TITLE: INTIMATE APPAREL
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.
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.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
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.