College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Intimate Apparel

University Theatre

Initmate Apparel poster

University Theatre
8 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16, 17, 18
2 p.m. Nov. 19

Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Linda Bisesti

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, African-American seamstress Esther lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients to make her living. Her skills with the needle and thread in high demand, Esther’s clients range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. Esther dreams of using the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for, but a man she meets through letter exchanges threatens to upend her plans. Based on the life of the playwright’s great-grandmother, “Intimate Apparel” is the story of the determination to fulfill a dream, and remaining unbroken in spite of betrayal.