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Lincoln Center Theater’s first opera, INTIMATE APPAREL, is set in turn-of-the-century New York. It tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments. There is warm affection between her and the Orthodox Jewish man who sells fabrics to her, but any relationship between them, even a touch, is completely forbidden. Seeking love and romance, Esther eventually embarks on a letter-writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. When he moves to New York, they embark on an unhappy marriage, leading Esther to realize that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges. Directed by Bartlett Sher.
Intimate Apparel was in previews in 2020 when theatres shut down, and now, the opera resumes its world-premiere run with Lincoln Center Theater. Get Intimate Apparel tickets on TodayTix.
Intimate Apparel follows a young Black woman named Esther who moves to New York in 1905, seeking work as a seamstress. She soon does just that, making a living sewing beautiful undergarments and corsets for women. Though she desires — and has — independence, she can’t help but fall for the Orthodox Jewish man who sells her fabric, although they both know their romance is forbidden. Hoping to keep love in her life, Esther pivots to a letter-writing relationship with a Panama Canal worker. When they eventually marry, it’s not as romantic as Esther had hoped. She has to rely on her independent spirit to keep her going, and maybe eventually find the true love she’s hoped for.
The Intimate Apparel opera is based on the 2003 play of the same name that first gained Lynn Nottage widespread attention as a playwright. The Intimate Apparel play won New York Drama Critics' Circle, American Theatre Critics, and Outer Critics Circle Awards upon premiering Off-Broadway in 2004, and the show has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in America. She collaborated with composer Ricky Ian Gordon for the opera adaptation, which is helmed by Bartlett Sher, the Tony Award-winning director behind Broadway’s To Kill a Mockingbird, My Fair Lady, The King and I, and more.
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2h 30m (one intermission)
January 13th, 2022
March 6th, 2022
Lincoln Center Theater - Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
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