Sips n’ Scripts 2019

(16+ years)

Censored!  Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage: A Reading Series

What good is sitting alone in your room? Join City Stage New West in a comfy “living room” setting at Anvil Centre for the 2019 Sips ‘n Scripts reading series: Censored! Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage, featuring 3 banned comedies spanning twenty-three hundred years of history, all addressing still-controversial themes of women’s sexual agency.


Beer, wine and a specialty themed drink will be available for purchase at each reading so you can sit back with their “sips” and enjoy the readings or get more engaged by reading supporting roles with City Stage New West’s professional actors.  Have fun adding sound effects, or taking part in intermission activities.  Post-reading discussions with experts, artists and facilitators will include histories of the works, their impact, and their censorship.

All events are free.  Drinks available for purchase.  Cash only.  Registration required.


Anvil Centre 1st Floor, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster



Aristophanes’ sexy, steamy, slapstick comedy was just too hot for Greek authorities to handle in 411 B.C.  His heroine, Lysistrata, leads the women of ancient Greece and Sparta on an anti-war sex strike and an occupation of war headquarters—until the men end their fighting. Banned until the 1930’s in America, Lysistrata went on to inspire countless adaptations, including Spike Lee’s recent film, Chi-raq.

Friday, April 26          7:00-9:00 pm           Register Here



In 1927, Mae West starred on Broadway in her smash-hit melodrama Sex. Censored a year later, the “obscene, indecent, immoral” comedy landed a much richer West in jail, helping launch her brilliant, controversial career as one of the first female playwrights and actresses to demand and receive creative control over her work. Queen of the double-entendre, West became an erotic icon who made assertiveness feminine and fun.

Friday, June 14           7:00-9:00 pm           Register Here


Mrs.  Warren’s Profession

The literary giant George Bernard Shaw shocked Victorian sensibilities with Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which featured an unrepentant sex worker in the title role. When Mrs. Warren’s cloistered daughter finally discovers the funding source of her privileged upbringing, she rebels: who is her father? Banned for 30 years, Shaw’s comedic indictment of capitalist society’s moral hypocrisy regarding women’s sexual agency still feels contemporary. A Shavian Mama, Mia!

Friday, October 11     7:00-9:00 pm           Register Here


Save the date for one more Sip n’ Script…

Sips n’ Scripts Holiday Edition

A Christmas Carol (All Ages!)

Thursday, December 19      7:00 – 9:00pm        Register Here



City Stage New West

City Stage New West is a registered charitable organization serving New Westminster since 2005, producing provocative, high-calibre professional theatre programming that entertains, educates, and enlightens while supporting Canadian diversity. Highlights include Murder in the Cathedral, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Belle of Amherst, Burning Up the Infield: The 1974 Frasers, King Lear/Queen Lear, Freud’s Last Session, Shaw Shorts!, and commissioning  Stump City Stories, an original musical by George Ryan, based on the diverse history of New Westminster.