TheatreSquared’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ opens this week

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The newest show from TheatreSquared is now playing at Nadine Baum Studios.

Intimate Apparel, the award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Lynn Nottage, opened officially on Wednesday, March 22, and runs through April 16.

The show, which has won five national awards for best play, is a turn-of the century story about the empowerment of Esther, an African American seamstress who sews brilliantly intricate ‘intimates’ for high society and the “red light” women of the period.

Critics have called the show “justly acclaimed” and “beautifully written.”

“Intimate Apparel is an incredibly compelling play, seamlessly interweaving threads of race, class, and religion into a beautiful story,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “It’s set in a New York boarding house more than 100 years ago, but it resonates powerfully today. Just as it did off-Broadway and in many of our country’s best theatres, Intimate Apparel will spark meaningful conversations in Northwest Arkansas after a transporting theatrical experience.”

Playwright Lynn Nottage is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a MacArthur “genius” grant recipient whose most recent play, Sweat, is currently on Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater. Her plays include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), and others. She is currently working with the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre to adapt Intimate Apparel as a full-length opera.

The show is directed by Shana Gold, who previously directed Rapture Blister Burn, Reasons to be Pretty, 4000 Miles, Proof and Underneath The Lintel at TheatreSquared.

The cast includes Ryan Anderson, Joslyn Jones, Laura Shatkus, Jason Shipman, Toya Turner, and Britney Walker-Merritte.

Tickets to the show range from $15-45, and are on sale now. To purchase, visit the Walton Arts Center box office, call them at 479-443-5600, or visit