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S. Epatha Merkerson

 
Date of Birth: November 28, 1952 (69)

Birth Place: Saginaw, MI, USA

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Stage Credits

  [Williamstown, MA (Regional)]
Original Production at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2017
Sharon
  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 0
Performer
  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Revival, 2008
Lola
  [Broadway]
1990
Berniece
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1980
Performer (Understudy)


S. Epatha Merkerson Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
S. Epatha Merkerson, While I Yet Live
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
S. Epatha Merkerson, Come Back, Little Sheba
 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
S. Epatha Merkerson, Come Back, Little Sheba
 
The Lortels - 2006 - Outstanding Lead Actress
S. Epatha Merkerson, Birdie Blue
 
The Lortels - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actress
S. Epatha Merkerson, Fucking A
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play Gold Star
S. Epatha MerkersonThe Old Settler
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Actress - Musical
S. Epatha Merkerson, The Piano Lesson
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Actress - Play Gold Star
S. Epatha Merkerson, The Piano Lesson
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
S. Epatha MerkersonThe Piano Lesson
 
Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
S. Epatha MerkersonThe Piano Lesson
 
Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
S. Epatha Merkerson , The Piano Lesson

S. Epatha Merkerson News

THE PIANO LESSON Extended Through January 2023 Photo THE PIANO LESSON Extended Through January 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2022

The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be extended by popular demand -- through January 29, 2023. The Piano Lesson remains the highest grossing revival of a play on Broadway.

VIDEO: First Look at Peacock's POKER FACE from Rian Johnson Starring Natasha Lyonne Photo VIDEO: First Look at Peacock's POKER FACE from Rian Johnson Starring Natasha Lyonne
by Michael Major - Oct 26, 2022

Poker Face is a 10-episode mystery-of-the-week series following Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie, who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve. Watch the video trailer now!

THE PIANO LESSON Announces General Rush and Digital Lottery Policies Photo THE PIANO LESSON Announces General Rush and Digital Lottery Policies
by Stephi Wild - Oct 19, 2022

The general rush and digital lottery policies have been announced for the Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph & More SAG-AFTRA Members Urge Congress to End Hair D Photo Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph & More SAG-AFTRA Members Urge Congress to End Hair Discrimination & Pass CROWN Act
by Michael Major - Oct 19, 2022

Among the members who signed the statement of support for the CROWN Act are Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kerry Washington, and dozens of other performers. In the letter, members assert, ‚ÄúDiscrimination based on hair style or texture is a destructive practice that has alienated and caused irreparable harm to Black Americans.‚Ä̬†

Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night Photo Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 15, 2022

The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, where The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the arrivals and you can check out photos of Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more on the red carpet below!

Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Company Celebrates Opening Night Photo Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Company Celebrates Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 14, 2022

The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big night and you can check out photos of the company on the red carpet below!

Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Cast Takes Opening Night Bows Photo Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Cast Takes Opening Night Bows
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 14, 2022

The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Thursday, October 13th.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CHICAGO MED on NBC - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CHICAGO MED on NBC - Wednesday, October 19, 2022
by TV Scoop - Oct 13, 2022

Get all the scoop on CHICAGO MED, airing on NBC on Wednesday, October 19, 2022! The effects of the supply chain shortages continue to impact the E.D. when Vanessa’s drug dealer reappears. One of the victims of the recent train crash needs a transplant, forcing Crockett to improvise. Watch a video preview of the new episode now!

Video: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for THE PIANO LESSON Photo Video: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for THE PIANO LESSON
by Red Carpet - Oct 13, 2022

Tonight's the night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre! The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, officially opens on Broadway. BroadwayWorld will be there for the big night, so be sure to tune in at 5:45pm ET as we bring you red carpet video coverage.

Photos: First Look at Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks and More in THE PIANO LESSON Photo Photos: First Look at Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks and More in THE PIANO LESSON
by Show Highlights - Oct 13, 2022

All new production photos have been released from the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, ahead of the show’s opening night tonight, Thursday, October 13th at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (241 West 47th St).

S. Epatha Merkerson Videos

Photos & Video: See Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Danielle Brooks & More  Videoplay
Photos & Video: See Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Danielle Brooks & More at THE PIANO LESSON First Preview

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 20, 2022

The first-ever performance of the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is now in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Get a first look at photos and video here!

VIDEO: THE PIANO LESSON Director LaTanya Richardson Jackson Stops By The Barrymore Videoplay
VIDEO: THE PIANO LESSON Director LaTanya Richardson Jackson Stops By The Barrymore

by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2022

The marquee for the first Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, which comes more than 30 years after the seminal, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama’s premiere, is now up at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for its 17-week engagement.

VIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Celebrates Its First Broadway Preview! Videoplay
VIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Celebrates Its First Broadway Preview!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2021

Manhattan Theatre Club reopened its doors today with the first preview of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues, which reopens MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre!

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'iNO' Episode of NBC's CHICAGO MED
by - Nov 18, 2015

On the next episode of NBC's CHICAGO MED titled "iNO", as Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) treats a bleeding teenage girl, he discovers she's just given birth, sparking a frantic search for her abandoned baby.

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE on Opening Night
by TV - Opening Night Special - Oct 14, 2014

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¬ģ project (229 West 42nd Street). BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for opening night and you can check out interviews with the full gang below!

BWW TV: Billy Porter, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lillias White & More Preview WHILE I YET LIVE at Primary Stages
by Randy Rainbow - Sep 20, 2014

Primary Stages in association with Susan Dietz (Fela!, Mothers and Sons), present 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 (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall, Adrift in Macao). Poor Behavior plays a limited, six-week engagement September 23 - October 31 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a NEW 42ND STREET project (229 West 42nd Street). Opening night is Sunday, October 12 at 7PM. The company recently met the press and BroadwayWorld's Randy Rainbow was there for the big event. Check out a behind the scenes look below!

STAGE TUBE: Directors Hudson, Rashad and More Talk August Wilson Live Recordings
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2013

August WilsonFor the very first time, the Estate of August Wilson has granted an organization the rights to record all 10 of these works. Kicking off on Monday, August 26 with 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' The Greene Space - the performance venue of public radio stations WNYC and WQXR -- will stage these readings before live audiences, and will make them present them as live video webcasts for viewers everywhere at www.thegreenespace.org. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of the leading interpreters of Wilson's work, is Artistic Director. The series has assembled a formidable group of 'Wilson Warriors' including Phylicia Rashad, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kenny Leon, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm and many others, along with Wilson first-timers including Taraji P. Hensonand Jesse L. Martin. Click below to watch interviews with the directors!

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Brian J. Smith Guests on Syfy's DEFIANCE Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2013

Brian J. Smith guest stars in an all-new episode of Syfy's hit series, Defiance, tonight, June 10 at 9PM ET/PT. Get a sneak peek below!

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Brian J. Smith Guests on Syfy's DEFIANCE
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 4, 2013

Brian J. Smith guest stars in an all-new episode of Syfy's hit series, Defiance,Monday, June 10 at 9PM ET/PT. Get a sneak peek below!

BWW TV: '03 Gypsy's Jenna Gavigan Goes Cabaret in L.A.
by James Sims - Mar 31, 2008

BroadwayWorld's own James Sims stopped by Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's to chat with Jenna Gavigan about her big Broadway debut in Gypsy with Bernadette Peters, performing opposite S. Epatha Merkerson, working as a television actress and crafting a cabaret show.


S. Epatha Merkerson Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has S. Epatha Merkerson been in?
S. Epatha Merkerson has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has S. Epatha Merkerson been in?
S. Epatha Merkerson has not appeared in the West End

What awards has S. Epatha Merkerson been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for While I Yet Live , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come Back, Little Sheba , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Come Back, Little Sheba , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Birdie Blue , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Fucking A , Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Old Settler , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson , Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson , Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Piano Lesson Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Olivier Awards) for The Piano Lesson and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Piano Lesson .

What awards has S. Epatha Merkerson won?
Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Old Settlerand Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson.