In 1905, a Black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with a Jewish fabric merchant, a relationship they both know cannot grow. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly leads to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.

2 hours 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

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Rashada Dawan


Rashada is excited to be a part of this classical Lynn Nottage piece and is pleased to be making her Northlight debut! Select Chicago credits include Madagascar, Junie B. Jones, The Nutcracker (Marriott); Elf (Paramont); Caroline or Change (Firebrand/Timeline); Djembe (Foresight); Something In The Game (AMTP/Wirtz); The Winner of Our Discontent, A Red Line Runs Through It (Second City); Aida (MUNY); Dynamite Divas, Black White Love Play, and The Other Cinderella (Black Ensemble). TV/Film: Chicago PD, Shameless, Hope Springs Eternal, Easy, The Red Line, and Proven Innocent. Rashada is a Jeff award nominated actress and Executive Director of B.Fli Productions. She is most thankful to God for her Village, family and friends, Paonessa Talent Agency, and her two managers aka daughters, Journey and Genesis.

Yao Dogbe


Yao makes his Northlight debut with Intimate Apparel! Chicago credits: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare). Regional: Fences (American Player Theatre); Othello, Love Labour’s Lost (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Richard III, and Twelfth Night (Houston Shakespeare Festival). Upcoming: Big Love (Round House Theatre D.C/Maryland). Education: MFA in Theatre at University of Houston. Yao was listed as one of Houston’s best actors in 2017 for his performance as Booth in Susan Lori-Parks’ Topdog/Underdog. As an actor-playwright, he has had two of his plays produced in his hometown of Virginia, and Washington DC. Yao would like to give all thanks to his parents, Teresa (Tess) Akosua Dogbe and Samuel Korsi Dogbe.

Sean Fortunato

Mr. Marks

Sean was last seen at Northlight as Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You. Other credits include Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (Drury Lane); Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing, Travels with my Aunt (Writers); Book of Joseph, King Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare); 2666, Measure for Measure (Goodman); and work at Court; Timeline; Marriott; Remy Bumppo; About Face; Peninsula Players, WI; Intiman Theatre, WA; Old Globe Theatre, CA; and The Duke on 42nd, NY. TV/Film: Fargo (FX); Chicago PD, Chicago Med (NBC); and The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton. Sean has received eight Joseph Jefferson nominations and an After Dark Award. Next: Talley’s Folly at Theatre at the Center.

Mildred Marie Langford


Mildred is super excited to be back at Northlight, where she was last seen in Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas. Other credits include Gunshot Medley: Part 1 (CAB/Rogue Machine Theatre, Ovation Nomination, Lead Actress); Native Son (Antaeus Theatre Company/Kirk Douglas Theatre, 2019 Block Party); Domesticated, Animal Farm, Venus, The Crucible (Steppenwolf); The Royale (American Theater Company, BTAA Best Featured Actress); Luck of the Irish (Next Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Rep/Timeline); My Kind of Town, In Darfur (Timeline); Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens). TV/Film: Dimensional Shift, Magic Funhouse, Chicago Med, Masters of Sex, Boss, Dignity, Grow Up, Your Beautiful Baby, Concrete Rose, and Analysis Paralysis. Thank you, always, to my family and friends for your constant love and support. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Production Team

Tasia A. Jones


Tasia is a professional director, actor, and theatre educator. Her most recent directing credits include Small Mouth Sounds (UCCS Presents/Theatreworks), Voyeurs de Venus (Northwestern University), The MLK Project (Writers), Seussical the Musical (Jean’s Playhouse), and No Child (Northwestern University). Upcoming productions include White (Definition Theatre Company/ Steppenwolf Lookout) and In the Blood (Purdue University). She has appeared in such works as The Inside (Pegasus Theatre), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (The Lyric Stage Company), and The Bluest Eye (Company One). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and pursued her MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. She is also an artistic associate for Black Lives Black Words International Project and the current Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre.

Lynn Nottage


Recent: Opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel (LCT), Floyd’s (Guthrie), The Secret Life of Bees Musical (Atlantic). Upcoming: MJ (Broadway). Plays include Mlima’s Tale, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC awards). TV: Writer/producer She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix). PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Associate Professor at Columbia.

Scott Penner

Scenic Design

Scott is a Canadian-born, Chicago-based set and costume designer. His work explores how mass, shape and form react and connect with the body in space. His work has been seen at the Prague Quadrennial, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks (Colorado Springs); Aboutface Theatre (Chicago); The Grand Theatre (London); The Sudbury Theatre Centre, The Watermark Theatre (Prince Edward Island); The Globe Theatre (Regina); Buddies in Bad Times, Angelwalk Theatre (Toronto); and The Winnipeg Studio Theatre. His work includes design in classical theatre, new and modern plays, musical theatre, and dance. Upcoming projects include You Are A Field (Dietrich Group Toronto), White (Definition Theatre), Catch as Catch Can (Associate Design, Steppenwolf) and Love’s Labours Lost (American Players Theatre). Scott has an MFA from Northwestern University.

Raquel Adorno

Costume Design

Raquel is a costume designer based in Chicago and Puerto Rico. Select credits: Small Mouth Sounds (UCCS Theatreworks); Top Girls (Remy Bumppo); A Doll’s House, A Doll’s House, Part 2 (American Players Theatre); The Flick, The Cherry Orchard, Jane Eyre, The Orange Garden, Vinegar Tom (Northwestern University); Unelectable You (National Tour-Second City); D.O.A., The Long Christmas Ride Home, Desperate Dolls (Strawdog); Coriolanus, Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre); Murder Ballad, Princess Mary Demands Your Attention, CARRIE: The Musical (Bailiwick Chicago); Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage); The Submission, Songs from an Unmade Bed (Pride Films and Plays); Barefoot in the Park, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Accounts (Step Up Productions); and A Number, Scenes from an Execution (Runcible Theatre).

Claire Chrzan

Lighting Design

Jeffrey Levin

Sound Design

Katie Klemme

Production Stage Manager

Katie is pleased to return to Northlight after serving as Production Stage Manager on The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley and Landladies and Assistant Stage Manager on You Can’t Take It With You. Recent credits include Into the Woods (Writers); Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago, Sub); Sorin: A Notre Dame Story (National Tour); If I Forget, Indecent, Lettie (Victory Gardens); The Realistic Joneses (Theater Wit & Shattered Globe); Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse); and Mother and Me (Geva Theater Center, Rochester, NY). She was resident production stage manager at American Theater Company from 2008-2018 where highlights included the world premieres of Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize), The Project(s), and columbinus (Chicago and ArtsEmerson, Boston). She is on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.


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