Westport Reading of Intimate Apparel to Feature Lynda Gravátt, Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Paul Anthony Stewart

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15 Jan 2013

Original Off-Broadway cast member Lynda Gravátt will be joined by Geneva Carr and Donnetta Lavinia Grays for the the Westport Country Playhouse's "Script in Hand" reading of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel.

Anne Keefe will stage the 7 PM reading on Feb. 11. Gravátt, who originated the role of Mrs. Dickson in the 2004 Off-Broadway production, returns to inhabit the role for Westport audiences.

Also featured will be Carr (Time of My Life) as Mrs. Van Buren and Grays (In the Next Room, Well) as seamstress Esther, in addition to Billy Eugene Jones (Passing Strange, Radio Golf) as George, Emmy nominee Paul Anthony Stewart ("Guiding Light," Harbor) as Mr. Marks and Susan Kelechi Watson (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way) as Mayme.

According to Westport, "Intimate Apparel takes place in New York City, 1905. Esther, a black seamstress, sews intimate apparel for rich white women and well-paid black prostitutes. Lonely and longing for a husband and a future, she begins corresponding with George, a Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal, who persuades her to marry him, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther's heart lies with the Hasidic shopkeeper, Mr. Marks, from whom she buys cloth, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both."

Nottage's plays also include the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined; as well as By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; and Crumbs from the Table of Joy.



Tickets are $15. For tickets visit WestportPlayhouse.org.