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THEATRE PROGRAM PRODUCES POWERFUL STORY ABOUT THE RESILIENCY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT

The Theatre Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage for nine public performances at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus from November 14-24, 2019. The schedule includes performances on Thursdays, November 14 & 21 at 7pm; Fridays, November 15 & 22 at 3pm; Saturdays, November 16 & 23 at 7pm; Sundays, November 17 & 24 at 2pm and Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm.
 
Written by the first female playwright to win two Pulitzer Prizes, the play offers a powerful story about the resiliency of the human spirit. Driven by passion and a determination to build a better life for herself, a brilliant African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York diligently saves her earnings and daydreams of the life she longs to create.  Sought after for making intimate apparel for diverse clientele, she delicately navigates the complex structures of race, class and societal divides when a devastating betrayal costs her nearly everything. 

“As a playwright, Lynn Nottage brings marginalized voices to the forefront of her stories. Intimate Apparel is no exception,” says director Kim Stauffer. “An African American seamstress in 1905 is our unlikely hero. Through her work making intimate apparel and undergarments for women, she finds herself in worlds into which she would never otherwise have been permitted. The audience becomes witnesses as she weaves her way through the complex societal fabric of race, gender and religion.”

Assistant Director Iniabasi Nelson comments, “Intimate Apparel is an important story to tell because it sheds some light on the struggles of African American women. The show is about empowerment - the different levels of power women hold in this world and how men are relevant to that power.”

Besides Stauffer and Nelson, the creative team includes Dialect Coach Jacqueline Springfield,    Costume Designer Reneé M. Bell, Set Designer Lily Fossner, Lighting Designer Andi Lyons and Sound Designer Dimitri Vasilakos.

The cast is comprised of six UAlbany Theatre Program students: Catherine Dickerson, Tracee Herbert, Joseph Olawoye, Savannah McClain, Maddy Rolon and Bart LoPiccolo with Natasha Daniels, Carla Ellis, Keyshaun Hendrick, Wilson Hettinger and Bridget Maye as understudies.   

Post show discussions will take place after the November 20 & 21 performances. Both will be facilitated by Tracee Herbert, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Theatre Program. The latter will feature Jean-Remy Monnay from the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY.

Advance tickets are $17 for the general public and $12 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $22 for the general public and $17 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of Intimate Apparel for high school groups on Tuesday, November 19 at 10am. Educators wishing to receive information and/or make reservations for this matinee should contact the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s main office at (518) 442-3995 or PAC@albany.edu.