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Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2020
By Lynn Nottage

About the Play/Event

Director: Brooke Aston
Run: Mar. 23 — Mar. 25, 2020 , Performs May 16 - June 13, 2020


Due to the Corona Virus and the uncertainly of any plans in the near future, we will be postponing the auditions for INTIMATE APPAREL to a later date.  We will let people know the new dates when events are more certain, but right now, it will likely be later in the year.

Thank you for your understanding!


AUTHOR: Lynn Nottage

DIRECTOR: Brooke Aston

RUN:  May 16th – June 13th, 2020

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.

This is a community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. 



Open Call: 

Dates: Monday, March 23rd & Tuesday, 24th, 2020

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse  


Date and Time: Wednesday, March 25th; 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.


First Read-Through: Saturday, March 28th, Noon – 3pm

Regular Rehearsal: Starting on Sunday, March 29th, Mondays – Thursdays, 7pm – 10pm; Saturdays, Noon – 4pm, and some select Sundays, 5pm – 8pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse




Bring headshot and resume. 

Prepare 1 dramatic monologue no longer than 1 minute, prepare 2nd monologue if possible.

Sides will be provided for Callback


The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. She has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor. She begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Barbadian man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Orthodox Jewish shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George. When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther’s savings. Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams.


ESTHER (African American, F, 35) The protagonist of the play; a black seamstress in New York who sews intimate apparel for ladies of all levels of society. She is described by herself and others as being a plain and unattractive woman. (This role requires intimate contact.)

GEORGE (African American, M, 35-50) Barbadian man working on the Panama Canal. Barbadian Accent Required. (This role requires intimate contact.)

MAYME (African American, F,  25-45) A black sex worker. Though Esther disapproves of Mayme’s line of work, the two are close. Mayme initially moved to New York in the hope of playing ragtime piano in fancy clubs in Europe. (This role requires intimate contact.)

MRS. VAN BUREN (Caucasian, F, 25-35) A wealthy white woman for whom Esther sews lingerie. Mrs. Van Buren is mostly successful at disguising her Southern roots, is a part of New York high society but she’s extremely lonely and insecure. (This role requires intimate contact.)

MR. MARKS (Romanian Jew, 25-45) A fabric seller who likely immigrated to the U.S. sometime in the last ten years. Mr. Marks is a bright and passionate man; he loves beautiful fabrics and the stories he learns about them. Eastern European  Accent Required.

MRS. DICKSON (African American, F, 35-50) The woman who owns the boardinghouse where Esther lives. Mrs. Dickson is proper and well to do.


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