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Raúl Eduardo Esparza (born October 24, 1970) is an American stage and television actor, singer, and voice artist. He has received Tony nominations for his role as Philip Salon in the Boy George musical Taboo in 2004; Robert, an empty man devoid of connection in the musical comedy Company in 2006; a lazy and snarky man in Harold Pinter 's The Homecoming ; and an aggressive volatile movie producer in David Mamet 's Speed the Plow . He played the role of Riff Raff on Broadway in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show and the role of Caractacus Potts in the Broadway musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang .

Esparza has been nominated in all Tony categories for which an actor is eligible. He is widely regarded for his versatility on stage, having performed musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber , Stephen Sondheim , Kander and Ebb , Boy George , and the Sherman Brothers and plays by Mamet, Pinter, William Shakespeare , Tom Stoppard , and more. His film work includes Sidney Lumet 's Find Me Guilty and Wes Craven 's My Soul to Take and his television credits include roles on Medium , Hannibal , Pushing Daisies , and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . He narrated the audiobook for Stephen King 's Under the Dome , as well as several others, and sings in concerts all over the country.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware , to Cuban American parents, and raised in Miami , Florida , Esparza graduated from Belen Jesuit in 1988 [1] and later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University 's Tisch School of the Arts . [ citation needed ]

Esparza appeared on Broadway in a limited-engagement revival of Tom Stoppard 's Arcadia , which began previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 25, 2011 and opened on March 17, 2011. [3]

Esparza appeared in the musical Leap of Faith in the role of the "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale. He was involved in the workshop in 2008, the out-of-town tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles) in 2010, and the Broadway production in 2012, [4] for which he received a 2012 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. [5]

In 1999, Esparza portrayed Che in the national tour of Evita , opposite Natalie Toro . The tour was intended to open on Broadway, but failed to do so. In 2001, he appeared Off-Broadway in tick, tick... BOOM! by Jonathan Larson , garnering a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He appeared in two Stephen Sondheim musicals, Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along at the 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration. [6] He also appeared as The Arbiter in the The Actors Fund of America concert of Sir Tim Rice 's Chess in September 2003. [7]

In 2009, Esparza starred in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater (New York) with Anne Hathaway , from June 25 through July 12. [8] He starred as Hapgood in the City Center Encores! staged concert production of Anyone Can Whistle from April 8 to 11, 2010, opposite Sutton Foster as Fay and Donna Murphy as the Mayoress. [9]

Rafael Barba is a fictional character portrayed by Raúl Esparza , who joined the cast of the long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on a recurring basis during the 14th season episode " Twenty-Five Acts ". The character was promoted to a series regular for the 15th season.

Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba transfers from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, to Manhattan, after requesting what he refers to as a "lateral move". Barba is brought in to work with the Special Victims Unit at the behest of temporary SVU captain, Steven Harris ( Adam Baldwin ), due to the aftermath of the Delia Wilson case . He is an aggressive, often ruthless prosecutor who puts pressure on not only the detectives, but also the victims and witnesses, in order to achieve outcomes. [1] He is well-read, and fond of referencing authors such as Tom Wolfe and Kurt Vonnegut .

In his first case with the Special Victims Unit, he prosecutes a rape similar to a best selling erotic novel Twenty-Five Acts by Jocelyn Paley ( Anna Chlumsky ), who is the rape victim. Barba tells the detectives to uncover anything and everything about Paley and her attacker. After rushing to put Paley on the stand to testify, Barba and the detectives discover that Paley did not write the book, which forces Barba to get creative with the trial. Barba taunts the defendant with a belt tied around his neck, resulting in him lashing out and choking Barba from behind the way he did to the victims. After this, the jury finds the defendant guilty. [2]

Barba goes head to head with the Suffolk County District Attorney, Pam James ( Jane Kaczmarek ), in the episode "Beautiful Frame", after a Manhattan rape victim is charged with the murder of her ex-boyfriend in Suffolk County. Detective Benson questions the charges against the woman and gathers enough evidence for Barba to put another man on trial for the same murder, as Barba and James race to get a conviction before the other. Barba and the SVU detectives uncover a scandal within the Suffolk County DA's office, as one of James' investigators set the young woman up for the murder. Barba offers to spare James' office of more embarrassment as long as the investigator is convicted for the murder in Suffolk County. [3]

In the episode, "Funny Valentine", Barba and the detectives have a tough time convincing pop star Micha Green (Tiffany Robinson) to testify against her abusive boyfriend, hip-hop artist Caleb Bryant (Eugene Jones). After a shooting that kills her manager with Bryant as a suspect, Barba and Detective Olivia Benson ( Mariska Hargitay ) convince Green to testify in the grand jury. But when she finally takes the stand, she tells Barba that her boyfriend was not at the scene and instead says Barba and Benson put those words in her mouth. After Bryant escapes prosecution, the couple flees on a vacation, where Bryant ultimately beats Green to death. [4]

The series also provides a few details about Barba's family. He had a difficult relationship with his father; he says that the elder Barba "has been dead 15 years, and my hand still curls into a fist whenever I think of him." [8] He and his mother, Lucia ( Mercedes Ruehl ), take care of Barba's grandmother Catalina (Anne Betancourt). When Catalina can no longer take care of herself, Barba tries to have her moved to a retirement community against her will, rather than have Lucia leave her job as the principal of a charter school to take care of her. When Catalina dies of a heart attack shortly before the move, Barba blames himself. [2]

In the seventeenth season, ADA Barba is relentless in getting perpetrators behind bars and in "Intersecting Lives," Barba goes after Riker's correctional officer Gary Munson ( Brad Garrett ), who was raping female inmates. As Barba brings charges against him, the entire prison guard system turns against him, feeling that Barba's office rushed to charge their fellow officer based on inmate lies. Barba is ominously threatened in the courthouse elevator and on the steps outside following a press conference. In the following episode, "Heartfelt Passages," Barba reveals he has been receiving threats even before the Munson case; Detectives Carisi and Rollins proceed to help Barba identify them and assign him a security detail.



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Rafael Barba is a fictional character portrayed by Raúl Esparza , who joined the cast of the long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on a recurring basis during the 14th season episode " Twenty-Five Acts ". The character was promoted to a series regular for the 15th season.

Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba transfers from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, to Manhattan, after requesting what he refers to as a "lateral move". Barba is brought in to work with the Special Victims Unit at the behest of temporary SVU captain, Steven Harris ( Adam Baldwin ), due to the aftermath of the Delia Wilson case . He is an aggressive, often ruthless prosecutor who puts pressure on not only the detectives, but also the victims and witnesses, in order to achieve outcomes. [1] He is well-read, and fond of referencing authors such as Tom Wolfe and Kurt Vonnegut .

In his first case with the Special Victims Unit, he prosecutes a rape similar to a best selling erotic novel Twenty-Five Acts by Jocelyn Paley ( Anna Chlumsky ), who is the rape victim. Barba tells the detectives to uncover anything and everything about Paley and her attacker. After rushing to put Paley on the stand to testify, Barba and the detectives discover that Paley did not write the book, which forces Barba to get creative with the trial. Barba taunts the defendant with a belt tied around his neck, resulting in him lashing out and choking Barba from behind the way he did to the victims. After this, the jury finds the defendant guilty. [2]

Barba goes head to head with the Suffolk County District Attorney, Pam James ( Jane Kaczmarek ), in the episode "Beautiful Frame", after a Manhattan rape victim is charged with the murder of her ex-boyfriend in Suffolk County. Detective Benson questions the charges against the woman and gathers enough evidence for Barba to put another man on trial for the same murder, as Barba and James race to get a conviction before the other. Barba and the SVU detectives uncover a scandal within the Suffolk County DA's office, as one of James' investigators set the young woman up for the murder. Barba offers to spare James' office of more embarrassment as long as the investigator is convicted for the murder in Suffolk County. [3]

In the episode, "Funny Valentine", Barba and the detectives have a tough time convincing pop star Micha Green (Tiffany Robinson) to testify against her abusive boyfriend, hip-hop artist Caleb Bryant (Eugene Jones). After a shooting that kills her manager with Bryant as a suspect, Barba and Detective Olivia Benson ( Mariska Hargitay ) convince Green to testify in the grand jury. But when she finally takes the stand, she tells Barba that her boyfriend was not at the scene and instead says Barba and Benson put those words in her mouth. After Bryant escapes prosecution, the couple flees on a vacation, where Bryant ultimately beats Green to death. [4]

The series also provides a few details about Barba's family. He had a difficult relationship with his father; he says that the elder Barba "has been dead 15 years, and my hand still curls into a fist whenever I think of him." [8] He and his mother, Lucia ( Mercedes Ruehl ), take care of Barba's grandmother Catalina (Anne Betancourt). When Catalina can no longer take care of herself, Barba tries to have her moved to a retirement community against her will, rather than have Lucia leave her job as the principal of a charter school to take care of her. When Catalina dies of a heart attack shortly before the move, Barba blames himself. [2]

In the seventeenth season, ADA Barba is relentless in getting perpetrators behind bars and in "Intersecting Lives," Barba goes after Riker's correctional officer Gary Munson ( Brad Garrett ), who was raping female inmates. As Barba brings charges against him, the entire prison guard system turns against him, feeling that Barba's office rushed to charge their fellow officer based on inmate lies. Barba is ominously threatened in the courthouse elevator and on the steps outside following a press conference. In the following episode, "Heartfelt Passages," Barba reveals he has been receiving threats even before the Munson case; Detectives Carisi and Rollins proceed to help Barba identify them and assign him a security detail.