S. Epatha Merkerson, Lillias White to team up in Porter play

S. Epatha Merkerson
In this March 11, 2012 file photo, actress S. Epatha Merkerson attends a special screening of “Bully,” in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter’s new play has attracted some fearsome talent — Emmy Award-winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Tony Award-winner Lillias White.
Primary Stages said Wednesday that “While Yet I Live” will star Merkerson, White, Elain Graham, Susan Heyward, Kevyn Morrow, Sharon Washington and Larry Powell. Sheryl Kaller will direct the play, which is about a young man’s coming of age in Pittsburgh.
Billy Porter
This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows actor-singer Billy Porter at the Empire State Pride Agenda 22nd Annual Fall Dinner in New York. ” (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)

The off-Broadway theater also revealed the cast of “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck’s new play, “Poor Behavior.” The comedy about two couples spending a not-so-idyllic weekend in the country will star Heidi Armbruster, Brian Avers, Jeff Biehl and Katie Kressler. Evan Cabnet will direct.
Primary Stages, celebrating its 30th season, will also offer “Lives of the Saints,” reuniting playwright David Ives and director John Rando.


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