WeHo’s Arts Division and Classical Theatre Lab Present The Drag by Mae West


West Hollywood’s Arts Division joins Classical Theatre Lab to present a free livestream reading of The Drag by Mae West. The a costumed online reading is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m.

The Drag, subtitled A Homosexual Comedy in Three Acts and written by Mae West under the pseudonym Jane Mast before she became a blockbuster Hollywood star, is about the cost of living with a secret life. The play’s hero is a closeted gay socialite, Rolly Kingsbury, who comes “from one of the finest families” and is trapped in a loveless marriage. Kingsbury’s father is a homophobic judge and his father-in-law is a therapist who specializes in gay conversion. The Drag enthralled, but also scandalized, audiences in theatres just outside of New York City where it opened in 1927. The play’s portrayal of homosexuality and drag queens led to authorities shutting down performances after just two weeks. The play never made it to Broadway, as Mae had hoped.

This Classical Theatre Lab reading will feature guest artists Kelly Mantle, Roger Q. Mason, and T. Ashanti Mozelle. A singer, songwriter, and comedian, as well as actor, Mantle guest-starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race among their numerous TV credits. An accomplished writer/performer, Mason penned and starred in Lavender Men at both the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles and Circle in the Square in New York. Mozelle can be seen in Trade, the 2019 feature film based on true story of a Los Angeles transgender prostitute.

The performances are offered to the public free of charge with donations accepted. Tickets may be reserved at www.classicaltheatrelab.org. Once you reserve your ticket, you’ll receive the live stream information from Classical Theatre Lab.

For more information, contact Joy Tribble, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Technician, at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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