Star of stage and screen Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be returning to the Broadway stage in the spring of 2020 when he joins the Second Stage Theater revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning play Take Me Out. Ferguson will play the role of Mason Marzac, the money manager who develops a surprising and all-encompassing love for baseball. He will star opposite the recently announced Jesse Williams in the production directed by Scott Ellis. Previews for Take Me Out will begin on April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is best-known for his decade on the popular television sitcom Modern Family and his Emmy-nominated performance as Mitchell Pritchett. Ferguson made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 in the George C. Wolfe revival of On the Town. He originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in the William Finn musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. With The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Ferguson has appeared in The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors. In 2017, he won the Drama Desk Award for “Best Solo Performance” for his 40-character turn in the Broadway production of Fully Committed.
Second Stage Theater’s 41st season will include this fall’s Broadway debut of Steppenwolf’s Linda Vista, a dark comedy by Tracy Letts, directed by Dexter Bullard. Letts’ previous Second Stage productions include the 2017 production of Man from Nebraska, directed by David Cromer, and last summer’s staging of Mary Page Marlowe,directed by Lila Neugebauer. The company will include Ian Barford, Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Chantal Thuy, Jim True-Frost, Cora Vander Broek, and Troy West. The New York premiere of Grand Horizons will begin performances at The Hayes Theater in December, marking the Broadway debut of playwright Bess Wohl. This will be Ms. Wohl’s third production with Second Stage, following her play, American Hero, which premiered in 2014 as part of Second Stage’s Uptown series, and this summer’s upcoming production of Make Believe, directed by Michael Greif. Grand Horizons will be staged by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, whose Second Stage credits include The Way We Get By and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Grand Horizons will have its world premiere this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Two off-Broadway world premieres are on the company’s schedule as well: Will Eno’s The Underlying Chris, directed by Kenny Leon, which will play at The Tony Kiser Theater this October, and Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, directed by Whitney White, in a co-production with WP Theater, which will have its world premiere at the company’s uptown space, the McGinn/Cazale Theater, this fall.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.