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Rutgers Theater Company presents Lynn Nottage’s "Intimate Apparel" April 20-28

Aaliyah Muneerah Habeeb, Angel Moore and Christina Norris

How can we construct a reality that rivals our most romantic dreams? In Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, an unmarried African-American seamstress and small businesswoman yearns for satisfaction in love. Intimate Apparel, set in New York City in 1905, runs from Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Philip J. Levin Theater. Mason Gross alumna Michole Biancosino directs.

As a modest but astute seamstress fashioning delicate undergarments for women across social strata, Esther Mills observes her clients in their most intimate moments. She learns that everyone, from the prostitute to the socialite, is preoccupied with one thing—love.

“The women in the play all have or had a certain idea about love and marriage, and their reality makes them wish for something else,” Biancosino says. “They all have romantic notions. They all long for the status of a relationship.”

And though the play takes place in an era when new immigrants met African-American transplants from the nation’s South and the wealthy denizens of old-guard Manhattan, Biancosino insists that Nottage weaves a contemporary strain of thought into the fabric of Intimate Apparel.

“These themes resonate: What it means to be in love, what it means to have a dream and work for a dream,” Biancosino says, “what it means when the romantic ideal isn’t the reality.”

Intimate Apparel runs from Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Philip J. Levin Theater. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors and only $15 for students with valid ID. The Philip J. Levin Theater is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 732-932-7511.

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