Friday, April 26, 7-9 pmjoin us at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street in New Westminster, half a block from New Westminster Skytrain, for "Sips 'n Scripts", featuring Aristophanes' sexy, steamy 
LYSISTRATA, with Bailey Soleil Creed in the title role. Ages 16+.
Free! But seating is limited, so please Register here or at 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.

About the plays: 
Aristophanes' LYSISTRATA (Friday, April 26, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre)was too hot for the Greeks in 411 B.C.! 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 recently inspired Spike Lee's film, CHI-RAQ. Free, but limited seating, so please Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 

Bailey Soleil Creed
Meet multi-talented Bailey Soleil Creed, our "Lysistrata", whose goal "to connect people and build community through passion and arts" fits so beautifully with City Stage New West's.  Actress, poet, MC, clothing designer, stylist, and youth mentor, Bailey is a Langara Studio 58 theatre graduate who is a frequent host for local live and recorded music and dance events, including for AFAM (African Fashion and Arts Movement) and Shared Perspectives--a music and arts event focused on diverse artists in the community. Bailey also volunteers at The Hip Hop Drop--a drop-in for youth to learn elements of Hip Hop. She works and resides on the unseeded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.

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 her legendary, controversial career. An ad for the 1927 show warned, "If you cannot stand excitement, see your doctor before visiting Mae West." Free, but limited seating, so please Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 

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 limited seating, so please Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 


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