Come Back, Little Sheba, Starring Merkerson, Will Play Broadway in 2008

News   Come Back, Little Sheba, Starring Merkerson, Will Play Broadway in 2008
Manhattan Theatre Club will bring William Inge back to Broadway by producing Come Back, Little Sheba, starring S. Epatha Merkerson, at the Biltmore Theatre in early 2008.

S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson

Director Michael Pressman's staging of the family drama was recently seen in Los Angeles, with Merkerson as frustrated wife Lola. Pressman will repeat his duties for Broadway. Merkerson is the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Tony Award nominee known for TV's "Law & Order," HBO's "Lackawanna Blues," and Broadway's The Piano Lesson.

The production will begin previews at the Biltmore Jan. 3, 2008, and will open Jan. 24.

In the play by the Midwestern author of Bus Stop, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Picnic, Lola "is a faded beauty queen trapped in a lonely marriage to Doc, a recovering alcoholic on the brink of relapse," according to MTC. "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?"

It's billed as "an absorbing tale of lost hopes and unfulfilled promise, told with unflinching honesty and heartbreaking power."

The creative team and additional casting for Come Back, Little Sheba will be announced at a later date.

The Los Angeles revival opened June 24 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as a presentation of Center Theatre. It closed July 22. Michael Pressman directed; Alan Rosenberg played Doc.

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