Our 2019 Censored! Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage reading series will look at 3 banned classics spanning 2300 years of history, all addressing still-controversial themes of women's sexual and financial agency. Beer, wine, and a specialty-themed drink will be available for purchase at these "Sips 'n Scripts" events. Sit back and enjoy--or get more engaged by reading supporting roles with City Stage New West's rehearsed professional actors, adding sound effects, or taking part in intermission activities and post-reading discussions. Talk-backs with experts and artists will discuss the plays, their impact, and their censorship. A fun, provocative night out!  Read about the impetus for the series in The RecordMore details on https://www.facebook.com/citystagenewwest/

Friday, October 11, 7-9 pm: George Bernard Shaw's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION at the Anvil Centre, directed by Marisa Emma Smith, whose stellar 2014 Alley Theatre production of Mrs. Warren's Profession was nominated for a Critic's Choice Innovation Award. 
A daughter, learning that her estranged, wealthy mother funded her privileged education through prostitution, is thrown into crisis. Banned for 33 years, Shaw's sharp-witted indictment of capitalist Victorian society's moral hypocrisy remains remarkably fresh. More than a Shavian Mama, Mia! 
Free but due to limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged. Ages 16+ only.
Register here (or at https://anvilcentre.com/events/sips-n-scripts-2019/) or call 604 527 4640. 

Thursday, December 19, 7-9 pm: Save the date for a special repeat uncensored holiday edition of "Sips 'n Scripts": an audience-interactive reading (and sing-along) of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Professional actor/musician Dave Clothier returns as "Scrooge" (scroll below for last year's photo). Read a role, throw a snowball, or just sit back with your sip and enjoy the fun. Cash bar for adults, cocoa & treats for kids. All ages. Register here 

Audiences loved our other Censored! Forbidden Classics:
Mae West's SEX, performed June 14, 2019 at the Anvil Centre, featuring Nicola Whitney-Griffiths as "Margy Lamont", the role Mae West wrote for herself. melodramatic conflagration of lust and wit, SEX was a smash hit on Broadway but landed West in jail for obscenity and corruption, launching West's legendary, controversial career.   An ad for the 1927 show warned, "If you cannot stand excitement, see your doctor before visiting Mae West." Featured sip: the Mae West Martini. Also with: Michael McIntyre, Callyn Dorval, Donny Lucas, Kris Kuruneri, Dave Clothier, Howard Dai, Melanie Germain, Jeff Cooper, and Zach Wolfman.          
Our comfy Sips 'n Scripts 'living room' setting at the Anvil Centre

Actors Simon Webb, Morgan Montgomery, Howard Dai, Viktor Barkar, Michael McIntyre, Marc Anthony Williams lead the Greek men's chorus of audience members in LYSISTRATA, actor Jolene Bernardino far right.
Bailey Soleil Creed

LYSISTRATA  was performed April 26, 2019 at the Anvil CentreLysistrata was too hot for the Greeks in 411 B.C.! In this script, Greek and Spartan women join forces to drive their warring men wild by enacting a universal sex strike to end the war. Banned in America until the 1930's, it inspired a world-wide anti-war protest in 2003, and, more recently, Spike Lee's film CHI-RAQ. This free event featured multi-talented actor Bailey Soleil Creed as "Lysistrata", along with some of Creed's original spoken-word poetry. The featured "sip" was Ouzo, a Greek liqueur.

The Censored! Forbidden Classics  reading series is made possible by a generous grant from the City of New Westminster.