In the new drama, a much sought-after African-American seamstress — who sews elegant intimates for socialites and harlots alike — looks for love and respect in turn of-the-20th-century Manhattan. The work, inspired by Nottage's grandmother who made lingerie in the same time period, was recently honored with the 2004 Steinberg New Play Award and Francesca Primus Prize.
Tony Award winner Viola Davis and "I Like It Like That" star Lauren Velez lead a cast that also includes Arija Bareikis (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Moment When), Lynda Gravátt (Crowns, 45 Seconds from Broadway), Russell Hornsby (Jitney) and Corey Stoll (Henry IV).
The design team for Intimate Apparel features Derek McClane (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Allen Lee Hughes (lights).
Davis won a Tony Award for her turn in August Wilson's King Hedley II. Her other stage credits include Seven Guitars, Everybody's Ruby, As You Like It, House of Lear and God's Heart. She also has appeared in the films "Traffic," "Antwone Fisher," "Far from Heaven" and the upcoming television series "Century City." Intimate Apparel had its world premiere in a co-production between Baltimore's Center Stage and California's South Coast Repertory at both spaces.
New York native Nottage is the playwright of Crumbs from the Table of Joy, A Walk Through Time, Por'knockers, Poof!, Las Meninas and Mud, River, Stone. Her work has been produced by Second Stage Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons as well as many regional stages including South Coast Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Rep and Steppenwolf.
Tickets to Intimate Apparel at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46 St., are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.