Genre: Drama
Where do you wear your heart?

In the 1905 immigrant community of Lower Manhattan, Esther, an African-American seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews exquisite lingerie for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Surprisingly independent for her time she is willing to risk it all for a man she barely knows. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. At the same time also vying for Esther's attention is Mr. Marks the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, but the impossibility of such a match is obvious to them both. Sheila Simmons directs and stars in Lynn Nottage's classic story of American immigration.
About the Company: Tis Production Co
'TIS creates good theater and films that spread the message of strength and hope and empowerment. 'TIS will continue to put out quality work that will not demean , confuse or insult their potential audience.Our work aims to challenge conventional thinking and be accessible and appealing and diverse. 'TIS will only produce plays and films that are thought- provoking, insightful and throughly entertaining.

Open:   10/12/07
Close:   10/22/07

10/12 - 8 pm
10/13 - 8 pm
10/14 - 2 pm & 8 pm
10/19 - 7 pm
10/20 - 8 pm
10/21 - 2 pm & 7 pm
10/22 - 7 pm
Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Shelia Simmons Esther Mills - African American Seamstress
Sheila is thrilled to be revising her as Ester in this wonderful play. She first played the part in The Attic Ensemble's performances of this show, earlier this year and it is one of her favorite plays. She has been various stage productions both on and off Broadway, including The ScrewTape Letters by C.S. Lewis and Spell # 7 by Ntozake Shange. Some of her television credits include HBO's The Vagina Monologues and All My Children . Sheila has produced, written and directed the short film, "Nothing Without Our Pride", which was submitted to film festivals. She has recently filmed a role in an upcoming movie and looks forward to continuing to find roles that challenge and move her.

She dedicates this performance to her father, Elmore Simmons, for giving her his gifts of strength, perseverance, persistence and drive and her mother, Delores Simmons , for her gifts of patience, gratitude , creativity and humility . I love you Skip and Mjai !

Kevin Sibley George Armstrong - Black Laborer from Barbados
Originally from Florida, Kevin moved to Harlem in 1998 to pursue Acting and Music. An actor by day and musician at night Kevin has performed in various clubs throughout Manhattan singing and playing piano keyboards. Roles on TV shows include, "Law & Order", "Law & Order:CI", "All My Children", "One Life to Live". Favorite role was playing opposite Omar Epps in the film, "First-Time Felon". Kevin would like to thank God for the many gifts, his beautiful wife,Grace, and his handsome son, KJ. He also would like to thank the cast and crew of IA for their dedication, support, and hard work.

Lisa Landino Mrs. Van Buren - Wealthy socialite
Originally anticipating a career in modeling, Lisa fell quickly into the craft of acting and is happy to be able to work with Sheila and with such a great script. A graduate of Lehigh University, Lisa has always wanted to work in entertainment. Thanks to the cast, crew, Peter Delorenzo and Joe Franklin!!

Tamiko White Mayme
Tamiko White, a NY born and bred actress, loves entertaining. A former model, she has worked in national commercials, television and film. She recently starred in the play "" and can next be seen in the Melvin Van Peebles' movie "Rememories of an Ex-Dufus Motherf*#%&*..." and Meridian Pictures' "Secrets in the House of Myrhh". Tamiko is thankful to ‘Tis Productions for the opportunity to "use her voice" in this award-winning play she loves so much. Tamiko dedicates this performance to Grace Savage, Karl Bury, and Alexandra Neil.

Milissa Sellers Mrs. Dixon
Playing Mrs. Dixon
  Mariel Matos has work on various off and off-off broadway shows for about 5 years. She enjoys working in all types of productions big or smaill as long. Mariel has work on shows, such as "President and her Mistress," "Heartbreak," "A love like Damien," and many more. She is excited about this production and hopes to put 100% on the show. Mariel is also in the process of directing her first short film titled "Woman on the Beach" affiliated with Tis Films, Inc. working with Shelia Simmons in creating magic on screen or on stage.