GREENFIELD, MA – Silverthorne Theater Company announced today that open auditions for its 2022-23 Season show, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, will be held on Saturday, November 12, at UMass Amherst Theater Department, Studio 204 in the Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.  The show runs from March 10 through 17, 2023. Jasmine Brooks directs.

Audition slots are available from 1-5 pm.  Callbacks will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 1-4pm, also in Studio 204 at UMass. To reserve a slot, call 413-768-7514, or send your request to silverthornetheater@gmail.com. Auditioners are asked to submit recent headshots and current resumes to silverthornetheater@gmail.com. Video submissions will be considered if received by Friday, November 11.  Anyone submitting a video would need to be available for the Sunday callbacks. Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all auditioners.  Call 413-768-7514 or go to silverthornetheater.org for more details.

About the Director: 

Jasmine Brooks is a Boston-based director and producer. She has previously worked at Company One Theatre as the Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer in Residence. as a director and producer. She recently served as Assistant Director for A.R.T.’s production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and is currently Associate Director for The Huntington’s production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone in October. Her work has been centered on being a fierce advocate for marginalized communities and celebrating black joy.

About The Play:

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.

Character Breakdown:

ESTHER, African-American, early 30’s to early 40’s, A seamstress in New York City who makes

She is described by herself and others as being a plain and unattractive woman. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy

MRS DICKSON, African-American, 50’s or 60’s, owner of the boarding house where Esther lives.

MRS VAN BUREN, white, American, early 30’s to early 40’s, wealthy woman who lives on Fifth Avenue and is a client of Esther’s

Note: this role includes on stage intimacy

MR MARKS, Romanian Orthodox Jewish immigrant, early 30’s to early 40’s, A fabric salesman who regards Esther as his favorite customer and is devout to his religion

MAYME, African-American, late 20’s to late 30’s, a prostitute who lives in the Tenderloin District, and a friend and customer to Esther. She is also a talented piano player.  Note: The character plays the piano (not required, but please let us know if you do play piano), this role includes on stage intimacy

GEORGE, Barbadian immigrant, early 30’s to mid 40’s, A man who works on the Panama Canal and writes letters to Esther. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy

What to prepare:

Please bring a headshot and resume, and prepare a monologue up to 90 seconds

Silverthorne Theater Company is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization founded in 2014. Our mission is to present adventurous, thought-provoking theatrical experiences, including productions of classic, contemporary and new works for diverse audiences. We perform in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on the ancestral lands of the Nipmuc, Pocumtuck, and Wabenaki peoples.
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