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Wake Forest Theatre announces 2008-2009 'Season of Scandal'

August 14, 2008

The Wake Forest University Theatre will open its 2008-2009 “Season of Scandal” with the production of “Intimate Apparel” by award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 1-4 and 2 p.m. Oct. 5.  All performances will be held in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  Individual tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Directed by J. K. Curry, associate professor of theatre, “Intimate Apparel” is set in a 1905 New York City boarding house for single black women.  The play follows the story of Esther, an illiterate, thirty-something spinster who creates beautiful, custom-made undergarments for women she would never be able to address on the street.  She dares to seek her own happiness and love when she begins to be courted through the mail by a man from Barbados.

First produced at Baltimore’s Center Stage in 2003, “Intimate Apparel” had a successful off-Broadway run at the Roundabout Theatre in 2004.  It has since been widely produced in American regional theaters. 

The play has received numerous awards, including the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the 2004 Outer Critics’ Circle Award, the John Gassner Award, the Audelco Award for Dramatic Production of the Year and the American Theatre Critics’ Association Francesca Primus Award.

Nottage has received numerous fellowships and awards for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama, a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship and a NEA/TCG residency grant.

In 2007, she received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, presented in Winston-Salem.

This year, Wake Forest students enrolled in the “Theatre Alive!” First-Year Seminar, taught by Curry, will focus on the work of black women playwrights.  Nottage will be one of the writers studied.

Other productions in the 2008-2009 season will include:

  • Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Nov. 5-9.
  • “The Underpants” by Steve Martin from the Carl Sternheim original, Feb. 13-14 and 18-22.
  • Shakespeare’s “King Lear” featuring Dennis Krausnick of the renowned Shakespeare & Company and Michael Huie, April 3-5 and 8-11. 

The Studio Series, three installments of one-act plays directed by senior theatre majors, will also be presented in the Ring Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center this fall.  Individual tickets are $2 and can be purchased at the door one hour prior to curtain time.

Studio Series One will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and will feature Romulus Linney’s “Love Like Fire” directed by Dan Applegate and Beth Henley’s “Am I Blue” directed by Erin Bickley..

Studio Series Two will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21.  Performances will include Harold Pinter’s “The Lover” directed by Rebecca Cannon and “The Little Prince” directed by Gaby Ortiz.  Studio Series Three, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11, will feature Tennessee Williams’ “The Case of the Crushed Petunias” directed by Rebecca Kahane and Tom Stoppard’s “A Separate Peace” directed by Wes Calkin. 

University Theatre season passes are available through the Theatre Box Office.  Passes include one ticket for each of the four MainStage productions and one ticket for each installment of the Studio Series.  Passes are $36 for adults; $30 for senior citizens and Wake Forest faculty and staff; and $15 for students. 

For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295, e-mail the Audience Services Coordinator at or visit online at

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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