Intimate Apparel
Portland Premiere

Intimate Apparel

September 9 - October 5, 2014
Alder Stage

By Lynn Nottage
Directed By Michael Mendelson
Designs by Resident Artists Mary McDonald-Lewis & Rodolfo Ortega

Set in 1905 NYC, this riveting tale is about the empowerment of Esther, an African American seamstress who creates exquisite lingerie for Fifth Avenue boudoirs and red-light brothels. As she yearns for a different life, she finds unconventional friendships with clients that defy race, religion and class. Artists Rep kicks off the 2014/15 season with the long-awaited Portland debut of this award-winning, Off-Broadway and regional theatre sensation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Alder Stage

1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205


“…dreamy and vigorous, thoughtful yet rife with action.”

Holly Johnson, The Oregonian

“you keep leaning forward in your chair, wanting to know more. … Intimate Apparel is a small, beautiful story told well, without embellishment. How I wish more theatre artists would learn from this example.”

Patrick Brassell, Broadway World

… a triumph with a stellar cast … must-see season opener.”

Nathan Tucker, Portland Monthly Magazine


Sara Hennessy
Mrs. Van Buren
Chris Harder
Mr. Marks
Vin Shambry
Demene E. Hall
Mrs. Dickson


Production Team

Jack O’Brien
Scenic Designer
Sarah Gahagan
Costume Designer
Brent J. Sullivan
Lighting Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Composer / Sound Designer
Natalie Rae Heikkinen
Props Master
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Gavin Hales
Stage Manager
Jessica Evans Irvine
Assistant Director / Dramaturg
Will Bailey
Production Assistant