Take Five | Five questions with S. Epatha Merkerson

Most of you know S. Epatha Merkerson from her roles as Lt. Anita van Buren on the long-running NBC-TV series "Law & Order" and now as hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin in another Dick Wolf-produced series for NBC, "Chicago Med." Until Sunday, you can catch her on stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she is co-starring with Jane Kaczmarek in the dark comedy "The Roommate." She took a few minutes out of her busy work schedule to answer a few fun questions.

1. What drew you to this project?

I was drawn to this project by Mandy Greenfield. When she said to me, "I have a script I want you to read," I knew I would be challenged. Mandy has an amazing world view of theater. She's so smart. She clearly understands the power of theater and how it can change attitudes, thoughts and lives. Most importantly, she understands how casting can change perceptions.

2. What's it been like working with Jane?

Jane has a big heart and a mad crazy love for theater. She believes in the process and revels in the joy of discovery. She's a great storyteller and has a genuine collaborative spirit. And I think she's a little crazy! (Smile Jane!)

3. Is there a particular routine you like to follow before a performance?

I like to get to theater early. ... I always look over script to make sure I say (or correct for that performance) what the playwright has written. Music — gotta have that in the dressing room. I have my personal soundtrack for every show I do.

4. Once a show is up and running and you're not in rehearsal, how do you like to spend your leisure time?

Well the first thing I do is sleep in a little later. But I love to quilt (I will always be an amateur) and I love to read. But, if I'm going to be honest ... this bingeing thing is hard to resist!

5. What are a few of the items on your bucket list?

None of your business ... it's my bucket list!


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