S. Epatha Merkerson News

Date Of Birth:
November 28, 1952 (61)
Birth Place:
Saginaw, MI, USA
Gender:
Female
Primary Stages Announces Casts and Creative Teams for 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) has announced casting and creative teams for the first two productions of their 30th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Julianne Moore Toasts Tony Nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Yesterday Julianne Moore hosted an afternoon tea in honor of Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson, currently starring as Lena Younger in A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Held at Lady Mendl's at the Inn at Irving Place, an impressive group of women from theatre, film and television, including LaTanya's fellow Tony nominated costars Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose, gathered to salute LaTanya. Although she was unable to attend, First Lady Michelle Obama did send a note which was read aloud by Julianne Moore after Ms. Moore made a toast to LaTanya. Samuel L. Jackson and Bart Freundlich crashed the party to enjoy the afternoon with their wives. (more...)

WSU's Bonstelle Theatre Presents GUYS AND DOLLS, Now thru 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Tonight, April 11, Theatre and Dance at Wayne rolls back the clock to the era when the Bonstelle Theatre became a part of Wayne State University, with the production of the 1950 classic, Guys & Dolls. Based on Damon Runyon's story and characters, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy features one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre, and is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the MOTHERS AND SONS Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Mar 25, 2014

Four-time TonyŽ Award winning playwright Terrence McNally just celebrated two milestones on The Great White Way-his 20th Broadway production and the 50th Anniversary of his Broadway debut-with the opening night of his newest play, Mothers and Sons, at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) last night, March 24, 2014. Over the course of five decades, Mr. McNally has chronicled the human experience with a wide range of works including Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman,The Rink, The Ritz, and Bad Habits. BroadwayWorld was there for McNally's big opening night and below you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet. Guests included Bernadette Peters, Victor Garber, Chita Rivera, Doris Riberts and more! (more...)

WSU's Bonstelle Theatre to Present GUYS AND DOLLS, 4/11-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

On Friday April 11, Theatre and Dance at Wayne rolls back the clock to the era when the Bonstelle Theatre became a part of Wayne State University, with the production of the 1950 classic, Guys & Dolls. Based on Damon Runyon's story and characters, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy features one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre, and is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. (more...)

Harlem Stage Hosts Geri Allen's Mary Lou Williams Tribute, Now thru 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

World-renowned composer and pianist Geri Allen presents 'A Conversation with Mary Lou: Geri Allen Celebrates Mary Lou Williams' a new music and spoken-word tribute to the legacy of jazz groundbreaker Mary Lou Williams. Featuring vocalist/actress Carmen Lundy, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Kassa Overall. Directed by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson ('Law & Order'). (more...)

Harlem Stage to Host Geri Allen's Mary Lou Williams Tribute, 3/13-15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

World-renowned composer and pianist Geri Allen presents 'A Conversation with Mary Lou: Geri Allen Celebrates Mary Lou Williams' a new music and spoken-word tribute to the legacy of jazz groundbreaker Mary Lou Williams. Featuring vocalist/actress Carmen Lundy, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Kassa Overall. Directed by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson ('Law & Order'). (more...)

Photo Coverage: ALL THE WAY's Opening Night Red Carpet with Diane Paulus, Chris O'Dowd, Tracy Letts & More
by Walter McBride - Mar 09, 2014

All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, opened on March 6, 2014, on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. BroadwayWorld was on the scene to capture the starry red carpet arrivals - check out photos below! (more...)

LATE BUS TO MECCA & EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE to Play Studio Theatre, 3/28-4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Two classic African American plays - Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are returning to the stage in a new and unique off-Broadway production at The Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in New York's Theatre District. With a limited run from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, April 6 2014, Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are being produced by Lauren M. Smith and Michael Sonnenberg, and directed by Marishka S. Phillips. (more...)

Woodie King's 2014 Black History Month Play Festival to Feature S. Epatha Merkerson, Great Divas of Gospel & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Woodie King Jr's National Black Touring Circuit's 2014 Black History Month Play Festival, in conjunction with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, will present "The Great Divas of Gospel" on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 23 at 3:00pm at the New York Academy of Medicine, 103rd St. & Fifth Avenue. (more...)

Danny Glover & Debbi Morgan to Host NFT 44th Anniversary Gala, 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre's 44th anniversary will culminate with a special Gala at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street) on Sunday evening March 16th. This special event saluting NFT, for over 40 years a seminal force in Black Theater, will be hosted by Danny Glover and Debbi Morgan. Honorary Chairmen are Harry Belafonte and Hon. Mayor David N. Dinkins. The celebration will kick off at 4pm, and feature performances from Daniel Beaty, Impact Repertory Theater (Academy Award Nominee, 'Raise It Up' from the film August Rush), Chuck Jackson, and Valerie Simpson. (more...)

Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA to End Run After Season Six
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

All will finally be revealed in the final season of Lifetime's critically-acclaimed hit series Drop Dead Diva (#DropDeadDiva), premiering Sunday, March 23, at 9pm ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere. (more...)

Sinteatro Intimus to Present AT THE END OF THE CENTURY at Teatro LATEA, 2/20-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

Sinteatro Intimus will present AT THE END OF THE CENTURY, written & directed by Aminta DeLara, from February 20 through March 9, 2014, at Teatro LATEA. Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes is Associate Producer. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad, Spike Lee, Andre De Shields and More Offer Personalized Valentine's Day Messages to Support New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special fundraising campaign, 'Love For New Federal Theatre.' Celebrity participants and supporters of NFT themselves, including Phylicia Rashad, Spike Lee, Alicia Keys, Melba Moore, Marla Gibbs, Robert Hooks, Roscoe Orman, Ruby Dee, Avery Brooks, Glynn Turman, Kene Holiday, Chadwick Boseman, Petri Hawkins Byrd, Impotep Gary Byrd, Debbie Allen, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, John Amos, Robert Townsend, Leslie Uggams, Ted Lange, Andre DeShields, Mike Tyson and Danny Glover, among others, will fans will have the opportunity to order a limited number of personalized Valentine's Day messages. These celebrity messages will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. (more...)

Lifetime's THE GABBY DOUGLAS STORY Scores 3.8 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

Lifetime, cable's number one destination for original movies across all key demographics, including Total Viewers, continued its impressive run of movie premieres with Saturday's launch of The Gabby Douglas Story (#GoGoldOrGoHome), scoring 3.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen Research. Immediately following the movie at 10:00 pm, the hour-long documentary Beyond the Headlines: The Gabby Douglas Story averaged 3.0 million Total Viewers. The Gabby Douglas Story was the most-tweeted program of the night across all of television (excluding sports), according to Nielsen SocialGuide. (more...)

Photo Flash: S. Epatha Merkerson, Daniel Mitura and More in Signature Theatre's A SHIFT IN GRAVITY Reading
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson ('Law & Order'), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Peri Gilpin('Frasier'), Daniel Mitura and Jean Brassard participated in a benefit reading of Kathleen McGhee-Anderson's new play A SHIFT IN GRAVITY, directed by Ricardo Khan on Monday, December 9 at 8:30pm at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. Scroll down for photos from the reading! (more...)

S. Epatha Merkerson, Peri Gilpin & More Set for A SHIFT IN GRAVITY Benefit Reading Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson ('Law & Order'), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Peri Gilpin ('Frasier'), Daniel Mitura and Jean Brassard are set for benefit reading of Kathleen McGhee-Anderson's new play A SHIFT IN GRAVITY, directed by Ricardo Khan today, December 9 at 8:30pm at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. A SHIFT IN GRAVITY is presented by 651 ARTS and associated produced by Lorraine Rodriquez-Reyes. (more...)

S. Epatha Merkerson, Peri Gilpin & More Set for A SHIFT IN GRAVITY Benefit Reading, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson ('Law & Order'), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Peri Gilpin ('Frasier'), Daniel Mitura and Jean Brassard set for benefit reading of Kathleen McGhee-Anderson's new play A SHIFT IN GRAVITY, directed by Ricardo Khan on Monday, December 9 at 8:30pm at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. A SHIFT IN GRAVITY is presented by 651 ARTS and associated produced by Lorraine Rodriquez-Reyes. (more...)

Bonstelle Theatre Stages 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Now thru 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Wayne State University's Bonstelle Theatre presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Michele L. Vacca, tonight, November 22-24 and December 5-8, 2013. (more...)

Bonstelle Theatre to Stage 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 11/22-12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Wayne State University's Bonstelle Theatre presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Michele L. Vacca, November 22-24 and December 5-8, 2013. (more...)

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