Intimate Apparel

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel” tells the story of a 1905 successful African American seamstress who makes revolutionary undergarments for an array of women – from high-society socialites to enterprising ladies of the night. Her business, innovative skills, and utter discretion are much in demand, but at 35, her personal life has taken a backseat. “Intimate Apparel” explores her forbidden relationships with an Orthodox Jewish fabric vendor, her privileged and struggling clientele, and a long-distance suitor who will profoundly change her life.

Three Things to Know:

  1. Intimate Apparel ran Off-Broadway in 2004 and featured Viola Davis as Esther, the main character. 
  2. Lynn Nottage wrote Intimate Apparel as a tribute to her great-grandmother, a seamstress in early-20th-century New York.
  3. Lynn Nottage is the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice.

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