by Mae West
MAE WEST'S CONTROVERSIAL PLAY STAGED IN NYC FOR FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1926
In December 1999, Hourglass Group presented the first New York revival of Mae West's notorious 1926 play Sex, the play that landed West in jail and made her famous. Directed by Elyse Singer, the play starred Carolyn Baeumler in the role originally created by West and featured music by Steven Bernstein's Sex Mob. Sex ran Off-Broadway to standing room only audiences at the Gershwin Hotel until February 14, 2001.
is the story of an ambitious working-class prostitute who beats the system.
In her search for a better life, Margy Lamont travels from Montreal brothel
to Trinidad nightclub to Connecticut mansion. The broadly comic play is
filled with gangsters and molls, sailors and society matrons, and the language
ricochets like bullets. Sex examines the relationship between
sexuality and commerce, and the myriad of forms that prostitution takes.
It balances the dark realities of the 1920s underworld with high comedy,
and, of course, innuendo.
Director Elyse Singer first tracked down a copy of the unpublished script of Sex in January, 1996. The intention was to do the play as a follow-up to Love in the Void, Hourglass' critically acclaimed adaptation of Courtney Love's Internet posts co-created by Singer and Carolyn Baeumler. Sex was developed through New Georges and New York Theatre Workshop. In 1997, Singer, Baeumler, and Nina Hellman founded the Hourglass Group and began negotiating for the rights to produce the play independently.
Composer Steven Bernstein, best known as music director of John Lurie's band the Lounge Lizards, will provide 1920s early jazz music for Sex with his band Sex Mob in collaboration with Evan Hause. Designers are George Xenos (Set), Kaye Voyce (Costumes) and Tyler Micoleau (Lighting). In addition to Baeumler, the cast for Sex includes Cynthia Darlow, Nick Garrison, Dominic Hamilton-Little, Nina Hellman, Bruce Kronenberg, Andrew Elvis Miller, Chuck Montgomery, T. Ryder Smith, Fred Velde and a rotating roster of special guests.
Designer: George Xenos
Counsel: Mark L. Beigelman
Copyrighted by and licensed by the Receivership Estate of Mae West represented by The Roger Richman Agency, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
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