Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President and Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that Jesse Tyler Ferguson will co-star opposite the previously announced Jesse Williams in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out.
Directed by Scott Ellis, Take Me Out will begin previews April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater (240 West 44th street). Ferguson will play the role of Mason Marzac, the money manager who develops a surprising and all-encompassing love for baseball.
Mr. Ferguson returns to Second Stage Theater, where he previously appeared in the musicals Little Fish and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
In the Tony Award®-winning Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams), the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.
Jesse Tyler Ferguso currently stars as “Mitchell Pritchett” on the Award-winning ABC comedy “Modern Family.” Recently renewed for its 11th and final season, the show has earned five Emmy Awards® for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award® for Outstanding Comedy Series and four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received five Emmy Award® nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and three People’s Choice Award nominations for “Favorite Comedic TV Actor” on behalf of “Modern Family.”
A longstanding advocate for marriage equality, Ferguson co-founded Tie The Knot in 2012 with his husband, where they design limited edition bow ties with all the proceeds going to various organizations that fight for LGBTQ equality around the world.
In 2017, he won the Drama Desk Award for “Best Solo Performance” for his 40-character turn in the Broadway production of Fully Committed. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as “Chip” in George C. Wolfe’s revival of On The Town. He later went on to originate the role of “Leaf Coneybear” in Second Stage’s Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, “Outstanding Ensemble Performance”). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors where he performed alongside Al Pacino, Sam Waterston, Jesse L. Martin, Martha Plimpton, Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn’s Where Do We Live and Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Second Stage) as well as “Sir Robin” in Spamalot, “Leo Bloom” in The Producers, both at The Hollywood Bowl, and most recently Log Cabin with Playwrights Horizons, directed by Tony Award® and Obie Award-winner Pam MacKinnon. Ferguson will appear in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons this summer as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival’s 65th season.
Richard Greenberg is the author of The Babylon Line, The Assembled Parties (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play; Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award), The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist), The American Plan, and many other plays.
Second Stage Theater is currently presenting Dying City, written and directed by Christopher Shinn, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell. The production opened on Monday, June 3rd and runs through June 30th at The Tony Kiser Theater.