Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows

Primary Stages in association with Susan Dietz, presents the world premiere of While I Yet Live by the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots and Angels in America, Billy Porter, and directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller. While I Yet Live plays a limited, six-week engagement, now through October 31 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a NEW 42ND STREET® project (229 West 42nd Street). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the opening night curtain call below!

This new work about a young man's coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of fascinating and strong-willed women features Elain Graham (The Picture Box, "Smash"), Sheria Irving (Romeo & Juliet, Ethel Sings), Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba; "Law & Order"), Kevyn Morrow (Ragtime - Olivier nominee; Dreamgirls), Larry Powell(Broke-ology, The Christians), Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys, Wild With Happy), and Tony Award winnerLillias White (The Life, Fela!).

"This play is a love letter to my mother, my sister, and the women who raised me," says Porter. "Reflecting on my own life experience as a gay, black, Christian man, and survivor of abuse, I wanted to write a play that was about family, faith and the healing power of forgiveness, three things very necessary to move forward and make change in your life. Change is possible, but it takes patience."

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Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
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Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
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Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
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Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
S. Epatha Merkerson and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
S. Epatha Merkerson

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
S. Epatha Merkerson

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Lilias White, Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving and Billy Porter

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Lilias White, Billy Porter, Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
S. Epatha Merkerson and Sheryl Kaller

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller and Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter and Lilias White

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter, Lilias White, Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sheria Irving, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sheryl Kaller, Sharon Washington

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter and Lilias White

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter and Lilias White

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter and Lilias White

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter and Lilias White

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter, Lilias White, Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Sheryl Kaller, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter, Lilias White, Larry Powell, Sheria Irving, Sheryl Kaller, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Washington, Elain Graham and Kevyn Morrow

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
The Cast

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
Billy Porter

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Takes Opening Night Bows
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