The cast and creative team celebrated the opening of the Off-Broadway opera on January 31.
The new lyrical adaptation of Respondent Clothes officially opened Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at the Lincoln Center Theater on January 31, after performances began on January 13. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage wrote the libretto, based on her play of the same name, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and direction by Bartlett Sher.
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.
Check out photos from the opening night below:
The role of Esther is performed by Kearstin Piper Brown during the Tuesday through Saturday evening performances and Sunday matinees, and Chabrelle Williams during the Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances. The cast also includes Justin Austin, Errin Duane Brooks, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Jesse Darden, Arnold Livingston Geis, Christian Mark Gibbs, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Barrington Lee, Jasmine Muhammad, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Kimberli Render, Adam Richardson, Krysty Swann, Indra Thomas and Jorell Williams.
The production includes sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Marc Salzberg, projections by 59 Productions, musical direction by Steven Osgood and choreography by Dianne McIntyre. Theresa Flanagan is the stage manager and the casting is handled by The Telsey Office.
Notting’s game intimate clothes ran Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theater in 2004 with Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Viola Davis as Esther.