BY VALERIE VICTOR
The York College Theatre presents a new play this season called, "Intimate Apparel," by Lynn Nottage. The play is about romance and betrayal with a lot of underlying messages mixed in throughout the show. "The seamstress falls in love and gets her heart broken, and everything that happens after that is a sight to see," said Marianne Tiesler-Megna, 50, a York College Political Science Major.
To prepare for opening the cast did a lot of research into the 1900s according to the play's Director, Janice Capuana. "We did research to the year 1905 to prepare for this play. It's about an african-american woman in New York City during a time when women were at the bottom of the totem pole," said Capuana. "We really needed to understand the time and the period to really have the actors portray these characters well."
The plot develops as the main character Esther, a seamstress played by Danielle Taylor, has dreams to open a beauty salon, and everything she encounters throughout the play. The play touches on issues of race, gender, and truly focuses on the struggle for people not to give up on their dreams.
"We really want the audience to see the yearning and diversity in the characters. The strength and the dreams, and the hope the characters have despite the world being against them," said Capuana. "We want to get them to dream that unfulfilled dream we all have as human beings."
The play has gotten a lot of good reviews to date. Many of the audience members stopped to talk to the actors after the show. Shabeena Sameed, 19, a York College Nursing Major said, "I liked the way it's set up, how they portray feelings, it was very realistic." Sameed adds, "I think it's a great life experience."
A York College Alumnus, Dom Jones, 25, also watched the play. Jones said, "I liked it a lot. I like the drama, I like the cast, and most of all, it has very strong acting. It's a classic tale, a woman falls in love too fast."
The cast and the director all want the audience to enjoy the experience and walk away from the play with a number of different messages. "This is not a musical or an action film, this is a play filled with symbolism and value," said Guerschom Dieurine, a
York College Theatre Arts Alumnus, who played the character George.
The audience will enjoy the intimate moments and appreciate the content. "There are all these intimate moments, and that's where the name comes from, Intimate Apparel," said Capuana.
A lot of the cast members think the message people will walk away from the play with is the main reason everyone should come out and watch the play. "What the audience will take away from this is that not everything will end up how you think it will," said Alvaro Rivera, a Liberal Arts Major at City Tech, who plays the character Mr. Marks. "Even though things are going in one direction, it can go in another direction."
The entire performing and production staff looks forward to the last shows over the weekend. "We hope for an even bigger turn out and a bigger audience this Friday and Saturday." said Diana J. Collier, the actress who plays the Mrs. Dickinson role. "There's a lot of messages for the audience," she adds.
The play is open until December 12 at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College.
Address: 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451
Tickets: General Admission $10.00 ($7.00 With a CUNY ID)
Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, or online at www.YorkPAC.com
Contact the box office at 718-262-5375.
Showtimes: Friday, December, 11 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 @ 2 p.m.
This article was first published in the TimesLedger