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'Intimate Apparel' Hits The Stage At Westport Playhouse

The cast of "Intimate Apparel" includes (front, from left) Isaiah Johnson, Nikki E. Walker, Tommy Schrider and (back, from left)  Leighton Bryan, Heather Alicia Simms, and Aleta Mitchell. The show at Westport Country Playhouse begins Oct. 7.
The cast of "Intimate Apparel" includes (front, from left) Isaiah Johnson, Nikki E. Walker, Tommy Schrider and (back, from left) Leighton Bryan, Heather Alicia Simms, and Aleta Mitchell. The show at Westport Country Playhouse begins Oct. 7. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Country Playhouse will stage Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel" from Oct. 7 through Nov. 1.

The play is a love story that confronts race and religion and is directed by Mary B. Robinson. It is the recipient of the American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play.

“’Intimate Apparel’ is a beautiful way to celebrate the end of a season of theater worth talking about,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse's artistic director. “This delicate evocation of the intersection of lives, of people yearning for love and acceptance in both personal and universal ways, speaks to all who are fortunate enough to see it.

"I'm thrilled that this 10th anniversary revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's powerful and evocative play will be helmed by the gifted Mary B. Robinson.”

“Intimate Apparel” weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of Esther, a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan as she negotiates the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true.

Playing the central role of Esther will be Nikki E. Walker. She was in Broadway’s “An American Plan,” “Trickle” and “Building a Popera,” with regional credits including “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Intimate Apparel.” On television, she is in “Orange Is the New Black.”

Other members of the cast include Leighton Bryan, Aleta Mitchell, Isaiah Johnson,Tommy Schrider and Heather Alicia Simms.

Robinson has directed many plays in New York and regional theater, including “Three Viewings,” “Lemon Sky,” “Moonchildren” and “A Shayna Maidel.” She was artistic director of Philadelphia Drama Guild and associate artistic director of Hartford Stage Company with Lamos.

Single tickets start at $30. Performances are Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Concurrent with the run of “Intimate Apparel,” the Playhouse will present a community engagement initiative, “Threads of Time, Fabric of History: ‘Intimate Apparel’ in Context,” examining the play’s multifaceted themes of labor, immigration, race, religion, New York at the turn of the 20th century, class relations, and women’s issues.  Programming will include speakers, panels, educator workshop, film, family events, and a month-long lobby exhibit, as well as events off-campus.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online at www.westportplayhouse.org,

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