Friday, June 14, 7-9 pmjoin us at the Anvil Centre777 Columbia Street in New Westminster, half a block from New Westminster Skytrain, for "Sips 'n Scripts", featuring Mae West's witty, racy 1927 melodrama SEX.  Free!
Reservations strongly encouraged.
 Register here (or at https://anvilcentre.com/events/sips-n-scripts-2019/) or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16+ only.
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. Sit back and enjoy--or get more engaged by reading supporting roles with City Stage New West's 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 great night out!

About the plays: 

Mae West's SEX (Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre). 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.  Featuring Nicola Whitney-Griffiths as "Margy Lamont", the role Mae West wrote for herself.  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.          
Free, but reservations suggested: Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only.  
Our comfy Sips 'n Scripts 'living room' setting at the Anvil Centre
George Bernard Shaw's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION (Friday, October 11, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre). A daughter, learning that her estranged, wealthy mother funded her privileged education through prostitution, is thrown into crisis. Banned for 30 years, Shaw's sharp-witted indictment of capitalist Victorian society's moral hypocrisy remains remarkably fresh. A Shavian  Mama, Mia! Free, but due to limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged: Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 

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

Aristophanes'
LYSISTRATA  was performed Friday, April 26, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre)Lysistrata 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.