Mary B. Robinson directs the love story that confronts race and religion.
“Intimate Apparel is a beautiful way to celebrate the end of a season of theater worth talking about,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, in an earlier statement. “This delicate evocation of the intersection of lives, of people yearning for love and acceptance in both personal and universal ways, speaks to all who are fortunate enough to see it. I'm thrilled that this tenth anniversary revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's powerful and evocative play will be helmed by the gifted Mary B. Robinson.”
Playing the central role of Esther is Nikki E. Walker. Walker is joined by Leighton Bryan as Mrs. Van Buren, Esther’s wealthy client, who is unhappy in a loveless marriage; Isaiah Johnson as George, a worker on the Panama Canal, who woos Esther by mail; Aleta Mitchell as Mrs. Dickson, proprietor of a boarding house for unmarried women where Esther resides; Tommy Schrider as Mr. Marks, an Orthodox Jewish textile merchant who shares a mutual attraction with Esther; and Heather Alicia Simms as Mayme, Esther’s best friend and a prostitute.
Intimate Apparel, according to press notes, "weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of Esther, a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early twentieth century Manhattan as she negotiates the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true."
The design team includes Allen Moyer, scenic design; Michael Krass, costume design; Eric Southern, lighting design; and Fitz Patton, sound design.
Single tickets start at $30. Visit westportplayhouse.org.