Sex (play)

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Sex is a 1926 play, written by, and starring, Mae West, who used the pen name Jane Mast.[1] The comedy-drama premiered April 26, 1926 at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre in New York City.[1] There were 375 performances before the New York Police Department raided West and her company in February 1927.[2] They were charged with obscenity, despite the fact that 325,000 people had watched it, including members of the police department and their wives, judges of the criminal courts, and seven members of the district attorney’s staff. West was sentenced to 10 days in a workhouse on Roosevelt Island (known then as "Welfare Island") and fined $500.[3] The resulting publicity increased her national renown.

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  1. ^ a b '"Sex at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ "Cast Of "Sex" Held For Hearing. Waive Examination to Get to Theatre "The Captive" Case Today Cuts Out Matinee Performance". Boston Daily Globe. February 16, 1927. Retrieved 2011-05-02. Faced with the choice of remaining in court for hearing during time scheduled for the night performance or waiving examination and being bound over for action of special sessions, 22 members of the cast of "Sex" late today chose the later course after an examination ... 
  3. ^ "The Screen Must Not Relapse to Lewdness". Rochester Journal. March 2, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-02.