Vanessa Williams, Dawnn Lewis, David St. Louis To Slip Into Intimate Apparel in Pasadena | Playbill

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News Vanessa Williams, Dawnn Lewis, David St. Louis To Slip Into Intimate Apparel in Pasadena The new Pasadena Playhouse production of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, directed by artistic director Sheldon Epps, will star Kristy Johnson, Dawnn Lewis, Angel Reda, Adam J. Smith, David St. Louis and Vanessa Williams.

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Performances of the play about a seamstress who serves rich folk and outsiders alike, while facing the affections of two men, will play Nov. 6-Dec. 2. Opening night is Nov. 11. Single tickets are now on sale.

Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Ruined, and also penned By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

According to Pasadena Playhouse notes, "In Intimate Apparel, the time is 1905 in New York City and Esther [Vanessa Williams, of "Soul Food" and "Melrose Place"], a middle-aged black seamstress, has learned to make ends meet by teaching herself to sew beautiful and delicate lingerie for her uptown and downtown clientele. After nearly two decades of loneliness and watching the younger and prettier girls come and go in the boarding house she rents from, Esther finds solace and possible romance in letters from George [David St. Louis], a handsome, young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal. Re-energized by his affectionate words, but hindered by illiteracy, Esther confides in two of her patrons, Mrs. Van Buren [Angel Reda], a rich white socialite, and Mayme [Kristy Johnson], a prostitute, to pen her letters back to George. Meanwhile, Esther's heart also seems to lie with Mr. Marks [Adam J. Smith], the Hasidic shopkeeper who relishes in sharing his exquisite finds of satins and silks and has also grown increasingly fond of Esther." Dawnn Lewis plays Mrs. Dickinson.

Intimate Apparel won the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding ff-Broadway Play.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. For information, visit

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