Mon07282014

Stepping Out

Pear’s ‘Apparel’ continues run

The Pear Avenue Theatre is scheduled to present “Intimate Apparel,” directed by Pear Avenue Theatre veteran Troy Johnson, 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.

Esther’s pursuit of her dreams reflects the hopes and struggles of a woman caught by time and social constraint.

The production features Alicia Stamps as Esther, with Michael Wayne Rice as George and Jarrod Pirtle as Mr. Marks. The cast also includes Kendra Owens as boardinghouse owner Mrs. Dickson, Maggie Mason as society maven Mrs. Van Buren and Yhà Mourhia Wright as Mayme. Stamps and Mason are making their Pear Avenue Theatre debuts.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.

Tickets are $15-$30.

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

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