Viola Davis, Lynda Gravátt, Russell Hornsby, Corey Stoll and More Reunite Tonight for Intimate Apparel Benefit

By Michael Gioia
15 Jun 2014

Viola Davis
Viola Davis
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Two-time Tony Award winner Viola Davis, Arija Bareikis, Lynda Gravátt, Russell Hornsby, Corey Stoll and Lauren Vélez, cast members of the 2004 award-winning production of Lynn Nottage's Initiate Apparel, reunite for a benefit reading of that play June 15 in the Laura Pels Theatre.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the 7 PM benefit reading, which features direction by Daniel Sullivan, who helmed the play's Off-Broadway bow.

"When we produced Lynn's gorgeous play in 2004, it was a seminal moment for Roundabout," said RTC artistic director Todd Haimes in a previous statement. "With the support of the Steinberg Charitable Trust and Laura Pels, we were able to renovate the Steinberg Center and we couldn't have dreamed up a better production to open the new space. It is a thrill to have Dan Sullivan, Viola Davis and the whole company back to hear the play again, 10 years later. We are eternally grateful to the Steinberg Charitable Trust and Laura Pels for their ongoing support of our Off-Broadway endeavors."

The reading celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre and honors the continued support of the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Charitable Trust and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.



All proceeds benefit Roundabout's New Play Initiative (created in 1995), which "cultivates new works and artists through commissions, developmental readings and workshops, and full-scale productions. To date, Roundabout has commissioned 18 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of over 100 new works, presented 37 premiere productions, and employed over 5,000 artists across all aspects of our New Play Initiative. Each year, the New Play Initiative costs nearly $1.8M."

In 2004 Intimate Apparel — set in 1905 and centering on an African-American woman who travels to New York City to pursue her dreams — was the inaugural production of Roundabout Theater Company's Off-Broadway venue, the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

The production received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (Best Play), a Drama Desk Award (Best Actress in a Play for Davis), an Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Play), the Outer Critics Circle Award John Gassner Award (Best Play), an Obie Award (Outstanding performance for Davis), a PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama, an American Theatre Critic's Assoc. Francesca Primus Award (Best Play) and a Steinberg New Play Award.

The Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 W. 46th Street. 
VIP, premium and benefactor tickets at $500-$2,500 include admission to pre and post-show cast parties, with all proceeds to benefit not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company's New Play Initiative.

For tickets, call (212) 719-9393, ext. 369. 
Tickets are also available at $140 and $200 at RoundaboutTheatre.org/IntimateApparel.