Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel To Open Roundabout's New Off-Broadway Theatre

News   Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel To Open Roundabout's New Off-Broadway Theatre Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel will make its New York premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company's new Off-Broadway theatre space at 46th Street, the playwright's agency confirmed.
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Director Daniel Sullivan (Proof) is slated to helm the work currently being offered as part of the Roundabout Theatre subscription series. No dates have been set as the theatre is currently undergoing renovations.

In the new drama Intimate Apparel, 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 was inspired by Nottage's grandmother who made lingerie in the same time period.

Intimate Apparel made its world premiere in a co-production between Baltimore's Center Stage and California's South Coast Repertory at both spaces. Playbill On-Line previously reported that Nottage is working on a companion piece to Intimate Apparel for Playwrights Horizons.

The ongoing renovations to the space at 111 West 46th Street — hitherto known as the American Place Theatre — are expected to be completed by early 2004, Roundabout spokesperson Jim Grossman told Playbill On-Line (July 24). In a previous written statement, Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes said the company would rename the theatre after Laura Pels, in honor of the producer, philanthropist, long-term Roundabout board member and owner of Paris' Theatre de l'Atelier.

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 — which was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. 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. Subscriptions to the Roundabout 2003-2004 season are currently available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.