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Auditions on the Statesboro Campus

One Acts

Wednesday, Jan. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the
Center for Art and Theatre

All are welcome!  Sides will be available, you do not need to have anything prepared.

Auditions on the Armstrong Campus

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage on the Armstrong Campus

Performance Dates: March 30-April 2

Audition Dates: Jan. 17 & 18 at 6:30 p.m. Jenkins Hall Mainstage

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Synopsis: The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George. When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther’s savings, frittering it away on whores and liquor. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life’s experiences.

Cast Breakdown: 

EstherEsther Mills is a 35-year-old African American seamstress specializing in delicate lingerie. After accepting a pen pal’s proposal, she finds herself in a lonely marriage to a resentful philanderer.
Mr. MarksRomanian-born fabric seller Mr. Marks is a gentle, handsome orthodox Jew about the same age as Esther. Despite their racial and cultural differences, he and Esther feel strongly drawn to each other.
GeorgeGeorge Armstrong is a laborer from Barbados working on building the Panama Canal. After courting Esther by letter, he comes to New York and marries her.
Mr. CharlesMr. Charles, who never appears onstage, is the head bellman at a fancy hotel who frequently visits Mrs. Dickson’s boarding house. His interest in Esther is unreturned.
Corinna MaeAlthough she does not appear onstage, the milestones in the life of Esther’s fellow lodger Corinna Mae oddly parallel those in Esther’s life. The play opens with a celebration of Corinna Mae’s wedding and ends with news of her pregnancy.
Mrs. DicksonThe middle-aged widow who runs the rooming house where Esther lives, Mrs. Dickson has known Esther for nearly 20 years. She feels a deep maternal fondness for the younger woman.
HarryMrs. Van Buren’s wealthy husband, Harry, doesn’t appear onstage, but his wife often talks to Esther about him. He blames his wife for not getting pregnant and stays away from home as much as possible.
MaymeMayme is a stunning 30-year-old prostitute who is Esther’s customer and friend. George becomes one of Mayme’s clients, and she falls in love with him.
Mrs. Van BurenMrs. Van Buren is a high-society wife in her 30s who can’t manage to get her husband’s attention and takes solace in alcohol. She develops a crush on Esther, who is the only person she can confide in.

Last updated: 2/6/2023