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2013–2014 Concert Readings

The Drag • by Mae West • directed by Christopher Henley

Mae West
Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

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. The Drag (1927) dealt with homosexuality and was what West called one of her "comedy-dramas of life". After a series of try-outs in Connecticut and New Jersey, West announced she would open the play in New York. However, The Drag never opened on Broadway due to the Society for the Prevention of Vice vows to ban it if West attempted to stage it. West was an early supporter of the women's liberation movement, but stated she was not a feminist. She was also a supporter of gay rights. “The Drag" centers on Rolly Kingsbury, a judge's son, who is set to inherit the family's ironworks business. Kingsbury's marriage crumbles when the secret of a past affair with a man comes to light, as well as an affiliation with the local drag community

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