Rachel Christopher to Step in for Extended INTIMATE APPAREL at Shakespeare & Company

Rachel Christopher to Step in for Extended INTIMATE APPAREL at Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company adds two more performances to its Intimate Apparel run. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by long-time Company member Daniela Varon, the performances have been selling out, similarly to their production of 4000 Miles last month.

With two additional matinee performances on Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9, the critically acclaimed and award-winning show runs in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre through August 13, 2017.

Artistic Director Allyn Burrows said, "we're thrilled and honored to present such a powerful voice as Lynn Nottage's in our 40th Anniversary Season and especially with such a sublime group of collaborators."

In addition to the added performances, the Company announced that actress, Rachel Christopher, will be replacing Medina Senghore as Mayme beginning with the August 1 performance. The Company congratulates Senghore who joins the Syfy series Happy!, based on the Grant Morrison and DaRick Robertson graphic novel, premiering this fall. Senghore will be a series regular alongside Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt.

Intimate Apparel features veteran Shakespeare & Company members Nehassaiu deGannes and ChristiAnna Nelson. Playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctly drawn. A letter arrives, romance and betrayal follow, and six lives are forever changed.

Tickets for Intimate Apparel are available online at shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company's box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts. This production is generously sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation.


Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Daniela Varon

Production Team:
Set Designer: Sandra Goldmark
Lighting Designer: James W. Bilnoski
Costume Designer: Molly Trainer
Sound Designer: Christopher Peifer
Projection Designer: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
Stage Manager: Tori Sheehan
Composer/Music Director: Scott Killian

MRS. DICKSON: MaConnia Chesser
MAYME: Rachel Christopher
GEORGE: Lee Edward Colston II
ESTHER: Nehassaiu deGannes
MRS. VAN BUREN: ChristiAnna Nelson
Mr. Marks: Tommy Schrider

More About Rachel Christopher: (Mayme, Intimate Apparel). New York: Yelena, Minor Character, Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater); Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, (The Play Company); Lauren, At the Table, (Fault Line Theatre); Regional: Paulina, The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Chelle, Detroit '67 (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Helena, A Midsummer NIght's Dream (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Jory, Disgraced (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Susan Johnston, The Heidi Chronicles (Trinity Repertory Company); Sonia, Crime and Punishment (Trinity Rep); Alma, Yellowman (Trinity Rep); Zero Cost House, (Pig Iron); House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Western Country (Williamstown Theatre Festival); TV/Film: Girl on the Train, Untouchable, Billions, Elementary. MFA from Brown/Trinity Rep.

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to Shakespeare & Company's internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and nationally renowned and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

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