Published : Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 9:22 PM
In 1905 New York, Esther, a Black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women, and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women for whom she sews.
Lynn Nottage is the playwright. She is the only woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, for Sweat and Ruined. Intimate Apprael, first produced in New York in 2003, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Ms. Nottage’s many other plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Por’Knockers; Mud,River,Stone; Crumbs from the Table of Joy;.Les Meninas; Fabulation; Milma’s Tale. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama and is an Associate Professor at Columbia School of the Arts. She is a producer and writer of the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.
Michael T. Kachingwe directs the staged reading of Intimate Apparel. He has previously directed over 50 stage productions. Also an actor, he has performed in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Kansas City and Los Angeles. Locally, his appearances have included roles with Robey Theatre Company, Southern California Shakespeare Festival (The Tempest, Richard III), and a recent turn as a guest artist in The Whipping Man at Cal Poly Pomona. On TV, he’s been in The West Wing and The Bold and the Beautiful.
The Off the Page series is coordinated by Roxanne Barker and Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano.
Here is your opportunity to hear a play by a woman who is becoming one of the most-awarded playwrights of her generation.
Intimate Apparel, free staged reading of a play, written by Lynn Nottage, and directed by Michael T. Kachingwe. Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse at Sierra Madre Playhouse (87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre). This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample parking on the street and in free lots behind the Playhouse and across the street. Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Reservations are not necessary.
For more information, contact (626) 355-4318 or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.