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Norcross, GA

Open Auditions: "Intimate Apparel" at the Lionheart Theatre Company (Non-Equity)

Lionheart Theatre Company

Open Auditions: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Lionheart Theatre Company

Directed by Myrna Feldman


  • Sunday, August 18th at 6:00 pm 
  • Monday, August 19th at 7:00 pm
  • Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 pm

Location:  10 College Street, Norcross, GA  30071

Performance dates:  November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

Audition will consist of cold readings from the script.  Appointments are not necessary.  Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required.  Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between September 4 (including weekends) and the dates of the show.  A full rehearsal schedule will be available at the read through.  Actors’ conflicts will be taken into consideration.

The read through will be Tuesday, August 27th at 7:00 pm.

Rehearsals will begin September 4th.

Non-equity; non-paying.

Show description:

It’s 1905 in 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 black prostitutes. She has managed to save over the years and stuff a good sum of money into her quilt.  One by one, the other ladies 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 Armstrong 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.  When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be.


  • Esther, Mrs. Dickson, Mayme, and George are black; Mrs. Van Buren and Mr. Marks are white.
  • The play takes place in New York City and all characters except George should sound Northern; no Southern accents.  George has a mild Caribbean accent.
  • Mrs. Van Buren and Mayme will need to wear corsets in a scene.

Esther, 30-40, is a plain looking woman, intelligent, but not educated.  She is a skilled seamstress and sews intimate apparel for everyone from prostitutes to high class women.  Esther is in every scene of the play and will need to attend all rehearsals.

Mrs. Van Buren, 30-40, is a wealthy woman who lives on Fifth Avenue.  She is respected in society but has an empty life and loveless marriage. 

Mrs. Dickson, 40-55, is the landlady of the New York rooming house where Esther lives.  She is a widow, a handsome woman and well-spoken.

Mr. Marks, 30-40, is a Romanian immigrant and owns the fabric store where Esther shops.  An Orthodox Jew, he has an arranged marriage with a woman in Romania he has never met, and is forbidden from touching any other woman.  However, he and Esther share an intense mutual attraction.  Mr. Marks will need to have a moustache and full beard.

Mayme, 25-35, is a prostitute; sultry, sexy, and very beautiful.  She and Esther are friends in spite of their very different lives and characters.  Mayme plays the piano and sings.  Actual piano playing a big plus!

George, 30-40, is a Barbadian immigrant who is working on digging the Panama Canal.  He is rugged and classically attractive.  When he reads the letters he receives from Esther, he should be convincingly romantic.  In his real life dealings with Esther, he is cold and unfeeling.

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