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By Popular Demand Shakespeare & Company adds additional performance dates to Intimate Apparel

Additionally, an Actor Change is Announced

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company adds two more performances to its Intimate Apparel run. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by long-time Company member Daniela Varon, the performances have been selling out, similarly to their production of 4000 Miles last month. With two additional matinee performances on Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9, the critically acclaimed and award-winning show runs in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre through August 13, 2017.

Artistic Director Allyn Burrows said, "we're thrilled and honored to present such a powerful voice as Lynn Nottage's in our 40th Anniversary Season and especially with such a sublime group of collaborators."

In addition to the added performances, the Company announced that actress, Rachel Christopher, will be replacing Medina Senghore as Mayme beginning with the August 1 performance. The Company congratulates Senghore who joins the Syfy series Happy!, based on the Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson graphic novel, premiering this fall. Senghore will be a series regular alongside Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt.

Intimate Apparel features veteran Shakespeare & Company members Nehassaiu deGannes and Christianna Nelson. Playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctly drawn. A letter arrives, romance and betrayal follow, and six lives are forever changed.

Tickets for Intimate Apparel are available online at, or by calling Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts. This production is generously sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation.

PRODUCTION: Intimate Apparel
PLAYWRIGHT: Lynn Nottage
DIRECTOR: Daniela Varon
SET DESIGNER: Sandra Goldmark
SOUND DESIGNER: Christopher Peifer
PROJECTION DESIGNER: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert

MRS. DICKSON: MaConnia Chesser
MAYME: Rachel Christopher
GEORGE: Lee Edward Colston II
ESTHER: Nehassaiu deGannes
MRS. VAN BUREN: Christianna Nelson
MR. MARKS: Tommy Schrider

1 – 7:30 PM
2 – 3:00 PM
3 – 7:30 PM
4 – 3:00 PM
5 – 3:00 & 7:30 PM
6 – 7:30 PM
8 – 3:00 & 7:30 PM
9 – 3:00 & 7:30 PM
10 – 7:30 PM
11 – 7:30 PM
12 – 3:00 & 7:30 PM
13 – 3:00 PM – Closing

About Rachel Christopher
Rachel Christopher first season (Mayme, Intimate Apparel). New York: Yelena, Minor Character, Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater); Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, (The Play Company); Lauren, At the Table, (Fault Line Theatre); Regional: Paulina, The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Chelle, Detroit ’67 (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Helena, A Midsummer NIght's Dream (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Jory, Disgraced (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Susan Johnston, The Heidi Chronicles (Trinity Repertory Company); Sonia, Crime and Punishment (Trinity Rep); Alma, Yellowman(Trinity Rep); Zero Cost House, (Pig Iron); House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Western Country (Williamstown Theatre Festival); TV/Film: Girl on the Train, Untouchable, Billions, Elementary. MFA from Brown/Trinity Rep.

About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to Shakespeare & Company’s internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and nationally renowned and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.