In Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Esther and Mayme are leading ladies and best friends.
It all began with a photograph. While cleaning through her grandmother’s things, Lynn Nottage found a picture of her great-grandmother with a Barbadian. Nottage was aware that her great-grandmother was a seamstress who specialized in making intimate apparel for ladies, and of her connection to the Caribbean island of Barbados, but that picture made her curious.
With the end of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 30th anniversary season, the 14 conservatory students and five fellows packed up their gear and left the grounds. With three professional productions under their belts — and faced with challenges such as designing on top of a circus set or wearing a gorilla suit — the students-turned-professionals are ready for their next ventures.
Bruce Norris’ play Clybourne Park is sort of like a theatrical double-feature — two for the price of one.
Many of the actors and fellows who are part of the Chautauqua Theater Company’s conservatory are on the grounds for the same reason as most Chautauquans: They’re here to learn.