In Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Esther and Mayme are leading ladies and best friends.
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The stage is set under a canopy of stars and against the backdrop of Chautauqua Lake. James Dean Palmer, directing fellow at Chautaqua Theater Company, will present an outdoor version of Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee’s Church at 9:30 p.m. tonight at the School of Art Quad.
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For every new play written about an Esther Mills, it seems there are a dozen more about Mary Todd Lincoln’s black seamstress, Martin Luther King Jr.’s black hotel maid and Woodrow Wilson’s black stenographer. It is simply easier for playwrights to get a commission when they choose to focus on African-American characters who are connected to known historical figures.
After playwright Lynn Nottage won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, she said in an interview that she finds her characters and stories in varied places. Sometimes in a newspaper, “obscure historical texts” or dinner party conversations.
A perfect piece of apparel is nothing without the reliable threads that bind it together. The same idea works in theater; a good play is nothing without a strong set of actors.
It all began with a photograph. While cleaning through her grandmother’s things, Lynn Nottage found a picture of her great-grandmother with a Barbadian. Nottage was aware that her great-grandmother was a seamstress who specialized in making intimate apparel for ladies, and of her connection to the Caribbean island of Barbados, but that picture made her curious.
Life is unpredictable, but that hasn’t stopped guest conductor James Meena from planning to die at the helm of the orchestra.
While English is the official language in 83 countries and spoken in 105 other countries, there many more people who