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THE DRAG - A Scandalous Homosexual Comedy by Legendary Mae West LIVE ONLINE

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A high society drag ball turns to murder and mayhem in this outrageous comedy that scandalized audiences when it premiered in 1927.

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The City of West Hollywood and Classical Theatre Lab present two live costumed readings of “The Drag” an outrageous gay comedy by legendary actress Mae West. The performances will be live, Sat. Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. and Sun. Sept. 27 at 2 p.m and are free of charge with donations accepted.

West’s comedy tells of a married but closeted high society businessman who throws a wild drag ball that proves to be a fateful event. Written under a pseudonym before she became a blockbuster Hollywood star, her play scandalized audiences in 1927 with its portrayal of homosexuality and drag queens. It was closed by the authorities after two weeks of sold-out performances.

This Classical Theatre Lab reading will feature guest artists Kelly Mantle, Roger Q. Mason and T. A. Mozelle. Mantle, a singer, songwriter, comedian, as well as actor, Mantle guest starred on "RuPaul’s Drag Race" among their numerous TV credits. Mason, an accomplished writer/performer, penned and starred in "Lavender Men" at Skylight Theatre in L.A. and Circle in the Square in New York. T.A. Moselle has starred in numerous TV and movies including the films, "Trade" and Del Shores' "A Very Sordid Wedding."

“The Lab is thrilled to welcome these gifted guest artists who are helping to bring this historic play to life for today’s audiences,” said Classical Theatre Lab producer and Co-Artistic Coordinator, Suzanne Hunt. “These times challenge all artistic organizations and especially theatres, to celebrate our nation’s diversity.”

Cast also includes: Joel Asher, Beau Berglund, Mark Crowell, Nicholas Hargous, Stuart W. Howard, Suzanne Hunt, Paris Perrault, Max Pescherine, Sara Shearer, David Shofner, Lonni Silver, and Anthony Topsfield. Direction by Alex Wells.

Founded in 1990, the Classical Theatre Lab is a 501 (c) (3) organization devoted to exploring classical theatre, literature and performance. It is committed to sharing these works with the public throughout the year. Our goal is to promote a love of classical theatre by providing unique and distinctive audience experiences through a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion. The Lab graciously and happily accepts donations to help support our upcoming virtual programming.

Please make your tax-deductible donation HERE!

(From top to bottom) Roger Q. Mason, Kelly Mantle and T. A. Mozelle play drag queens in THE DRAG by Mae West

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