Join us on select Saturdays for an in-depth panel discussion on the themes and topics of each show. This event is free to attend, reserve tickets ahead of time with the Box Office.
UNRAVELING THE THREADS OF LABOR AND LOVE, THEN AND NOW
Intimate Apparel provides us with the thematic threads of labor and intimacy though stories featuring women—a seamstress, a sex worker and a widowed landlady—who survive and even thrive as they reveal the beating hearts behind their labor. Whether it is the crafted perfection of Esther’s wedding dress fabric or the perilous work of connecting two oceans via the Panama Canal, who gives thought to the labor that went into making them?
Join us as we explore the play and the contemporary resonances today with an expert panel, hosted by Marc Steiner (The Center for Emerging Media).
Stephen Wise is a fashion designer and serial entrepreneur from East Baltimore, Maryland. He began his fashion career at age 14 with a sock business. He has been featured in The Baltimore Times, Annapolis Times, The Baltimore Sun, Undaground Radar Magazine, named one of The Baltimore Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 and, most recently, Black Enterprise, as well as being on Fox News Radio, Fox 45, and ABC 2 news in Baltimore, to name a few. He looks forward to expanding his luxury menswear brand to an international audience, and providing opportunities for other artists to expand their dreams. Stephen Wise lives in Baltimore City.
Valeska Populoh works as an educator, cultural organizer, and artist in Baltimore, where she teaches in the Fiber Department and the First Year program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Valeska is also an affiliated artist with Black Cherry Puppet Theater, where she co-founded the Puppet Slamwich! puppetry series in 2010. Valeska utilizes costume, mask and puppetry techniques to create performances and interactive experiences that respond to and engage with environmental and social justice issues, as well as strengthen community relationships. An interest in acts of transformation, from materials to situations, informs her work. In 2012, she created a toy theater performance called "The Garment Worker's Tale" that is inspired by the accounts of women working in the garment industries of Baltimore and New York City at the turn of the 20th century.
GG Goba Since joining Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) in 2016, GG has used her lived experience as a black queer sex worker to inform her views in community activism regarding sex work. She is double majoring in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies with the hope of pursuing her graduate degree in Community and Behavioral Health.