Friday, May 10, brings the former “Law & Order” star to the big screen in “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples,” where she plays the mother of Kerry Washington’s bride-to-be character who must meet her daughter’s out-of-place fiance (Craig Robinson) during a family get together. Meanwhile, Merkerson’s theater project “Geri Allen & Friends: Celebrating the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo,” will debut the following day at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

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Photos by: AP Images/S. Epatha Merkerson