Take Me Out celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, 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 Ferguson On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in Take Me Out on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson was born on October 22, 1975 in Missoula, Montana and later raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ferguson has been acting since he was 8 years old, first as a member of Albuquerque Children's Theater and later in high school, and studied performance at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Since then, he has built a prolific, 25-plus-year theatre career in New York and beyond. He made his Off-Broadway debut in On the Town at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and he made his Broadway debut with that production, too, when it transferred to the Gershwin Theatre. His other best-known Broadway roles include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — which earned him a Drama League Award nomination, and earned his entire ensemble a Drama Desk Award win — and Fully Committed, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. He's also appeared in multiple Shakespeare in the Park productions, The Producers and Monty Python's Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, and Log Cabin off Broadway.
Most people know Ferguson, however, for his TV work — more specifically, for his role as Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. He was in the show for all 11 seasons, from 2009 to 2020, and received four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series alongside his cast. He himself was also nominated five times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He's also appeared on shows like Ugly Betty, RuPaul's Drag Race, and The Good Fight.
In 2022, Ferguson returns to Broadway for the first time since doing Fully Committed in 2016. He plays Mason Marzac in the first revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, a role that won Denis O'Hare the Best Featured Actor Tony Award for the premiere Broadway production in 2002. Ferguson himself won a Tony for the role in 2022, and he's reprising it in Take Me Out's fall 2022 encore engagement.