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Pear gets ‘Intimate’ : Prize-winning play opens Friday


Photo By: Courtesy of Pear Avenue Theatre
Photo Courtesy Of Pear Avenue Theatre

Alicia Stamps and Jarrod Pirtle star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “Intimate Apparel.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre is scheduled to present “Intimate Apparel,” directed by Pear Avenue Theatre veteran Troy Johnson, Friday through Jan. 27 in Mountain View.

Playwright Lynn Nottage’s great-grandmother, an African-American seamstress who sewed her way out of poverty, inspired the prize-winning play.

“Apparel” takes place in 1905 New York City, where a woman named Esther makes a living creating corsets and delicate lingerie.

Esther’s loneliness is relieved by a correspondence with George, a handsome young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal, and a surprising friendship with Mr. Marks, the Hasidic haberdasher who loves to share his beautiful satins and silks with Esther and is also growing fonder of her.

Mr. Marks, however, is from a different walk of life and another race, and a relationship with him seems impossible. So Esther settles for marriage to George, which proves disastrous.

The production features Alicia Stamps (as Esther), Michael Wayne Rice (George) and Jarrod Pirtle (Mr. Marks). The cast also includes Kendra Owens (Mrs. Dickson), Maggie Mason (Mrs. Van Buren) and Yhà Mourhia D. Wright (Mayme).

The production team includes Melinda Marks (assistant director), Ron Gasparinetti (set design), Sara Sparks (lighting design and stage management), Patricia Tyler (props and costumes) and Jeanie and Gordon Smith (sound design).

Shows are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday’s show is a preview and Friday is opening night. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave. Tickets are $15-$30.

For advance tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.

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