"X-Men" Actor Cast Opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in L.A. Come Back, Little Sheba

News   "X-Men" Actor Cast Opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in L.A. Come Back, Little Sheba
Stage and screen actor Bruce Davison will star opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba in Los Angeles.

Bruce Davidson
Bruce Davidson

The Center Theatre Group production will play the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Michael Pressman will direct the Inge drama that will run June 17-July 15 with an opening slated for June 24.

Davison will play 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."

Davison made his Broadway debut in Tiger at the Gates and also appeared on the stage in The Elephant Man and The Glass Menagerie. He is known for film turns in "Willard," "Longtime Companion," "Runaway Jury," his recurring role as Senator Robert Kelly in the "X-Men" movies and the recent "Breach." He can also be seen in the current CBS drama "Close to Home."

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 so Mamet could further explore casting choices.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre currently houses the world premiere musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes (a CTG-Deaf West Theatre co-production) with a book by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and music by Striking 12's Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda — of the band GrooveLily. Jeff Calhoun (Big River) directs and choreographs the production that runs through May 13.

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. For the deaf community call TDD (213) 680-4017.

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