‘Intimate Apparel’ opens in Monmouth July 25

MONMOUTH — The final mainstage production of Theater at Monmouth’s What Dreams May Come Golden Anniversary Season is Lynn Nottage’s exquisite tome of longing and determination, “Intimate Apparel.”
In 1905, an African-American seamstress supports herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love that she’s yearned for, but it is nothing like she expected.
The historical romance by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nottage creates a portrait of a young woman’s determination and the true meaning of intimacy. Inspired by a true story, “Intimate Apparel” is a heart-rending contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic — from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.
The run begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, and continues through Aug. 16, including matinee and evening performances on both weekdays and weekends.
“Intimate Apparel” features Amber Baldwin as Esther; Caitlin Duffy as Mrs. Van Buren; Kara Green as Mayme; Lawrence James as George; Tessa Martin as Mrs. Dickson; and Robert Najarian as Mr. Marks. Set design is by Meg Anderson, costume design by Michelle Handley, lighting design by Jennifer Fok and sound design by Rew Tippin.
For ticket, schedule and other information, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org, email the box office at boxoffice@theateratmonmouth.org or call 207-933-9999 after 11 a.m.

PHOTO: Amber Baldwin as Esther and Lawrence James as George in Theater at Monmouth’s production of “Intimate Apparel.” (Aaron Flacke photo)