Viola's Secret: Tony Winner Davis Stars in Intimate Apparel Off-Broadway, March 20

News   Viola's Secret: Tony Winner Davis Stars in Intimate Apparel Off-Broadway, March 20 Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel makes its New York premiere as the inaugural staging at the Roundabout Theatre Company's new Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre, March 20.

Director Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs the work slated to run through June 6. The play will open April 11 at the new space in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

The work, originally slated to start March 17, was delayed due to construction work at the new theatre.

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 was inspired by Nottage's grandmother, who made lingerie in the same time period.

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), 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 — 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.

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.

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