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Hawai‘i Premiere Marks Forward-thinking Theatre Company’s Inaugural Production

Hawai‘i Premiere Marks Forward-thinking Theatre Company’s Inaugural Production

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(Honolulu, HI)—Evolve Theatre Company is proud to present its debut onto Hawai‘i’s theatre scene with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s 2003 Intimate Apparel. Po‘okela Award-winning actor/director Troy M. Apostol, who last directed the powerful and provocative The Motherf**ker with the Hat, helms this Hawai‘i premiere in honor of Black History Month, as well as the month of love. As part of Evolve Theatre Company’s mission of inclusivity and intersectional exploration, the strong and sensual female-focused production is guaranteed to satiate your desire for engaging, groundbreaking theatre.

Evolve Theatre Company Mission Statement 

PAST: We remember the struggles that have come before. We honor the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised—People of Color, women, LGBTQ community, etc.— by telling their stories. Our stories.

PRESENT: We feature the newest and boldest original works and contemporary award-winning plays that speak to our times and the issues that concern us. We confront the challenges of the world today. 

FUTURE: We create art that spurs dialogue and discussion in order to promote constructive social change. We know that only by working together can we move forward.  

Change is only constant in the universe. Proceed with love. Grow into your potential. Strive to be better. Evolve. 

The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from 2 wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. 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 to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be. -- Dramatists Play Service

Don’t miss Intimate Apparel! Playing for two weekends only at the new Ong King Arts Center, and staring some of Hawai‘i talented leaders of stage and academia: Jeanne Wynne Herring (Excellence Happens, The Lolita Gentry Project) as Esther, Curtis Duncan (Yellowman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) as George, Dr. Allison Paynter (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Shervelle Bergholz (Ragtime, The Colored Museum) as Mrs. Dickson, Tom Smith (Water by the Spoonful, Coyotes) as Mr. Marks, and Dr. Lurana O’Malley (Associate Chair of Theatre and Dance UHM, The Conduct of Life) as Mrs. Van Buren. 

For more information, please contact Assistant Director Mary Ann Shirley-Gray or Evolve Artistic Director Apostol at evolvetheatrecompany@gmail.com. 

Where: The new Ong King Arts Center 1154 Fort Street Mall (Please note new location) ongkingarts@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ongkingartscenter/ 

When: Fri, Feb. 16, 7:30pm Sat, Feb. 17, 7:30pm Sun, Feb. 18, 3:30pm, Tues. Feb 20, 7:30pm (added show), Fri, Feb. 23, 7:30pm Sat, Feb. 24, 7:30pm Sun, Feb. 25, 3:30pm 


General admission: $20 online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3273492 $25 at the door. Box office opens one hour before curtain. 

Please note: • The show contains adult themes and situations. 

'Intimate Apparel' by EVOLVE Theatre Company

'Intimate Apparel' by EVOLVE Theatre Company

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