Virtual Performance Readings
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Thomas Times
In coordination with Foothill College’s
Black History Month Celebration
February 26–28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., performed live as a prepared reading each night.
The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, whose
skills and discretion are much in demand, has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money
into her quilt over the years.
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. She
begins a beautiful correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is
working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond
to the letters, and over time the letters becomes increasingly intimate until George
persuades her to marry, sight unseen.
Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys
cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them
both, and Esther consents to marry George. When George arrives in New York, however,
he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be.
||Rebecca Haley Clark
|Mrs. Van Buren
|| Shir Ben Zeev