Wednesday, February 13, 2008

S. Epatha Merkerson Scheduled for the Today Show

According to, Law & Order’s S. Epatha Merkerson is scheduled to be on The Today Show on Friday, February 15, 2008. says:
“S. Epatha Merkerson, currently appearing in Manhattan Theatre Club's critically acclaimed production of Come Back, Little Sheba, will be a guest on NBC's "The Today Show" this Friday, February 15 in the 9 AM hour. "The Today Show" airs in the tri-state area on WNBC, check local listings for additional information.

Merkerson will sit down with "The Today Show" host Al Roker to talk about her acclaimed performance as 'Lola' in Come Back, Little Sheba as well as her role in the long-running series "Law & Order."

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Tony Award nominee Merkerson ("Lackawanna Blues,") and Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee Kevin Anderson (Death of a Salesman, Orphans) head the cast of this new production which also includes Joseph Adams ("Dirty Sexy Money"), Chad Hoeppner (Butley), Daniel Damon Joyce (Broadway debut), Lyle Kanouse (Big River), Zoe Kazan (The Prime of Miss Jean Brody), Brian J. Smith (The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero), Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney), Brenda Wehle (Talking Heads) and Matthew J. Williamson ("Will & Grace"). The production is directed by two-time Emmy Awardâ winner Michael Pressman ("Law & Order," To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday).

"Lola (Merkerson) is a faded beauty queen trapped in a lonely marriage to Doc (Anderson), a recovering alcoholic on the brink of relapse. When a pretty young woman becomes a boarder in their cluttered Midwest home, their lives are unsettled as unspoken passions rise to the surface. As the emptiness of their marriage is laid bare, can they find their way back to each other or will they be undone? This new look at William Inge's great American story is an absorbing tale of lost hopes and unfulfilled promise, told with unflinching honesty and heartbreaking power," describe press notes.”

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