Lincoln Center Theater presents a new operatic version of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, directed by Bartlett Sher

Intimate Apparel begins performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on February 27, 2020.

Lynn Nottage & Bartlett Sher

Lincoln Center Theater presents a new opera Intimate Apparel as part of its 2019-2020 season, scheduled to begin previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on February 27, 2020, ahead of an official opening on March 23 and a limited engagement through May 3, 2020. 

Intimate Apparel features music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by Lynn Nottage, based on her critically acclaimed play, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for "Best Off-Broadway Play" after its 2004 premiere. This marks the first libretto written by the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. The Off-Broadway production will be directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher.

Synopsis: "Set in turn of the century New York, Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments.  Seeking love and romance, Esther embarks on a letter writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal, and realizes that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges."

Intimate Apparel was developed by Lincoln Center Theater alongside the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Met/LCT New Works Program.

Casting and additional creative team information for the production will be announced at a later date.