Michael Esper Channels Personal Sobriety Journey in Broadway’s “Appropriate”

Michael Esper brings authenticity to Franz in "Appropriate," drawing from his sobriety journey.

Michael Esper’s role as a recovering addict in Broadway’s “Appropriate” resonates deeply with him, drawing from his two decades of sobriety.

Known for his performances in “American Idiot,” “The Lyons,” and “The Last Ship,” Esper brings authenticity to his character, Franz, the troubled sibling trying to mend his life.

“Appropriate,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, follows Franz and his siblings (played by Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll) as they gather at their late father’s Arkansas home, unearthing long-buried secrets and resentments.

Esper’s journey with recovery enriches his portrayal, allowing him to embody Franz’s struggles with genuine insight.

Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll join Michael Esper in the critically acclaimed Broadway drama “Appropriate.”

The production, praised for its depth and humor, has attracted numerous celebrities and received critical acclaim. Jacobs-Jenkins’ ability to subtly and effectively intertwine personal and political themes stands out.

Working alongside Paulson and Stoll has been a dream for Esper, who describes them as astonishing actors and people.

The cast also features Natalie Gold, Graham Campbell, Alyssa Emily Marvin, Lincoln Cohen, and Everett Sobers. Ella Beatty, replacing Elle Fanning, makes her Broadway debut as Franz’s fiancé, River.

Esper’s portrayal delves into themes of forgiveness and recovery, questions he has pondered throughout his journey. His commitment to sobriety has profoundly influenced his life and career, a testament to the transformative power of recovery.

“Appropriate,” running at the Belasco Theater through June 23, offers a powerful exploration of family, redemption, and the human capacity for change.