SECOND STAGE THEATER Confirms Casting for TAKE ME OUT - Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams to Return
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:13 pm EDT 07/29/21

Casting Confirmed for Upcoming Broadway Production



Directed by SCOTT ELLIS

Beginning Previews Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Officially Opens on Broadway Monday, April 4, 2022


(New York, NY) - Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President and Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director) has confirmed that Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jesse Williams will return for the upcoming production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, TAKE ME OUT. Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Williams will be making their Broadway debuts in this production.Also returning are previously announced cast members Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks.The production, which had been scheduled to open in April 2020, had been postponed because of the Broadway shutdown. The role of Davey Battle remains to be cast.

Directed by Scott Ellis, TAKE ME OUT will now begin previews on Broadway at the Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street) on March 9, 2022 and will officially open on April 4, 2022.

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.

The full creative team for TAKE ME OUT includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, and casting by Jim Carnahan.

TAKE ME OUT is supported by grants from the Berlanti Family Foundation, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Subscriptions for Second Stage's 42nd Season, including Take Me Out are on sale now via www.2ST.com. A date for the general public on sale will be announced in September. For more information, please visit 2ST.com.


PATRICK J. ADAMS starred for seven seasons as Mike Ross in USA Network's hit drama, "Suits," a role which garnered him a SAG Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Adams directed several episodes, including the landmark 100th. Most recently, he led the Mercury 7 as Major John Glenn in "The Right Stuff," an original drama series based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Wolfe. Additional television credits include a recurring role on the third season of Amazon's critically acclaimed drama series, "Sneaky Pete," the 2014 television miniseries "Rosemary's Baby" directed by Agnieska Holland, the acclaimed series "Luck" opposite Dustin Hoffman and Michael Gambon, and "Orphan Black" opposite Tatiana Maslany.

Adams starred in the 2019 sci-fi feature film and Toronto International Film Festival selection, Clara. Other film credits include the hit comedy, Old School, directed by Todd Phillips, and the 2009 Berlin Film Festival competitor, Rage, directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Sally Potter alongside Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Wiest and Steve Buscemi. His independent feature work includes The Waterhole, 2009 Slamdance entry Weather Girl, 6 Month Rule directed by Blayne Weaver, and Car Dogs opposite Octavia Spencer.

On stage, Adams starred alongside Troian Bellisario in the Old Globe Theatre's world premiere production of Anna Ziegler's The Last Match. He produced and starred in Bill Cain's ("House of Cards") acclaimed production of 9 Circles at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles for which he received a Backstage Garland Award for Best Performance in a Play and a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination. He is a member of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights. Cain's Equivocation was developed at Ojai and Adams subsequently starred in the celebrated Geffen Playhouse production, which received the 2010 Best Production at the LA Ovation Awards. He made his professional stage debut in the West Coast premiere of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at The Mark Taper Forum, which also took home Best Play at the Ovation Awards. Adams also produced and directed a hit revival of Marat/Sade, for which he accepted Best Production at the L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards.

Originally from Toronto, Patrick is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He serves on the USC School of Dramatic Arts Board of Councilors and the Ojai Playwrights Conference Board of Directors.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON returns to Second Stage Theatre, where he originated the role of "Leaf Coneybear" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, "Outstanding Ensemble Performance") and in the world premiere musical, Little Fish, by Michael John LaChiusa.

An actor, author, producer, and host known not only for his creative work but for his ongoing advocacy in the LGBTQ+ community, Ferguson starred as the beloved character "Mitchell Pritchett" on the Award-winning ABC comedy "Modern family" for 11 seasons. The show has earned five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and four SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson also received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and four People's Choice Award nominations for "Favorite Comedic TV Actor" on behalf of the show. He is currently in production on Universal's Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks, and on Ivy + Bean film series for Netflix.

Ferguson recently served as an executive producer on David France's Bafta-winning documentary, Welcome to Chechnya, about the anti-gay purges in Chechnya of the late 2010s. It was nominated for an Emmy Award, and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The documentary made the short list in the 'Documentary Feature' category for the 93rd Academy Awards and received a prestigious Peabody Nomination.

In March 2021, Ferguson and his longtime friend and professional recipe developer, Julie Tanous released a cookbook, Food Between Friends. Published by Clarkson Potter, the cookbook pays homage to their hometowns as they whip up modern California food with Southern and Southwestern spins.

Ferguson made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as "Chip" in George C. Wolfe's revival of?On the Town . Additional theater credits include his Drama Desk Award-winning "Best Solo Performance" for his 40-character turn in the Broadway production of?Fully Committed. ?He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park in productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors. Other theatre credits include world premieres of Log Cabin (Playwrights Horizons), Christopher Shinn's?Where Do We Live, as well as "Sir Robin" in Spamalot and "Leo Bloom" in The Producers, both?at The Hollywood Bowl.
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.

JESSE WILLIAMS is an activist/actor/entrepreneur and former high school teacher. He played 'Dr. Jackson Avery' on ABC's hit series "Grey's Anatomy" and has appeared in TV and films including The Cabin in the Woods, "Little Fires Everywhere," Lee Daniels' The Butler, Band Aid, and Selah and the Spades.

Williams produced the 2020 Oscar winning short film Two Distant Strangers. He served as senior producer and correspondent alongside Norman Lear for their EPIX docuseries "America Divided." He executive produced the documentary "Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement," which premiered summer 2016 and is currently touring internationally.

Williams is a partner and board member of Scholly, a mobile app that has connected students directly to over 100 million dollars in unclaimed scholarships. He is the co-founder of BLeBRiTY, a very successful black culturally centered mobile game and the Ebroji Mobile App, a popular cultural language keyboard.

Williams is founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of "Question Bridge: Black Males," a series of transmedia art installations on display as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's permanent collection.

Williams gained international attention for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. He is also the youngest member to sit on the Board of Directors for both Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization, and Harry Belafonte's arts and social justice organization, Sankofa.org

JULIAN CIHI was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He has been seen on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago and Off-Broadway in Romeo and Juliet (CSC). His regional credits include A Month in the Country (Williamstown Theater Festival), Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla Playhouse), and The Great Wave (Berkeley Rep). Julian has also performed in Japan, including RENT and a musical adaptation of As You Like It, all in Japanese. He has been seen on TV in "Mr. Robot" (USA), "Gypsy" (Netflix), "Crashing" (HBO), "The Outpost" (CW), "The Tick" (Amazon Prime). Education: Brown University (BA); NYU Grad Acting (MFA).

HIRAM DELGADO will make his Broadway debut in this production. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Agnes (59E59) and regionally at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Hiram's film and TV credits include "The Code," "Madame Secretary," and The Vessel. Education: BA, University of Puerto Rico: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.

CARL LUNDSTEDT will make his Broadway debut in this production. He has appeared on film in Joker (Warner Bros.). Carl's TV credits include "Manifest" (NBC), "Marvel's Cloak and Dagger" (Freeform), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), and "Conviction" (ABC). He appeared regionally in the World Premiere of Reverberation by Matthew Lopez (Hartford Stage, Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Connecticut Critics Circle Winner for Best Newcomer). Education: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

KEN MARKS has appeared on Broadway in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Uncle Ben), Airline Highway, Spring Awakening, Rock N'Roll, Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad), After the Fall, Mamma Mia (OBC), Present Laughter and Dancing at Lughnasa. Off-Broadway, Ken has appeared as The Colonel in Father Comes Home from the Wars (Public Theater), Bethany (Women's Project), Editor Webb in Our Town (Barrow Street), Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street) and Stuff Happens (Public Theater). His TV credits include recurring roles on "Elementary," "The Exorcist," "Life on Mars," and "The Tick," and guest stars on "Billions," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Madam Secretary" and various "Law & Order" episodes. Ken's film credits include The Confession, The Wackness, Step-Up 3D, Kelly & Cal, Henry's Crime and Blood Stripe.

MICHAEL OBERHOLTZER'sBroadway and Off-Broadway credits include Hand to God, The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center Theater) and The Talls (Second Stage). He has appeared on film and television in "Sneaky Pete"(Amazon), "Good Girls Revolt" (Amazon), "The Americans" (FX), "Forever" (ABC), "NYC 22" (CBS), "Law & Order" (NBC), Delivery Man, HairBrained, Hits, Cut Shoot Kill, Trouble, Staring at the Sun, Aardvark and South Mountain.

EDUARDO RAMOS will be making his Broadway debut with this production. His TV credits include "Alternatino with Arturo Castro" (Comedy Central), "The Deuce" (HBO), "Kevin Can Wait" (CBS), and "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central). His theatre credits include Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike (Hampton Theatre Company), and Bodas de Sangre (E3Outlaws/United Productions, Premios ACE "Best New Actor" winner for the role of Leonardo). Education: BA, Ursinus College.

TYLER LANSING WEAKS New York credits include: The New Yorkers (Encores!), Macbeth (Lincoln Center). Select Regional: Spike in Vanya and Sonia and... (Old Globe, Huntington), Comedy of Errors (Hartford Stage), The Glass Menagerie(Barrington Stage), Sparrowgrass (Trinity Rep.); TV Credits: The Good Wife (CBS), Elementary (CBS); Select Film: The Chaperone, A Rainy Day in New York and Nighthawks. MFA: Brown/Trinity Rep. As always, thanks Paige.


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