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Sierra Rep Staging ‘Intimate Apparel’ In Sonora
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Jasmine Rush and Emily Gatesman in “Intimate Apparel” which is currently showing at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora. Photo By Rich Miller Photography

Just a few more shows remain as Sierra Repertory Theatre is presenting two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.”

The production will be helmed by the company’s Producing Artistic Director Scott Viets. This winner of the 2004 Steinberg New Play Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award plays for a limited engagement at the East Sonora Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 28.

“As a director, there is nothing more thrilling for me than reading a play for the first time and getting goosebumps, tears, or even gasping out loud,” said Viets. “Exquisitely written with characters you can’t help but invest in, Intimate Apparel skillfully balances beauty and poetry while at the same time being agonizingly real. I love a great play that continues to have impact worthy of discussion well after the curtain has come down and I can’t wait to have SRT audiences discover it.”

Tickets for Intimate Apparel can be purchased online at, or by phone at (209) 532-3120, or by visiting the East Sonora Theatre Box Office (Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora. Performances at the East Sonora Theatre continue through Sunday, Oct. 28.

Performance times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $32 to $47. Discounts for seniors, children, and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available.

Esther, a proud and shy African-American seamstress, creates exquisite lingerie for both Fifth Avenue boudoirs and tenderloin bordellos. She lives in a New York City boarding house in the early 1900s. One by one, the other denizens 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 over the years to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. The role of Esther was originated by Academy Award Winner Viola Davis.

For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre and upcoming shows, visit or call the box office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at