Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Nicole Ari Parker, Esau Pritchett, Thom Sesma, Everett Quinton and More Set for Antony and Cleopatra at McCarter Theatre through October 5, 2014

The Tony Award-Winning McCarter Theatre Center is kicking off its 2014-2015 season with a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, with performances from September 5, through October 5, 2014. Opening night is September 12. The theater is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, N.J.

Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

After their acclaimed Broadway run of A Streetcar Named Desire, Emily Mann and Nicole Ari Parker reunite to create a new version of Shakespeare’s story with a sharper focus on the legendary lovers whose destiny shaped the world.

She was the seductive queen of Egypt and he one of the generals of Rome. Their tempestuous love affair would tear empires apart. Parker (Boogie Nights, “Soul Food”) and Esau Pritchett (Fences) join director Mann for this sizzling production.

Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra is one of literature’s great masterpieces, full of romance, passion, and betrayal. Don’t miss this intimate tale of two legendary lovers whose desires shaped the destiny of the world.

The cast also features Philippe Bowgen as Agrippa, Keith Eric Chappelle as Soothsayer/Menas, Zainab Jah as Charmian, Mairin Lee as Iras/Octavia, Warner Miller as Eros, Everett Quinton as Mardian/Clown, Tobias Segal as Octavius Caesar, Thom Sesma as Lepidus/Scarus/Diomedes and Michael Siberry as Enobarbus, with live music from percussionist Mark Katsaounis.

Nicole Ari Parker is best known for her performance as Teri Joseph on the Showtime series Soul Food. She made her Broadway debut as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire for director Emily Mann which earned her an Outer Critics Award nomination. Nicole is currently in the TNT drama series Murder in the First. She has been featured in such films as Remember the Titansand Boogie Nights. Nicole is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival for Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress. Nicole established Sophie’s Voice Foundation with her husband, actor Boris Kodjoe, to raise awareness about children and adults living with spina bifida.

Esau Pritchett

Esau Pritchett

After making his McCarter Theatre debut in last season’s production of Fences, Esau Pritchett returns to the McCarter family this season as Antony in Antony & Cleopatra. Esau makes his home in New York City. He has worked in many regional theaters across the country over the past decade. His theater credits include many Shakespeare productions as well as some contemporary plays. He has been featured on the long-running crime drama Law & Order, and has credits in the independent film circuit. Coincidentally, Esau first visited the role of Marc Antony in a production of Julius Caesar at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre this past spring. Originally from Saginaw, MI, he earned a BA in performing Arts/Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 1998.

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma has had leading roles on Broadway and on tour: The Times They Are A-changin’, The Lion King, Search & Destroy, Titanic, Miss Saigon, Chu Chem, The Penelopiad, and others. Off-Broadway: NSYF/Public Theater, Roundabout, Second Stage, Drama Department, Mint, NAATCO, Epic Theatre, others. Regional: Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre-St. Louis, The MUNY, Cincinnati Playhouse, McCarter, Two River, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and many more. Recent: Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can (Music Theatre of Wichita). Nominated for 2014 Helen Hayes Award—lead performance in a musical for The Engineer in Miss Saigon (Signature Theatre). Film/TV: The Good Wife, Single Ladies, Third Watch, Law & Order, Canterbury’s Law, Over/Under, Lay the Favorite, Building Girl, Person of Interest. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC.

The creative team will feature scenic design by Daniel Ostling, lighting design by Edward Pierce, costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design and composition by Mark Bennett, and movement direction by Peter Pucci.

For more information or to purchase subscriptions, call (609) 258-5050 or go online at, or visit in person at 91 University Place in Princeton. Discount tickets are available at

Other articles on Thom Sesma:
July 23-27: Thom Sesma and Sklyer Adams Star in Music Theatre Wichita’s Catch Me If You Can
Thom Sesma and Michele Ragusa Star in Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg’s Craving for Travel through February 9, 2014 
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Jan. 9 – Feb. 9: Thom Sesma and Michele Ragusa to Star in Off-Broadway World Premiere of CRAVING FOR TRAVEL at Peter J. Sharp Theater
A Summer in Bangkok for Thom Sesma, Star of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Production Photos: Music Theatre of Wichita’s The King and I Starring Thom Sesma, Kim Huber, Alan Ariano, Karl Josef Co, Kay Trinidad, Tami Swartz at Century II Performing Arts Center through July 14, 2013
Christine Toy Johnson, Thom Sesma, Ali Ewolt, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Telly Leung and More Set for The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre on May 19, 2013
Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin de Jesus and John Tartaglia set for MUNY’s Aladdin, July 5-13
Thom Sesma is the keynote speaker for the Library of Congress celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) at the Mary Pickford Theater on May 17
Photos & Video Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas-In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Spotlight on Shanghai Moon’s Thom Sesma
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Extended through 8/23- “In Rehearsal” Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Featuring Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, Thom Sesma as Scar in The Lion King Las Vegas
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY
Backstage at The Lion King Las Vegas with Thom Sesma
Thom Sesma as Scar in The Lion King at Mandalay bay
Thom Sesma, Peter Kim and Andrew Cristi star in Durango
Thom Sesma Stars in Jeanne Sakata’s Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi
Thom Sesma in The Epic Theatre Ensemble’s A HARD HEART

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TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program Class of 2014: Victor Maog, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr, Snehal Desai, Deena Selenow, Jacob G. Padrón, Jr., Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll, Kelvin Dinkins, LaTeshia Dezelle Ellerson, Lisa Portes
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Oct. 8 -12: 2014 National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival Lineup
Sept. 17: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang Talks with A Chinaman’s Chance’s Author Eric Liu at 92nd Street Y
David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage Appointed to the Playwriting Faculty of Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program
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Photos & Video: The Wiz’s André De Shields Sang “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall
Joe Mantegna to Helm ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor
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Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering
Photos and Video: Ben Vereen Performs at Carnegie Hall in The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream
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Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, President Bill Clinton and More Remember Meshach Taylor
July 6: Memorial Service for ‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Photos: Meshach Taylor Celebrates 67th Birthday with Arlene and Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Jean Smart, Dennis Franz, Ernie Hudson, John Heard, Keith Szarabajka, Stuart Gordon, Shadoe Stevens and More
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Lena Hall, Sophie Okonedo, Kenny Leon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and More Take Home 2014 Tony Awards
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Crafting a Career
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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