Preview the PBS premiere of Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel Opera

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Preview the PBS premiere of Off-Broadway by Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon intimate clothes Opera

Adaptation of Nottage’s 2003 play will debut in September as part of PBS’ Great performance series.

Kearstin Piper Brown and Arnold Livingston Geis
Juliette Cervantes


The Lincoln Center Theater and Metropolitan Opera’s Off-Broadway production of intimate clothesthe operatic adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s 2003 play, will premiere on PBS Great performance series Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET; check local listings.

Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer winner, adapted the libretto in collaboration with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. The work performed at LCT’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater last season. Tony winner Bartlett Sher helmed the production, which filmed in March.

Watch a teaser for the upcoming PBS broadcast below.

The story centers on Esther, a seamstress in New York at the turn of the century, who sews corsets and women’s underwear. His own search for love leads to an epistolary relationship, an unhappy marriage, and ultimately a recognition of his own worth. Esther’s role was shared by Kearstin Piper Brown and Chabrelle Williams during the Off-Broadway run; Brown is featured in the filmed version.

The cast also includes Justin Austin, Errin Duane Brooks, Brown, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Jesse Darden, Arnold Livingston Geis, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Barrington Lee, Jasmine Muhammad, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Adam Richardson, Kimberli Render, David Morgans Sanchez, Krysty Swann, Indra Thomas and Jorell Williams.

intimate clothes has choreography by Dianne McIntyre, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Marc Salzberg, screenings by 59 Productions, casting by The Telsey Office and musical direction by Steven Osgood . Theresa Flanagan was the stage manager.

The work will also be available on PBS.org and streaming via the PBS video app.

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