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Cast & Creative Announced for Utah Premiere of 'Egress' by Melissa Crespo & Sarah Saltwick

Reanne Acasio, J.C. Ernst, and Vee Vargas Reanne Acasio, J.C. Ernst, and Vee Vargas
December 21, 2021

Salt Lake Acting Company is pleased to unveil its cast for the upcoming Utah premiere of Egress by Melissa Crespo & Sarah Saltwick. The new work, which received a virtual New Play Sounding Series Festival reading last year, will play SLAC’s Upstairs Theatre from February 2—20, 2022. The production will also stream on SLAC Digital February 21 through March 6. 

Reanne Acasio* returns to Salt Lake Acting Company, having led the cast of Alabaster last season. Acasio plays the role of You in Egress. J.C. Ernst* joins the cast as Man, and was last seen onstage at SLAC in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Vee Vargas makes their SLAC debut as Woman.

Serving as understudies for Egress are Wendy Dang (You/Woman) and Topher Rasmussen* (Man). Dang makes her SLAC debut, while Rasmussen has appeared at SLAC in several productions including Harbur Gate and Fun Home.Wendy Dang and Topher RasmussenWendy Dang and Topher Rasmussen

Colette Robert, who directed the NPSS Festival reading of Egress, returns for the fully-realized production. Robert is joined on the creative team by Dennis Hassan (set design), Dominique Fawn-Hill (costume design), Jessica Greenberg** (lighting design), Jennifer Jackson (sound design), and Erik Reichert (props design). Jennie Sant* serves as Production Stage Manager. Kenny Riches will once again direct and edit the filmed version of Egress, through SLAC’s partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists (aka The Davey Foundation).

Crespo and Saltwick’s play, which recently received its world premiere at Amphibian Stage in Dallas, is described as follows:

You are an expert on safety, but you no longer feel safe. You have just moved to a small college town to teach architecture, but you realize that your nightmares have followed you. And now, uncertainty lies around every corner. Egress is a provocative psychological thriller that draws us into the mind of a woman struggling to face her fears.

Buy Tickets Here

Tickets for Egress are now on sale at SaltLakeActingCompany.org (via the link above). Egress is also part of SLAC’s 50th Season subscription package—subscriptions are available by calling SLAC’s Audience Relationship Team at 801-363-7522.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States 
**The Lighting Designer for Egress is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the IATSE.
Egress Promotional ArtworkEgress artwork by Courtney Blair