Book Description: â€śLynn Nottageâ€™s work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture and historyâ€”and the startling simplicity of desireâ€”with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion.â€ť â€”Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrightIntimate Apparel: â€śThoughtful, affecting new play . . . with seamless elegance.â€ťâ€”Charles Isherwood, VarietyFabulation: â€śRobustly entertaining comedy . . . with punchy social insights and the firecracker snap of unexpected humor.â€ťâ€”Ben Brantley, The New York TimesWith her two latest plays, â€śexceptionally gifted playwrightâ€ť (New York Observer) Lynn Nottage has created companion pieces that span 100 years in the lives of African American women. Intimate Apparel is about the empowerment of Esther, a proud and shy seamstress in 1905 New York who creates exquisite lingerie for both Fifth Avenue boudoirs and Tenderloin bordellos. In Fabulation Nottage re-imagines Esther as Undine, the PR-diva of today, who spirals down from her swanky Manhattan office to her roots back in Brooklyn. Through opposite journeys, Esther and Undine achieve the same satisfying end, one of self-discovery.Lynn Nottageâ€™s plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Mud, River, Stone; Porâ€™ Knockers; Las Menias; Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize and the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her plays have been produced at theatres throughout the country, with Intimate Apparel slated for 16 productions during the 2005â€“2006 season.