“Intimate Apparel” depicts an exquisite, emotional story of longing, love, and betrayal, and what’s more, a timeless story of a woman’s strength and courage.
The backstory takes place in 1905, detailing an illiterate Black seamstress living in a New York City women’s boarding house, and sewing intimate apparel for women of different backgrounds.
Lonely, longing for a husband and a future, the seamstress saves a large sum of money.
And, there’s correspondence that unfolds between the lonely seamstress and a lonely man who works on the Panama Canal. However, a strong attraction erupts with a Jewish man who sells the seamstress the fabric that she uses to sew.
What to do? What can be done?
St. Augustine production
That’s what’s happening in “Intimate Apparel,” winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award, written by Lynn Nottage.
Patric Robinson is directing the St. Augustine drama.
A Classic Theatre’s “Intimate Apparel” will be staged at The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.
The timetable has been set for Feb. 16, 17, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 24, 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 18, 25, 2 p.m.
“Intimate Apparel” stars Lisa Lockhart as Esther, our own Melinda J. Morais as Mrs. Dickson, Elizabeth Myers, Mrs. Van Buren; Meredith Wolfe, Mayme; John Grayauskie, Mr. Marks; and Ben Douse as George.
The play’s off-Broadway production opened in 2004, premiering in New York City, and starring veteran actress Viola Davis.
Honored for role
The Brooklyn-born Nottage has what it takes to write “Intimate Apparel,” as well as “The Notorious Mr. Bout,” “First to Fall,” “Remote Control,” and plays that are content on dealing with the lives of African-American women. She is successfully an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.
Morais added, “I was introduced to ACT (A Classic Theater, a notable theater company) at the Lincolnville Museum with the performance of ‘Zora and Marjorie’ – which was outstanding – and I wanted to know what they had in store for the future.
“When I received the announcement of the auditions for Lynn Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel,’” Morais continued, “I was so excited that ACT was bringing her play here, I auditioned, and to my surprise was cast as Mrs. Dickson.
“I am honored to play this role with a wonderful cast and director. I hope I perform up to the quality that ACT is known for,” said Morais.
Actor, director, producer
Morais, a native New Yorker, has performed as coordinator, model, dancer, mistress of ceremonies, motivational speaker, and actress.
She, along with her ex-husband, William Shea Douglas, now deceased, produced jazz concerts with legendary musicians Freddy Hubbard, Art Blakey, Nancy Wilson and Admad Jamal at Lincoln Center.
She has produced and directed “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” She has written and directed “What God Has Done for Me, He can Do For You,” which was staged several times and based on the life of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
Morais attends the National Black Theater Festival (NBTF) biennially in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has directed several readings for the festival’s reading series.
She is second vice president of the African American Cultural Society and has served on the Executive Committee of the Flagler County NAACP, in addition to the Women’s Advisory Board and Humanities Advisory Council of Bethune-Cookman University.
In 1988, Morais was recognized and published in “Outstanding Young Women in America.”
Tickets are $20 per person and available online at http://www.aclassictheatre.org/tickets. They will be held at the box office for the performance of your choice.
Moreover, tickets purchased after 5 p.m. on the evening’s performance, or after- noon on the matinee’s performance, may not show up on the reservation sheet.
Only cash or a check will be accepted at the door.
For further details, call 904-501-5093.
Mayhews to host marriage conference
Pastor Mark Mayhew and First Lady Sylvia Mayhew of United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church (UEMOC) have announced a marriage conference with the theme, ‘Marriage Is All About Teamwork.’’
The Mayhews say that Marriage Conference 2018 will provide an exciting time for couples and singles as well to glean from the informative event.
It will take place at United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church, 99 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
“Come see how we delve into this most interesting topic to gain a winning relationship in the Kingdom…Marriage = Team + Work,” refrained the Mayhews.
You will delve in, led by presenters: Pastor Rick and Margie Carrillo of New Life Bible Church, Orange City;
Minister Enrique and Keia Davis, New Hope Christian Ministries, Stockbridge, Georgia; and Bishop Theotis and Elder Vernether White, Zion Hopewell Full Gospel Family Worship Center, Gilbert, South Carolina.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly has signed on to be the special guest.
That’s Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
The donation is $50 per couple.
For further details, call 850-774-3028.
Exchange of vows for Durbin, George
Because the month of February somewhat is rooted in “love,” I’m privy to announce that Harold Durbin and Cynthia George have created happy memories together.
The couple leaped into marital bliss on Jan. 3, officiated by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover at First Church.
Family and friends joined the duo for dinner and dancing at Town Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The bride is the daughter of Roy and Gloria Benjamin.
The bride and groom have made their home in New York, where the bride is a systems analyst and the groom is a veterans counselor.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to William “BJ” Jones, Lileth Vaz, Feb. 18; Mamie Cauley, Feb. 19; and the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Feb. 20.
Happy anniversary to James and Ruby Sims, Feb. 20.