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Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage
Quintero Theatre
February 19 – 28th, 2015

Cast List

In alphabetical order

Josh Clark

Mr. Marks

Kenn Hopkins

George

Shunte Lofton

Esther

Precious Merenu

Mrs. Dickson

Constance Swain

Mayme

Merritt Weirick

Mrs. Van Buren

Maddie Calais

Understudy

Paul O’Neill

Understudy

Production

Sara Becker

Director

Ronden Perrin

Assistant Director

Thomas Murphy

Scenic Designer

Ellen Mizener

Props Master

Josh Jacobs

Technical Director

Rigel Nuñez

Master Carpenter

Jean Gonzales

Lighting Designer

Rebecca Callan

Costume Designer

Jonathan Middents

Sound Designer

Chelsea Taylor

Dramaturg

Nicole Zimmerer

Assistant Dramaturg

Paige Zubel

Assistant Dramaturg

Rachel Bush*

Production Stage Manager

Shelby Connolly

Stage Manager

Gabriela Leodiou

Assistant Stage Manager

There will be two brief 10-minute intermissions.

Any taping, filming, recording or broadcast of this play is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all phones and other electronic devices as a courtesy to other patrons and to the actors.

*Proud Member of Actor’s Equity Association

Program Note/Dramaturgy

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Artist Bios

aJosh Clark (Mr. Marks) is a second year MFA actor. UH credits include: Solyony in Three Sisters, Chris in All My Sons, Cliton in The Liar, Fool/Edmund in King Lear, and Carl in Bus Stop. Beginning in August Mr. Clark will be performing for the American Shakespeare Center on the Hungry Hearts Tour as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and more. Other credits include: Seyton/Bloody Captain in Macbeth, Peter in Peter Pan, Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Versati/King in The Underpants, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Walker/Ned in Three Days of Rain, Gail in Our Lady of 121st Street, and Snail in A Year with Frog & Toad.

aKenn Hopkins Jr. (George) is a second year MFA actor.  He attained his BFA at the University of Michigan Flint where he played: Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rooftop in Our Lady of 121st Street.  Kenn enjoys recording music and going to the movies to keep up with his future colleagues. 

aShunte' Lofton (Esther) is a recent graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance. Past Credits include: The Life of Henry V (Classical Theatre Company), Twelfth Night, The Princess and the Players, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Man of La Mancha (Texas Shakespeare Festival), The Cherry Orchard (Classical Theatre Company), The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Women, and The Voysey Inheritance (Peterborough Players), The Winter's Tale (Stark Naked Theatre), As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra (Houston Shakespeare Festival.) Selected UH credits include: The End of Side A, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and The Beaux Stratagem

aPrecious Merenu (Mrs. Dickson) is a senior BFA actor. Previous UH credits include: Masha in Three Sisters, The 10 Minute Play Festival, Mucama in Blood Wedding, Princess Frederica in The Snow Queen. You may have seen her off campus in Stages Reportory Theatre’s production of Marie Antionette.

aConstance Swain (Mayme) is a second year MFA actor. Previous credits include: Anne Deever in All My Sons, Laurencia in Fuente Ovejuna, Charmian/Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Marianna in All's Well That Ends Well, Clarice in The Liar, and Reagan in King Lear. After graduation, Ms. Swain will join the American Shakespeare Center in their 16/17 Hungry Hearts Tour.

aMerritt Weirick (Mrs. Van Buren) is a junior BFA actor. Previous UH credits include: The 10-Minute Play Festival and Beverly/ Mrs. Clark in the The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Other past credits include: Bella Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers, Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid. In her free time, Merritt enjoys dabbling in astral projection, naturopathy and hands on healing in the form of Reiki

Maddie Calais (Understudy) is a sophomore BFA actor. Last year she participated in Houston’s Shakespeare Outreach group and has been a part of Comedy Sportz Houston for the last five years. In her free time, Maddie enjoys karaoke and movie nights.

Paul O’Neill (Understudy) is a freshman BFA actor. Last semester Paul was in Classical Theatre Company’s production of Henry V.

Sara Becker (Director) spent this past summer directing the world premiere of Love's Labor's Won for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.  Recent favorite vocal coaching credits include Classical Theatre Company's (CTC) Henry V; Richard II  and Love's Labour's Lost for Illinois Shakespeare Festival; American Players Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties and All My Sons; Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre’s Private Lives; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It; Other coaching credits include: The Alley Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Guthrie Theatre/The Acting Company, The Milwaukee Rep, The Clarence Brown Theatre, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. At the University of Houston, she directed last spring's The Miser, As You Like It, and prior to that, the World Premiere production of Now This. She received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. This Spring, Sara returns to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to coach Hamlet. Special Thanks to her husband Lee, and their son, Wilbur Guthrie Becker.

Ronden Perrin (Assistant Director) is a senior BFA actor. She has been involved in productions all over Houston, most recently as Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie here at the University of Houston, and in University of Tamarie at Catastrophic Theatre. Select UH credits include: Elma in Bus Stop, Nelly in The Playboy of the Western World, and Robber Girl in The Snow Queen. This is her first official foray into the world of directing, and every moment has been a wonderful learning experience. 

Thomas Murphy (Scenic Designer) is a second year MFA lighting designer. Previous credits include: Blood Wedding (UH), Little Shop of Horrors, A Year with Frog and Toad, Beruit, and Dead Man's Cell Phone (Southwestern University). He has also assisted on a variety of productions in both Austin and Houston, TX.

Ellen Doyle Mizener (Props Master) is a second year MFA designer. At UH, she was the scenic designer for The Playboy of the Western World, The Miser and Fuente Ovejuna. She also served as props master for The Liar and Bus Stop. She has been actively designing and painting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the last 10 years. Favorite credits include The Mountaintop, And Then There Were None, Lend Me a Tenor, A Few Good Men, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, The Little Foxes, A View from the Bridge, Urinetown, and Enchanted April. She is also an avid scuba diver and loves to travel when time—and her piggy bank—allow.

Josh Jacobs (Technical Director) is a first year MFA technical director. Josh received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington under the direction of Daniel Archibald. Josh has been Technical Director for many shows including: Into the Woods, A Streetcar Named Desire, Government Inspector, A Zookeepers Journal, and Fiddler on the Roof. While his main passion is technical directing, Josh loves all aspects of the theatre including Stage Management; The Pajama Game, Big Love, Mavplays 2014 Theatre Festival, Big River, Scenic Design; Seven's a Crowd, Superhero, and Sound Design; Angels Inc. and Dream.  In his free time, his wife has him use his technical skills in carpentry and painting to enhance their new home here in Houston. 

Rigel Nuñez (Master Carpenter) is a second year MFA designer.  Her focus is in both technical direction and scenic design.  Upon receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 2008, she became UIW's Assistant Technical Director.  She designed Scenery for UIW's productions of Eleemosynary and If I Can't Have You No One Can.  While in San Antonio, Rigel served as The Overtime Theater's technical director and resident scenic/lighting designer.  Buddha Swings, Dr. S Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies and Life; Or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof are just few of the 23 original productions she worked on with the Overtime.  She branched out for a few years freelancing as a scenic carpenter in Chicago and Houston for companies such as the Alley Theatre, Ravenswood Studio and the Lookingglass Theatre. Locally, she designed the scenery for Pearland High School’s productions of Guys and Dolls and Urinetown.

Jean C Gonzalez (Lighting Designer) is a second year MFA designer. He is a recent graduate of University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in theater, specializing in lighting and scenic design. Lighting designs include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Dance concerts, Skin, and Wait Until Dark (Queensbury Theatre); scenic designs include Bus Stop, The Liar, VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus, The Magic Flute (assistant). He is an active USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology) member where he serves as the Vice Commissioner for Student Affairs in Scenic Design and will chair a session at the upcoming national conference in Salt Lake City.

Rebecca R. Callan (Costume Designer) is a second year costume technology MFA.  Previously, she was the costume designer for UH’s Bus Stop. Rebecca was the Costume Shop Director at Cedar Crest College for eight seasons; some Cedar Crest design credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, Polaroid Stories, Chicago, Eurydice, Metamorphoses, and many dance concerts. Previously, Rebecca worked at Imagination Las Vegas, a full-service professional attire design and manufacturing company. She designed You Can't Take It With You for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV. As a Costume Design Intern at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre she designed Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Outsiders. She has also worked as a costume technician at Santa Fe Opera and Utah Shakespearean Festival. Rebecca has a BA in theatre and history from Carroll University.

Jonathan Middents (Sound Designer) has been the Production Manager and a designer at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance since 1983, and is head of the School’s Production Area.  He has worked on over 400 productions at a variety of theatres and has consulted on the design or renovation of ten theatres. His recent design work includes sets for the 2015 HSF productions of The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth, lighting for the 2014 HSF productions of Henry IV,1 and Two Gentlemen of Verona, sound for ¡Bocón! and Three Sisters, lighting on the 2015 UH Ensemble Dance Works and the Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase, lighting for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, all at UH, and scenery and lighting for Julius Caesar at University of Houston-Downtown. A Rice University graduate, Jon received his MFA from Florida State University and has served previously as Designer/Technical Director at University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Indiana State University.

Chelsea Taylor (Dramaturg) is a first year MFA dramaturg.

Nicole Zimmerer (Assistant Dramaturg) is a junior BFA playwright and dramaturg. Her selected UH credits include: Blood Wedding, The Philadelphia Story, and The Liar. She loves to read, write, and watch too much television.

Paige Zubel (Assistant Dramaturg) is a senior BFA with a focus in playwriting and dramaturgy. She has written plays staged at Houston's Alley Theatre, the Glasgay Festival in Scotland, won competitions for her creative writing like the Tennessee William's Short Story Competition at Dundee Repertory Theatre, and most recently will have her play Gel Us produced by Darkhorse Dramatists in New York this February. Paige has co-founded multiple production companies, including Ignition Productions, a company written, directed, and produced entirely by UH students. In her free time, Paige enjoys trying to sleep while her cats do everything in their power to prevent it. 

Shelby Connolly (Stage Manager) is a junior BFA stage manager. Previous UH credits include: All My Sons (SM), Fuente Ovejuna (SM), 10-Minute New Play Festival 2015 (PSM), and The Playboy of the Western World (ASM). Shelby spent this past summer working for the Houston Shakespeare Festival as a production assistant for Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. She also worked for Bayou City Concert Musicals during the month of August as Stage Manager on their production of Bells Are Ringing.

Gabriela Leodiou (Assistant Stage Manager) is a senior BFA Stage Manager. Her previous SM credits include: Almost Maine, Rabbit Hole, and The Insanity of Mary Girard; Evita, and The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Assistant stage manager credits include: The Beaux’ Stratagem and Our Country’s Good. She also had the privilege in stage managing the new work written by UH playwright Kendall Kaminsky: The End of Side A. Since then she has stage managed Bus Stop and Three Sisters. Over the summer she had the privilege of working for Unity Theatre in their thrilling production of Deathtrap, as well as being the stage management intern at the Houston Shakespeare Festival and company manager the following year.

Faculty | Staff | Crew

Facutly

Director of the School of Theatre & Dance Jim Johnson
Assistant Professor, Voice & Shakespeare Sara Becker
Associate Professor, Acting & Directing Carolyn Houston Boone
Assistant Professor, Stage Management Rachel R. Bush
Associate Professor, Dance Teresa Lynn Chapman
Assistant Professor, Theatre Education Jackie deMontmollin
Assistant Professor, Performance Studies Dr. Keith Byron Kirk
Associate Professor, Design &Technology Jonathan Middents
Assistant Professor, Costume Technology Barbara Niederer
Associate Professor, Acting & Movement Adam Noble
Distinguished Professor, Theatre, Musical Theatre Stuart Ostrow
Assistant Professor, Technical Director Ken Poston
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Kevin Rigdon
Associate Professor, Theatre History & Dramaturgy Dr. Robert Shimko
Professor, Head of Dance Program Karen Stokes
Assistant Professor, Dance Rebecca B. Valls
Associate Professor, Makeup & Costume History Claremarie Verheyen
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Steven W. Wallace
Assistant Professor, Costume Design & Technology Paige A. Willson
Associate Professor, Graduate Acting Jack Young

Adjunt Facult

Shelly Calene-Black
Michael Brusasco
Elizabeth Bunch
Lauren Cohen
Ruddy Cravens
Jeanne Doornbos
Jon L. Egging
Chris Hutchison
Geni Lanfear
Jacqueline Anne Nalett
Firat Kazbek Ozsoy
Leslie Scates
Jennifer Sommers
Jon R. Stonks
Sophia L. Torres
Toni Valle
Lisa Villegas
Courtney Young

Professional Staff

Draper/Costume Supervisor Margaret Crowley
Scenic Artist/Prop Supervisor Lauren Davis
Asst. Director Business Operations Isaac Davis
Assistant Technical Director Michael Debose
Academic Advisor Erika Jimenez
Box Office Manager Joyce Murray
Lecturer, Theatre & Dance Melissa Noble
Marketing & Communications Manager Michelle Robinson
Office Coordinator Julian Waneck
Box Office Assistant Monnika Young

Production Team

Show Electrician: Brandon Smit
Sound/Electrics Crew: Zachary LaPlue, Justin Thomas
Costume Running Crew: Kelsey Busboom, Troy Beckman, Zach Givens, Alicia, Beard, Bonnie Langthorn
Scenic Running Crew: Scott Searles, Cat Thomas, Alyssa Marek
Marketing/Publicity: McCoy Rasco
Front of House: Ethan Sims, Samantha Jaramillo, Eric Moore, Casey Magin

About SOTD

The UH School of Theatre & Dance produces pre-professional plays, dance concerts, studio productions, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Performances are delivered in in the Wortham and Quintero Theatres. The UH School of Theatre & Dance offers bachelor’s degrees in playwriting and dramaturgy, acting, design and technology, stage management and theatre education. Its graduate programs consist of a Master of Arts in theatre studies, a summer Master of Arts in theatre education, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in acting, and design and technology. Noted alums include actors Jim Parsons, Dennis Quaid, Brett Cullen and Robert Wuhl. Faculty includes award-winning playwright, television writer, and novelist, Theresa Rebeck, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow and Tony-nominated designer Kevin Rigdon. Past-distinguished faculty are Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Sir Peter Hall, Jose Quintero, Patsy Swayze and Cecil Pickett. In 2012 and 2013, the school was named “Best College Theater” in the Houston Press Theater Awards. For details on UH's School of Theatre & Dance, visit www.theatredance.uh.edu

Special Thanks

Alley Theatre

University of Houston – Downtown