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Photo Gallery | 'Intimate Apparel' starts tomorrow at Venice Theatre

Venice, Florida -- Venice Theatre’s upcoming Stage II drama is 2003’s Intimate Apparel written by the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. 

The production opens in the 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 27. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

Intimate Apparel, inspired by the life of the playwright’s own great-grandmother, is set in 1905 New York City. The story paints what New York critics called “a deeply moving portrait” of Esther, a successful African American seamstress. Esther moves seamlessly through society’s strata as she sews intimate apparel for clients ranging from prostitutes to upper class society women. 

At the crux of the script is the relationship between Esther and the Jewish merchant (Mr. Marks) from whom she buys her fabric. The conventions of the day keep Esther and Mr. Marks from acknowledging their feelings for one another. Esther chooses instead to marry George, a man from Barbados she has only met through letters.

Intimate Apparel features a small ensemble cast directed by Candace Artim.  Artim often tackles emotional, character-driven pieces, having recently worked on Venice Theatre’s productions of Rabbit Hole and the lighter-hearted Dixie Swim Club.  She invites patrons to take in this intimate drama to find out more about Esther’s remarkable journey. 

Tickets are $25-$28 for adults, $13-$15 for students, and are on sale now at the theatre’s box office, online at www.venicestage.com or by phone at 941-488-1115.

Venice Theatre is located at 140 West Tampa Avenue on the island in Venice. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday; and one hour before all performances.