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The Playhouse Mainstage
November 6 - December 2, 2012

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INTIMATE APPAREL
By Lynn Nottage
(Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright of 2009's RUINED)
Directed By Sheldon Epps

In INTIMATE APPAREL, The time is 1905 in New York City and Esther, a middle-aged, black seamstress, has learned to make ends meet by teaching herself to sew beautiful and delicate lingerie for her uptown and downtown clientele. After nearly two decades of loneliness and watching the younger and prettier girls come and go in the boarding house she rents from, Esther finds solace and possible romance in letters from George, a handsome, young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal. Re-energized by his affectionate words, but hindered by illiteracy, Esther confides in two of her patrons, Mrs. Van Buren, a rich white socialite, and Mayme, a prostitute, to pen her letters back to George. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart also seems to lie with Mr. Marks, the Hasidic shopkeeper who relishes in sharing his exquisite finds of satins and silks and has also grown increasingly fond of Esther. But the impossibility of their match is obvious to them both, so Esther settles for a marriage to George. He subsequently manages to frivolously spend all of her life savings on whores and liquor – dashing all of Esther’s hopes of opening a beauty salon. Once again penniless and alone, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life’s experiences.

INTIMATE APPAREL is the winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

"This haunting and hilarious play is the most fulfilling event of the season." - New York Post

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes (includes a15-minute intermission)


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Noor
Gelson's
Le Cordon Bleu. College of Culinary Arts
94.7 – The Wave
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KNX 10.70 NEWSRADIO
KFWB NEWS 980
790 KABC
Hot Jamz 92

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