S. Epatha Merkerson Stars in L.A. Run of Come Back, Little Sheba Beginning June 17

News   S. Epatha Merkerson Stars in L.A. Run of Come Back, Little Sheba Beginning June 17 Stage and screen actress S. Epatha Merkerson heads the cast of the Los Angeles revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba, which begins performances June 17.

S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson

The Center Theatre Group production will officially open June 24 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for a run through July 15. Michael Pressman directs.

Alan Rosenberg plays Doc, a man "who is caught in a hapless, 25-year marriage" with Lola (Merkerson). "Lola," press materials continue, "opens their home to a fresh faced young boarder and soon the precarious balance of the couple's relationship is shaken by [her] youthful sexuality and vivaciousness."

Merkerson ("Law & Order," "Lackawanna Blues") and Rosenberg ("L.A. Law," "Cybill") are joined in the ensemble by Roger Aaron Brown, Josh Cooke, Michael Dempsey, Jenna Gavigan, Bill Heck, Lyle Kanouse, Joe Mahon, Brenda Wehle and Matthew J. Williamson.

The design team includes James Noone (set), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costumes), Jane Cox (lighting) and Cricket S. Myers (sound). The production also features original music by Peter Golub.

Come Back, Little Sheba replaces the previously announced world premiere of A Waitress in Yellowstone, a new musical by David Mamet, which was postponed by CTG until next season. Rosenberg replaces the previously announced Bruce Davison (The Elephant Man, "X-Men"), who left the production due to an "unexpected scheduling conflict."

Tickets to shows at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA, can be purchased by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or online at CenterTheatreGroup.org.