Quincy Tyler Bernstine to Star in Intimate Apparel at McCarter Theatre Center
Lynn Nottage's drama rounds out the New Jersey theater's 2016-17 season.
McCarter Theatre Center has announced casting for Intimate Apparel, the final production of its 2016-17 season. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat) and directed by Jade King Carroll, performances will run from May 5-June 4.
Intimate Apparel had its New York City debut in 2004 at the Roundabout Theatre Company, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play. The story is described as follows: "In 1905 Manhattan, Esther Mills sews beautiful corsets for a living. Her art and talents have earned her economic independence rare for an unmarried woman of color and allows her access to diverse social worlds. Despite her success, Esther yearns for physical and emotional intimacy, and begins a romantic correspondence with George, a laborer working half a world away on the Panama Canal. Her hopes and dreams are laid bare through a series of encounters with her clients, her landlady, and an Orthodox Jewish fabric merchant with whom she shares an unspoken attraction."
The cast includes Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Small Mouth Sounds) as Esther, Jessica Frances Dukes (Bootycandy) as Mayme, Tasso Feldman as Mr. Marks, Galen Kane as George, Kate MacCluggage (The Farnsworth Invention) as Mrs. Van Buren, and Brenda Pressley (The Lyons) as Mrs. Dickson.
In addition to director Jade King Carrol, the all-female design team includes scenic designer Alexis Distler, costume designer Dede M. Ayite, lighting designer Nicole Pearce, and sound designer Karin Graybash.