The actress will be a featured guest on the talk show which airs in the New York City area on WABC (Channel 7) at 11 AM. Check your local listings.
Michael Pressman directs the new staging of the 1950 William Inge drama which began performances Jan. 3 and opened Jan. 24 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway.
Starring as Lola, Merkerson appears opposite a cast that also features Kevin Anderson, Zoe Kazan, Lyle Kanouse, Brian Smith, Brenda Wehle, Matthew J. Williamson, Joseph Adams, Chad Hoeppner, Daniel Damon Joyce and Keith Randolph Smith.
Merkerson, known to television audiences for her role on "Law & Order," has previously been seen on stage in The Piano Lesson, Fucking A, I'm Not Stupid and Birdie Blue. She also earned acclaim for her portrayal in the HBO TV version of "Lackawanna Blues." She starred in the 2007 Los Angeles revival of the Inge play, also directed by Pressman, at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Come Back, Little Sheba follows Lola, a faded beauty queen trapped in a lonely marriage to Doc (Anderson), "a recovering alcoholic on the brink of relapse," according to MTC. "When a pretty young woman (Kazan) 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." For information about MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.