She found a mystery photo and went digging…
When Intimate Apparel playwright Lynn Nottage was cleaning out her grandmother’s house, she discovered an old photograph of her great-great grandmother.
She started at the New York Public Library and what she uncovered about her family history was woven into her play Intimate Apparel.
The photo was a mystery and Nottage was determined to find out more about “this woman who was part of the fabric of my life, but who was very much a mystery to me.”
All she did know was that her great-grandmother was a seamstress in New York and that she had married a Barbadian immigrant. From there, she lept into discovery.
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