Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Off-Broadway Intimate Apparel Opera Sets PBS Premiere Date


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Off Broadway by Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon intimate clothes Opera sets date for PBS premiere

The Great performance series will also feature Nashville Ballets Black Lucy and the Bard.

Kearstin Piper Brown and Arnold Livingston Geis
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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.

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.

Great performance will also present the Nashville Ballet Black Lucy and the Bard Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET; check local listings. Choreographed and directed by artistic director Paul Vasterling, the ballet was recorded in March.

The production explores the love life of Shakespeare and his muses, the “Dark Lady” and the “Fair Youth”, presenting the idea that the subjects of his love sonnets were a black woman and a young man. The show is based on Caroline Randall Williams’ 2015 book, Lucy Negro, Redux. Williams narrates with his own spoken poetry.

Blending current and historical characters, the ballet features an original score by Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens and co-composer Francesco Turrisi. The cast includes Claudia Monja as Lucy, Owen Thorne as Shakespeare and Nicolas Scheuer as Fair Youth as well as a cast of dancers from the Nashville Ballet. On stage alongside the dancers are musicians Giddens and Turrisi, who play several instruments, including violin, banjo, mandolin and piano.

Both works will also be available on and streaming via the PBS video app.


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