role models for women suggesting they could be independent and achieve success following through on their own ambitions. When a revival of Sex was mounted in Seattle in 1998, a review noted, "What dates this show more than all the quaint wink-and nod lewdness are a couple of incredibly racist lines that I'm glad they didn't cut. At one point, Margy LaMont tells a guy there's no way he could get himself a woman, at least not a white women. Later a character tells Margy that she could make good money whoring in Trinidad "'cause all the girls down there are half black."
    Times have changed when this shocks us more than humping. Even a couple of archaic racial slurs are left in, the only real shock here is that a 1927 audience wouldn't have even blinked.

    The strength of Schissel's work is the research she uncovered in the case for the prosecution against Mae West in legal documents relating to the staging of Sex and The Pleasure Man. The testimoney presented during the court proceedings is fascinating to read and sheds light on the rampant homophobia at the time.

    Perhaps the most important aspect of Schlissel's sleuthing is that excerpts from West's obscenity trial and disturbingly the censor's accusations sound as troubling today as they did 80 years ago. The arguments used 80 years ago to ban Mae West's bon mots are not unlike those used today to bar gay and lesbian artists from public funding and public self-expression.
    Highly recommended!