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Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

About The Show

MARCH 1 – APRIL 18, 2024

Previews: Feb 28–29


Run time: total with Intermission 2 hours, 25 minutes


by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Austene Van


Be seduced by the story of Esther, a Black seamstress in 1905 New York seeking love and companionship. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage returns to Asolo Rep with Intimate Apparel, a searing, sensual, and powerful story of forbidden romance. Esther spends her days sewing corsets for other women but hasn’t found love for herself. When she receives a letter from a Barbadian man working on the Panama Canal, Esther kindles an exchange that leads to marriage with a stranger, even while her heart is drawn to a Jewish shop owner who’s promised to another woman. Nottage’s lyrical and heart wrenching play is a modern classic about the power of human connection.


This production contains subject matter that may be deemed inappropriate for persons under the age of 18. In compliance with Florida law, no persons under the age of 18 will be admitted.  We look forward to welcoming the appropriate age groups to future productions.



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Meet the Cast

Sasha Andreev He/Him (Mr. Marks) Last seen in Ragtime as Tateh, Sasha is delighted to return to Asolo Rep. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, now based in Minneapolis, he has performed off-Broadway, on national tour, and on PBS in the Drama-Desk-winning production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.  Regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theater Latté Da, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theater, and Walker Art Center. On screen, Sasha has been seen in Stranger Things (Netflix), as host of Curb Appeal (HGTV) and Operation Build (A&E), as a product expert on shopping networks in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and in numerous commercials and films. IG: SashaAndreevNow

Curtis Bannister (George) Winner of the Actors Equity Foundation Roger Sturtevant Award: Outstanding Performance in Musical Theater; Drama League Award nominee: Best Concert Performance; Joseph Jefferson Award (The Jeffs) nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Principal Actor in a Musical. Recently, Curtis has performed in Big River (Jim) at Mercury Theater Chicago, Bernstein’s MASS (Soloist 1, Celebrant u/s) at The Kennedy Center, The Pajama Game (Sid) at Theater at the Center, Ragtime (Coalhouse), Candide (Ragotski) with The Philadelphia Orchestra alongside Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, The Last Five Years (Jamie), and debuted the role of Juror 8 in the world premiere musical adaptation of 12 Angry Men with Theater LatteDa. He is currently the concert partner of Tony and Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley throughout the U.S. and will make his solo concert debut in November 2024 in Washington DC. Film and TV credits include his Tribeca Film Festival debut in The Conductor, the Apple TV+ Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson (Marquis), and NBC’s Chicago Fire (Reimers). www.thecurtisbannister.com, IG: @thee_cb, X: theecb.

Ariel Blue (u/s Mrs. Dickson) Ariel is an actor, writer and recording artist, and a well-known member of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. She was recently featured in Motherless in New York and at WBTT. Ms. Blue was last seen in WBTT’s Joyful, Joyful. Her stage credits include Sistas in the Name of Soul, The Amen Corner, Dreamgirls, & Avenue Q. In her free time, Ariel reads and spends time with her niece and nephew. www.simplyarielblue.com / IG: @simplyarielblue @ariedotcom

Trezure B Coles She/Her (Mayme) Trezure is from Newport News, Virginia. Some works include Eureka Day (Asolo Rep), Stick Fly, Love’s Labour’s Lost (FSU Conservatory), Antony and Cleopatra, Eurydice (TAM), A Christmas Carol, Comedy of Errors (Virginia Stage Company), Once on This Island, Gem of the Ocean, The Color Purple (NSU Theatre Company). Education includes B.A. in Drama and Theatre at Norfolk State University, 3rd year M.F.A. acting candidate at FSU Asolo Conservatory.

Aneisa J. Hicks She/Her (Esther) Aneisa is really grateful to be making her Asolo Rep debut. Recent credits include POTUS (Steppenwolf Theatre- u/s Chris), POTUS (Hippodrome Theatre- Chris), The Ripple, The Wave that carried me home (Goodman Theatre/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre- Helen), Hurricane Diane (Theater Wit-Beth), The Mountaintop (TheatreSquared- Camae). Aneisa is signed with DDO Artists Agency.

Rebecca Rose Mims She/Her (u/s Esther) Rose is overjoyed to be in Asolo Rep’s 2023 – 2024 season. She is currently in her 3rd Year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Her most recent credits include The Tempest (Miranda) and Othello (Emilia) in Shakespeare on the Green at Nebraska Shakespeare. Rose would like to thank her oldest sister, Rachel, for running so that she might fly; and her second older sister, Jessica, for loving her unconditionally.

Adelin Phelps She/Her (Mrs. Van Buren) Adelin is thrilled to be making her Asolo Rep debut! She is currently a Minneapolis based stage, film and voice over artist and is excited to expand to more corners of the country.  She has worked and created with The Guthrie Theater, The Jungle Theater, Yellow Tree Theater, Theater Latté Da, Transatlantic Love Affair, New Dawn Theatre Company, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, Dark &Stormy Productions, and more. Adelin received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Coe College and studied with The Actors Workout, Guthrie Theater from 2010–2018. Visit adelinphelps.com to learn more.

Jordan Sam Rich He/Him (u/s Mr. Marks) Jordan hails from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from The University of Michigan’s BFA Acting program. At Asolo Rep, Jordan performed in Fountain and Our Town (U/S Howie Newsome) and understudied Hood (Little John) and Eureka Day (Eli). Professional credits: Pete the Cat National Tour, No Villain at the Public Theater starring Judith Light. Regionally, Jordan performed at Santa Rosa Rep and worked in many capacities at The Eugene O’Neill. For MDZPLBNMJ. @jordy214   

Angelle Mishon She/Her (u/s Mayme) Angelle is a first-year student with FSU/Asolo Rep Conservatory. Angelle is from New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University with degrees in Performance and International Affairs. Angelle is eager to further explore intersectional identities through performance during her training. She hopes it will allow her freedom to exceed the scope of imitations imposed on identities and bring truth to stage. She has previously worked with Swine Palace (LA) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA).   

Danielle Vivcharenko She/Her (u/s Mrs. Van Buren) Danielle is ecstatic to be back with Asolo Rep while in her final year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Previously at Asolo Rep, Danielle performed in the staged reading of Fountain and understudied Lady Anne/Much in Hood and Joe Crowell in Our Town. In the conservatory season, she was Kimber in Stick Fly. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. All the love to Mom and Dad! Daniellevivcharenko.com

Rueben Wakefield (u/s George) Hailing from Chicago Il, Rueben is ecstatic to be back on the Mertz stage. He was previously an understudy for Asolo Rep’s 2021 production of Our Town as Professor Willard. A third-year student at the FSU /Asolo Conservatory, he has been in productions of Sense & Sensibility, Stick Fly, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was recently seen in Inherit the Wind.

Regina Marie Williams She/Her (Mrs. Dickson) Regina originated the title role of Nina Simone in Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women, performed at Kenny Leon’s True Colors, The Peoples Light, and at Park Square Theater where it was commissioned. Some of her favorite roles include Prospera in The Tempest at Guthrie Theater, Dinah Washington in Dinah Was at Penumbra Theater, and Mama Nadi in Mixed Blood’s Ruined. Her 2023 work includes Clytemnestra in Iphegenia at Aulis with Ten Thousand Things Theater, Dolly in Hello Dolly! at Theater Latté Da, Gertrude in Hamlet and The Narrator in Into The Woods at Guthrie Theater. The Minneapolis Star Tribune lauded Williams Artist of the Year. She is delighted to be at Asolo Rep.

Meet the Creative Team

Austene Van  (Director) THEATER DIRECTION: Guthrie Theater: A Raisin in the Sun, Skeleton Crew, New Dawn Theatre: Crowns, Yellow Tree Theatre: The Rats, The Wasps Nest, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar &Grill, HoliDate, In the Next Room, Passing Strange, Skeleton Crew, The Royale, Ordway: Annie, Blues in the Night, Ten Thousand Things: Intimate Apparel, Park Square Theatre: Rule of Thumb, Gee’s Bend, Lady Day…; Penumbra Theatre: Black Nativity, History Theatre: Lonely Soldiers, Stage North: Ain’t MisBehavin’; ACTING CREDITS: GUTHRIE Steel Magnolias, Familiar, Disgraced, Trouble in Mind, Crowns, The Darker Face of the Earth, McCarter Theatre Center/Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Disgraced; Penumbra Theatre: Weathering, Wedding Band, The Owl Answers, Detroit ’67, Spunk, The Amen Corner, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Seven Guitars; Theater Latté Da: Aida; Indiana Repertory Theatre/Cleveland Play House: Radio Golf; Ten Thousand Things: A Streetcar Named Desire, Henry IV, Into the Woods; Jungle Theater: In the Next Room; Park Square Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird; Children’s Theatre Company: Shrek, Once on This Island; Ordway: Singin’ in the Rain; Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Hair.  AWARDS: McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship; Ivey Award Founder/Executive Artistic Director at New Dawn Theatre Company; Executive Artistic Director at Yellow Tree Theatre.

Drayton Alexander He/They (Dramaturg) Highlights at Asolo Rep include Cabaret (transfer to The Old Globe), Man of La Mancha, Chicken and Biscuits, and workshops of Stellar Atmospheres and Dancing in the Blue Light. Other dramaturgical highlights include Spin at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Theatre Weekly Award, Best Solo Performance), Taylor Mac’s ball-pit play The Fre (world premiere), Not My Monster (OBA nomination, Best Family Entertainment), Syncing Ink, Scraps (world premiere), and good friday at The Flea Theater. Drayton was the Co-Artistic Producer of Serials for two years and has worked with such theater companies as The Vineyard, The New Group, New Earth Theatre, and Singapore Repertory Theatre. He received an Olwen Wymark award from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and holds an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch Asia.

Jeff Lowe Bailey (Sound Designer and Original Compositions) Jeff has performed in a wide variety of musical settings as a musician, composer, sound designer, producer, and educator. He has performed with world renowned artists: Craig Taborn, Joey Arias, Joey McIntyre, Eric Gravatt, Karrin Allyson, Doc Severinsen, Minnesota Orchestra, Jonatha Brooke, Geoff Keezer, Andres Prado, Fareed Haque, Charley Drayton, and James Moody. Jeff has composed original music and sound design for: Raisin In The Sun (Guthrie Theater), In The Next Room (Yellow Tree), Rule of Thumb (Park Square), B.A.M’s Next Wave Festival, White Savior (Sparkhouse), and Punic Wars (The Hittite Empire). Jeff is currently Professor of Practice and Director of the Music Production program at Hamline University, which encourages traditional and non-traditional music makers to gain fluency with modern music technology.

Alexa Burn She/Her (Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include Clyde’s (ASM) at the Denver Center, The Royale (SM) at American Players Theatre, Bald Sisters (SM) at San Jose Stage, The Three Musketeers (ASM), Chicken and Biscuits (ASM), The Great Leap (ASM), Grand Horizons (ASM), and Hood (ASM) at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, A Leg Up (ASM) and Clue (ASM) at Bristol Riverside, The Code (SM) at American Conservatory Theatre SF, Chess (SM) and A Little Night Music (ASM) at 42nd Street Moon. Alexa was also a stage manager at the Disneyland Resort for many years, working with the Disneyland Band, Dapper Dans, and many more. She is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep!

Summer Dawn Wallace She/Her (Intimacy Coordinator) is a playmaker: a versatile theatre professional working as producer, director, actor, and educator. Summer is the Producing Artistic Director at Urbanite Theatre, which focuses on new work. She is happy to be returning to Asolo Rep after playing Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town in 2022. Regional Credits include: 1st Stage, Vashon Repertory Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Dog Day’s Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, New College of Florida and the list goes on. She is a proud member of AEA and Sag-Aftra and would like to express her deepest gratitude to the incredible Sarasota patrons and the Asolo Repertory Theatre team.

Patricia Delorey She/Her (Voice & Dialect Coach) Asolo Rep favorites include: Knoxville (world premiere), Silent Sky, Crazy For You, Cabaret, Sweat, The Cake, Sweeney Todd, Gloria, Ragtime, Rhinoceros, Roe, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Great Society, Josephine (world premiere), All The Way, West Side Story, Sotto Voce, Other Desert Cities, The Grapes of Wrath, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Clybourne Park, The Innocents (world premiere), Twelve Angry Men, Bonnie & Clyde (world premiere), Doubt, Equus. Other credits include Judith (world premiere Urbanite Theatre), Pitmen Painters (American Stage Theatre), The Smuggler (Urbanite Theatre), Studio Six’s production of Plasticine (The Baryshnikov Arts Center), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean International Cruises), Stone Cold Dead Serious (world premiere American Repertory Theatre), and Nocturne (world premiere American Repertory Theatre).   

Alan C. Edwards He/Him (Lighting Designer) : Off-Broadway: Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre), Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre, Berkeley Rep); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Signature NYC & A.R.T); Fires in the Mirror, The Hot Wing King, Sunset Baby (Signature NYC); Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regional: Sally & Tom (world prem. by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Guthrie); Paradise Blue, Lights Out: Nat King Cole (Geffen Playhouse). Dance: Chasing Magic and Where We Dwell by Ayodele Casel; In the Same Tongue by Dianne McIntyre; Lifted by Christopher Rudd for American Ballet Theatre. Broadway: Associate to Jennifer Tipton on The Testament of Mary. Awards: Lucille Lortel and Audelco Awards, Drama Desk nomination. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where he is also an assistant professor of lighting.  www.alancedwards.com.

Michelle Hart She/Her (Hair/Wig & Make-up Design) Hart designs for Asolo Repertory Theatre and FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Other credits: Sarasota Ballet, Palm Beach Drama Works, Free Fall Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Banyan Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Venice Theatre, Dorset Theatre, Barrington Stage and Open Stage Theatre. She has also done hair and/or make-up for Joan Rivers, Doris Roberts, Martin Short, Jane Russell, Arlene Dahl, Soledad Villamil, Jane Pauley, Richard Dreyfuss, Castille Langdon, Christopher Higgins, Mary Mara, Heather Robb, Lauren Sweetser, Justin Long, Paul Downs, Douglas Sills, and Nia Hills. Music videos “Second Chance” by Shinedown, “Reverse Cowgirl” by T-Pain. Film and television: Lady Of The Manor, Paradise, FL, and The Real Stephen Blatt.  

Michael Hoover He/Him (Scenic Design) has previously designed Ragtime and Man of La Mancha at Asolo Rep. Michael has collaborated on Scenic Designs with Peter Rothstein at Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis over the past 25 years. He has also designed at many other theaters in the Twin Cities, including the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Six Points Theater, Park Square Theater, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Jungle Theatre, Illusion Theater and Yellow Tree Theatre. Outside of Minnesota, he has designed at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA), Zach Theatre (Austin, TX) and The Naples Players (Naples, FL). Michael is the former Head of Scenic Art at the Guthrie Theater and he is a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829.

Matthew J. LeFebvre He/Him (Costume Design) Mathew has designed costumes for more than 20 productions at the Guthrie Theater, including The Music Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice, Sweeney Todd, 1776, and She Loves Me. Other regional credits include Signature Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, The Seattle Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Rep, Arkansas Rep, The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Arizona Opera, Opera Montreal, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Mixed Blood Theatre.  Mathew is a recipient of a 2014-2015 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship, 2012 TDF-Irene Sharaff Award, and a 2015 Ivey Award. He is a Professor of Costume Design at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Lynn Nottage (Playwright) Lynn Nottage is a playwright from Brooklyn. Her plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Mud, River, Stone, Por 'Knockers, Poof! (Heideman Award), and Las Meninas, which premiered at San Jose Repertory in 2002. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally by The Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Alliance Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Crossroads Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory, the Vineyard Theatre and many others. Ms. Nottage has received playwriting fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also the recipient of a Playwrights Horizons Amblin/Dreamworks Commission, AT&T Onstage award and a NEA/TCG (1999-2000) grant for a year-long residency at Freedom Theatre. She is a member of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.

Matthew T. Parker He/Him (Projection Design) Matthew received his B.F.A. in Theatre Production Design and Technology from Ohio University. He was the resident sound designer at Monomoy Theatre in 1990. He has worked sound and special effects at The Flat Rock Theatre in North Carolina on such shows as I Hate Hamlet, the world premiere of Gilligan's Island: The Musical and others in the 1992 season. Since 1993, Matthew has designed sound for many of Asolo Rep's productions. In addition, he wrote and performed musical scores for The Count of Monte Cristo and Nicholas Nickleby. Outside the theatre world he has designed and programed the show control system for Livingston's Amusements Bazooka Ball arena and produced virtual expositions for the National Watercolor Society.

Jacqueline Singleton She/Her (Stage Manager) Jacki is delighted to be back at Asolo Rep! Previously: Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, Chicken & Biscuits, Our Town, The Great Leap, Terrace Season 2020-21, The Crucible, A Doll’s House Part 2, and Noises Off. 22 seasons with American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wisconsin), including recent projects Anton’s Shorts, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Oedipus. Others: Animal Farm at Milwaukee Repertory & Baltimore Center Stage, Outside Mullingar at the Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, TN, three seasons at Forward Theater (Madison, WI), seven seasons at Madison Repertory Theatre, and numerous Chicago theaters including the Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, and Next Theatre.

DeWanda Smith Soeder She/Her (Cultural Competency Coordinator) DeWanda is an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) strategist whose work involves change management, talent, organization development, and training experience. Specific to this work is her research and thesis, “Theatre as a Diversity Intervention.” She holds a M.A. in Psychology, and a B.S. in Health and Human Services. In addition to being a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), her credentials include Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, Instruction and Development (DDI), Human Interaction (NTL), Emotional Intelligence (The Hay Group), and Adjunct Professor of Psychology.